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October 24, 2014

New April Fishing Dates Released, Cabins & Chesapeake Bay Fisheries Symposium

Rose River Farm Friends, Spring is finally here and the warm weather will kick into high gear next week with temps forecasted to be in the high 60's to low 70's-- and no snow for a change. Spring hatches have begun with Quill Gordon's BWO's, March Browns and a variety of Caddis. Popular patterns include tan Caddis, Mr. Rapidan, black Caddis, BWO's, Griffith's Gnats, Gary's Winged Stone Flys. Size 16 orange Caddis, yellow Caddis, and parachute Adams have also produced for us as have small black wooly buggers and Rose River Specials. For nymphs we like zebra midges, San Juan worms, small copper Johns, prince nymphs and assorted small flashy patterns like the Orvis fly formerly known as prince.

The good news is the fishing is great-- the bad news is that we have very few openings remaining through our mid June closing date. We have however, just released a few select April dates at the website. If you want to fish the Farm this spring you need to book NOW. Go to the Rose River Farm Rose River Farm Fishing Booking Calendar. All booking is done online at the Farm website which is fully automated and available 24 hrs a day.

About two years ago we also began offering luxury rental cabins for both our fishing guests and for those who just like to escape to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. For cabin rental availability please go to the Rose River Farm Cabin Booking Calendar for availability and booking. All booking is done online at the Farm website which is fully automated and available 24 hrs a day. Remember even if you can't get a date to fish the Farm we are located in the heart of some of Virginia's finest Brook trout waters. There is detailed info and maps on the cabins page of the Farm website.

Cheasapeake Bay Fisheries Symposium

Many of you have wondered how you can help protect and restore Chesapeake Bay fish stocks. With that in mind, Chris Newsome is organizing the 1st Annual Finfish Restoration Symposium in an effort to bring coordination among public stakeholders who desire fisheries conservation on the Chesapeake Bay. The focus of the event is to educate people on topics of fisheries science, management and policy. Most importantly, he hopes the symposium serves as a platform to unite the public so their desires for fisheries restoration can be heard. Rose River Farm has stepped up as one of the Sponsors of this event and we ask you to please spread the word and attend the event on March 29th. For more info go to Bay Fly Fishing.

The Cabins and Special Events

The cabins have proven to be a huge hit with fishermen and those just looking to escape to the mountains for a couple of nights. We have hosted a few company retreats and a number of "sales and customer appreciation" events. We have even had a few small weddings. We are happy to assist you in planning any of these kind of special events. We can help you arrange activities like fly fishing lessons or even preserve bird hunting or sporting clays. We can recommend great local catering or restaurant choices.

The cabins are really unique with their 17 foot ceilings and round walls. All booking can be done online at the Farm Website cabins page. The cabins are 2 bedroom, 2 bath, with 2 double beds in each bedroom. They have a full kitchen and a living / dining room with leather club furniture and a nice big round table perfect for a little cards after a day on the River! There is also a 42 inch Sat TV with DVD player- the cabins are first class in every way. Please go to the Farm Website to see pictures or the new promotional video.

The cabins are perfect for a weekend get-a-way, hiking Old Rag, the SNP, doing a wine tour or just relaxing in the mountains. The cabins are very private as they are located on a separate 20 acre parcel that is catty corner to the main Farm property.

Don't forget that some of the best public trout waters are just minutes from the cabins - The Rapidan, White Oak Canyon, The Conway and the Upper Rose to name just a few of the nearby opportunities for native Brookie fishing. There are also great smallmouth opportunities and shad fishing all less than an hour from the cabins. We have guides available for all of these waters or can point you in the right direction to fish on your own. You do not have to fish the Farm to stay at the Cabins.

Bamboo Rods

As many of you know the Farm is one of the select and largest dealers in the United States for Nonnemacher precision made bamboo rods. These rods are made by hand in Pennsylvania by Jerry and his son Ben of the finest Tonkin cane, burled woods and nickel silver components.

These are presentation quality rods that have been gifts to heads of state. Every year Jerry makes a special rod for the Farm. This year he has made two-- both 5 wt in 7 or 7 1/2 foot lengths. The special price for this one tip rod is $899. Other weights and two tip rods are also available but not at this incredible price. Email me for more details and to place your order.

For April we have a special $100 credit toward one of our reels to go with your new bamboo rod. Choose from Hardy, Willow or Saracione. These reels are the perfect choice for your new rod.

