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April Newsletter and Fishing Report
May 19, 2013
Spring Fishing Dates, Cabins, Bamboo Rod Building Class Dates Set
Rose River Farm Friends, The weather has started off a little chilly this spring, but the fishing is already getting hot. Black Stone Flys are giving way to Blue Wing Olives, March Browns and Quill Gordons. While fishing earlier in the week we landed plenty of nice trout on Size 16 BWO's, Mr. Rapidans, orange caddis, yellow caddis, and parachute Adams. Small black wooly buggers and Rose River Specials were strong producers too.. For nymphs we like zebra midges, bead head caddis nymphs, San Juan worms, small copper Johns, prince nymphs and assorted small flashy patterns like the Orvis fly formerly know as prince.
The good news is the fishing is great -- the bad news is we have very few openings left through our projected seasonal close of June 15. 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. I can't stress strongly enough that if you want to fish the farm this spring you must book immediately.
As those who have fished with us know, we offer some of the finest trout fishing exclusively for the fly angler in the Mid Atlantic. The readers of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine just voted Rose River Farm the best private water fly fishery in Virginia! About one year 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.
About one year 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. We do have one cabin available for this Saturday night if anyone would like a last minute getaway. Spring weekends are filling fast. Be sure and check out our new interactive Google Map guides to the dozen wineries surrounding the Farm, the 7 great brook trout streams and a complete listing of area restaurants.
The Bamboo rod building class dates are set for June 20-23. This is an event not to be missed. See below for more information.
If you have missed our wine tastings or have run out of our wine, we have good news. Our Peach Wine (Impeccable Peach from The Winery at Rose River Farm) is in Virginia ABC stores NOW. If you do not see it in your local ABC store just request it and they can have it sent from their warehouse in Richmond - usually only takes about a week.
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 Rod Building Class
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.
Many of you have expressed interest in building your own rod under the direction of Jerry Nonnemacher. We are planning to do a class for up to six participants. The class will be held from June 20-23.. The class will be an action packed 4 day event that will Include lodging, with a private room in our cabins. At the conclusion of the class you will have a completed 2 tip, high quality bamboo rod that will have all the highest quality components and that legendary Nonnemacher finish. The class with food, drink, lodging and complete rod will cost $2,500 per person. The price also includes daily fishing at the Farm! Dates will be set shortly.If you are interested in reserving a spot please email me as we are limited to 6 participants and three spots are already spoken for.
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 www.hookhack.com. 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), Prince Michel, Barboursville, Rappahannock Cellars and Stonewall Vinyards 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 attractions like Old Rag Mountain, White Oak Canyon, Camp Hoover. Stay at the cabins and make it a wine, hiking or fly fishing mini vacation.
Michael Simon Art Show
Our good friend Michael Simon is having a showing of his original water colors in April. You won't want to miss this one! April 4, 5-7 pm at the Shenandoah Valley Art Center at 126 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Virginia. Come out and support a great Virginia Angling Artist! He will have a number of new original water colors exhibited and offered for sale.
Hats, T-Shirts & Flys
Great news-- the shipment of Farm logo hats have arrived. They are available at the Farm Fly Shop in the big white barn with the green roof at the top of the hill. It is straight up the road from the gazebo. We also have a great assortment of flys in the barn as well as incidentals like leaders and tippet.
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.
Purchase Gift Certificates Here
June 10, 2012
The Farm is happy to provide gift certificates for rod days, guiding or cabins. You can purchase these certificates at our sister site www.virginiatrout.com by clicking the link below. After paying please send us a quick email just saying that you paid online and we will reply with a gift cerfificate that you can print and give to the lucky fisherman!
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