See the month of October, nice photo, and I will retype the text here for those mistaken enough to think this stretch of the James is less than lovely:
"The James River begins its majestic journey in Botetourt County, winding through the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on its way to the Bay. The UNSPOILED beauty of the river is more accessible than ever through the Upper James River Water Trail. Paddlers, anglers and families can get back to nature and enjoy the sights and sounds of 45 miles of the Upper James, including 14 PRISTINE miles designated as a Virginia Scenic River.
...the major attraction of the Upper James River includes its scenery, world-class bass fishing, friendly small town atmosphere, and rich history and diverse character..."
Sounds to me like Bowler1 just can't appreciate unspoiled beauty and pristine miles! Maybe paddled by those 14 miles too fast?
BTW, I find those "improved" fishing spots in many places in this part of the country, and yes they are generally disgusting. I guess that is what it takes to produce "world-class bass fishing." You'd expect fishing people to know better, but in general, they don't even see the trash.