We got a note on available inventory from Jerry this morning--

Douglas, as of today we have the following rods available:

Finished: rose river special 7'. Green wraps, walnut reel seat, slide band, down lock, ready to go, 899.00 One remaining

Finished: same as above, brown silk wraps. 899.00

Finished: rose river outfitters 7 1/2' hog slayer, very dark finish, walnut reel seat, threaded barrel, dark brown silk, gold tipping. New colors for 2014. 999.00 SOLD

Rose River Outfitters guide series: new for 2014, 7' 4" 5 wt. 2 tips. Walnut reel seat, uplock threaded barrel with dark brown silk, gold tipping. First in a new series of rods 1450.00

Live Music

If you are looking for live music when staying at the Cabins be sure to check out Early Mountain Vineyard (live music on the patio Friday, Saturday and Sunday), DuCard Vineyard (live music most weekends), and the brand new State Theater in Culpeper (regional and national acts). Of course Charlottesville is also a great music venue and the outdoor nTelos Wireless Arena, The Paramount Theater and the JPJ Arena are all only about a 45 min drive.


We utilize Facebook for communication in-between our monthly newsletters. If you have not been to the site recently please visit again so you can see the new timeline page. For those of you who do not have an account you can still read all of the farms posts on the Farm website at the News tab. If you have an account please "Like" our page to get our updates. We post all last minute openings here as well as tons of photos and even videos. The other great thing is it allows you to post your own fishing reports and pictures too! Rose River Farm Facebook Page

Hook & Hackle

The Hook & Hackle Company is one of our favorite online fly shops. They have become an international leader in helping fly anglers do what they call "flycraft," which is making their own flies and making their own rods with Hook & Hackles help. Their web store has become one of the most popular destination for anglers 'fishing' on the web to purchase the highest quality products available at very reasonable prices. You can visit them at The Hook & Hackle company is dedicated to fly fishing education -- for over 36 years!

Hook & Hackle also carries Project Healing Waters Shirts and Hats!

Wineries near the Farm

Madison and the surrounding counties have become major players in the Virginia wine scene. Close by wineries include DuCard Vineyards (the closest to the Farm and one of my personal favorites-- Cabin guests ask about a complimentary tasting coupon for two), Sharp Rock, Early Mountain (recently purchased and beautifully renovated by AOL founder Steve Case-- now serving food too), Prince Michel, Barboursville, Rappahannock Cellars and Grey Ghost Vineyards just to name a few. Our winery has tastings by appointment as well. The Farm Website Cabins Page has many links to wineries and other nearby restaurants and natural attraction like Old Rag Mountain, White Oak Canyon, Camp Hoover. Stay at the cabins and make it a wine, hiking or fly fishing mini vacation. Check out our new google map found on the cabins page for more details.

Review-- Family getaway at The Cabins at Rose River Farm in Lateral Line

January 1, 2014

"We could not have picked a better time and place for a weekend vacation with the family. While many families may pass on the thought of going on a trip to a fishing cabin, the yurts at Rose River Farms are a family-friendly luxury. There are many nearby outdoor activities that do not require a fishing rod. The peacefulness and the idyllic setting is a much needed reprieve for everyone."

Read the entire review here

The Farm is named a top Destination

June 5, 2013

Check out the story here: Virginia is For Lovers Blog

Common Bonds-- Relaxing with Friends at RRF by Ed Felker in Dispatches From the Potomac

February 11, 2013

Terrific story and photos about four friends catching up and enjoying two days and a night at Rose River Farm Dispatches from the Potomac

Great article about staying at the cabins and fishing the Farm by Joel Johnson

January 23, 2013

Escape to the Piedmont by Joel Johnson

Joel R. Johnson is a writer, conservationist, veteran brand strategist, amateur genealogist, and passionate angler living in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn with a wife and a cat named Ninja.

Big Brookies in the Park-- 10 min from the cabins. Great photo essay!!!

April 15, 2012

Fantastic photo essay about Brookie fishing in the SNP only a few miles from the cabins from a frequent "Cabins at Rose River Farm" guest Ed Felker. His wonderful photography and writing can be found at his blog Dispatches From the Potomac. Dispatches From the Potmac

NBC Sports films PHW at the Farm

November 22, 2011

NBC Sports as part of their Sunday Night NFL Toyota Halftime show picked PHW to be the charity of the week. The sent a camera crew out to the Farm and filmed PHW in action. Toyota awarded PHW $10,000 and played a short version of this video durring the Sunday night broadcast.

Check out the video here: NBC Sports Video

Independent review of the Cabins at Rose River Farm

July 20, 2011

Please read this detailed review by Blogger Cameron Hill