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August 4, 2021

Fishing Dates, Cabin Openings & October 2-Fly

Rose River Farm Friends,

We have had very good weather for trout this past month (lots of rain and not too hot) at the Farm and have good holdover trout populations in addition to our standard stocking. We are opening September 12 and the calendar is now up at the Farm website. Hoppers, crickets and large caddis have been effective top water flys. Nymphs such as prince, hares ears, flash backs and zebra midges have been very productive. Often we like to fish them as droppers on 2 feet of 5X tippet below a hopper. Rose River Specials, Golden Retrievers, small black buggers and San Juan worms have also been good choices.

As many of you have no doubt noticed, we book up very quickly for the fall. Remember if you also book a cabin you can book rods (as long as they are available) up to 12 months in advance. Do watch Facebook or Instagram for last minute openings. Please consider booking your December and even January and February dates now.

A few 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 rentals 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. We still have a couple of November Sunday nights and midweek dates available--foliage is looking great. We also have a couple of weekend nights open in December.

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.

Facebook and Instagram

We utilize Facebook and Instagram Rose River Farm Instagram Page 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

Bamboo Fly Rods-- The Ultimate Christmas Gift

Jerry Nonnemacher has recovered from his hand surgery and is back in the workshop building the finest bamboo rods available. Any of these can be finished in time to put under the tree if you order now.

Lots of rods ready for buildout including 6 four piece Travelers, 1 three piece Spruce Creek and 4 2 pc, 2 tip Spruce Creeks, 7 1/2'. 1 4 pc. 2 tip Spruce Creek, 1 4 pc. 2 tip Spruce Creek Light and 1 4 pc. Travelers, 2 trout Bums, 8', 1 big horn trout bum, 8' 1 spruce creek, 1 spruce creek light, 1 hog slayer, all 7 1/2'. 2 tip Trout Bum 8' all available for custom build out.

Pricing, 1650.00 on two piece, 1750.00 on three piece and 1950.00 on the Travelers less 10%. Build out six weeks from deposit.

Email us to get your hands on one of these fantastic bamboo rods!!!

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 Bald Top Farm Brewery in Madison has food trucks and music most nights they are open. We also have a new Brewery and Winery called Shotwell/ Blue Quartz— music on most weekends.

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 38 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, Revelations Vineyard, Blue Quartz Winery, 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. 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.

Named 10 Most Unique Hotels in VA

March 1, 2017

Named top 10 by Best of Virginia-- "Rose River Farm is one of the most unique hotels on the list. The three, luxury rental cabins resembling Mongolian yurts. Fly-fishing is one of the most frequent activities, but Rose River also offers bamboo rod building classes and host's weddings. With views this gorgeous, you may never want to go home." The Best of Virginia

The Cabins a Top DC Getaway-- The Travel Channel

August 1, 2015

"Where to Stay: After a long day on your feet hiking Old Rag Mountain or White Oak Canyon Water Falls, treat yourself to rustic luxury with a night in a yurt at Rose River Farm" The Travel Channel

Feature Story in Bethesda Magazine

April 1, 2015

"ON AN APRIL AFTERNOON, my husband, Pete, and I head west in traffic during a downpour. But the next morning dawns clear and cool, with mist curling through the valley below our cozy hilltop yurt. As the primary accommodation at Rose River Farm, the yurt is far more luxurious than its name suggests, featuring 17-foot ceilings and leather furniture. I want to savor my coffee and the gorgeous view from our porch" The Bethesda Magazine

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