rose river farm - madison county, virginia - private water trophy trout fishing

Other places to fly fish near the Farm

While many consider the Farm to be the pinnacle of piedmont fly fishing there are a number local streams in close proximity to the Farm that provided excellent native brook trout fishing, stream bred brown trout fishing and even Shad and Smallmouth Bass. Many of our guests enjoy fishing the farm one day and then spend a day or even two more fishing local jewels such as the Rapidan or White Oak Canyon. A short drive (about an hour) can have you fishing the Shad run on the Rappahannock or stream bred browns on Mossy Creek. A Summer float trip for Smallies on the James or the Shenandoah can also be arranged (these rivers are also only about an hour away).

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A - Robinson River Access E - Upper Rose River Access
B - Staunton River Hike-in Access F - White Oak Canyon/Cedar Run
C - Conway River and Devils Ditch Access G - Hughes River Access
D - Rapidan River Access H - Hazel River Access

The Rapidan wildlife Management Area

The Rapidan
Angling at Rapidan Camp

White Oak Canyon

The Upper Rose

The Robinson

The Conway River

The Staunton River

The Hughes

The Hazel

Mossy Creek

Shad Fishing
Shad fishing is a very exciting annual event that takes place each spring for about 6 weeks each spring from mid March until early May. The Rappahannock in Fredericksburg offers some of the best wade fishing for Shad available anywhere. An annual ritual for myself and a group of my fly fishing friends is to fish the Farm one day and the Shad the next. Guiding is available or you can give it a try on your own. Shad, both Hickory and American, readily take the fly and these 1 to 5 pound "miniature Tarpon" give quite a fight. 25 or even 50 fish days are not unheard of during the peak run.

Smallmouth Bass
Another great fly fishing opportunity within an hour of the Farm is Smallmouth Bass on the fly. Float trips on such rivers as the James can be arranged as can self guided or float fishing on the North Fork and South Fork of the Shenandoah. We have great guides on call and will make all the arrangements for our guests to fish these outstanding fisheries. Smallies can be a real treat on the fly and if you have not tried them you are really missing out. Lefty Kreh is fond of calling even large trout "trash fish" when he is fishing Bronze Backs!