Rose River Farm is a working Black Angus cattle operation with extensive peach orchards, hay fields and wildlife habitat. All of our farming operations are conducted in environmentally sensitive ways so as to keep the land pristine for generations to come. Our stretch of the river is some of the purest water in the State of Virginia.
About the Owner
The concept of the Farm was conceived by Douglas Dear who has been an avid fly fisherman, bird hunter and outdoorsman most of his life. He and his wife Jennifer and their two boys purchased the land nearly ten years ago and transformed it into what it is today. Douglas, a former real estate investment banking executive, who is now a private investor and outdoor writer, saw the need for a fly fishing getaway that was close to Washington, DC but offered an uncrowded fly fishing experience that was similar to the fishing he traveled to Colorado and Montana to enjoy. A fly fishing trip to Patagonia prompted the addition of rental cabins to the Farm. The first class luxury cabins, in the style of modern day Mongolian Yurts, were completed in 2011.
From the beginning an important aspect of the Farm has been sharing it. The Farm is regularly donated for use by groups such as Project Healing Waters, Casting For Recovery, Trout Unlimited's Youth Conservation Camp, The Boys and Girls Club and the Boy Scouts of America. We also support charitable groups such as Costal Conservation Association, Trout Unlimited, Federation of Fly Fishers, Wild Turkey Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Young Life and many others. In 2011 The Farm was named the National Home Waters of Project Healing Waters to commemorate the 5th Annual 2-Fly Tournament held at the Farm. Also in 2011 Douglas was recognized as a national LL Bean Outdoor Hero for his work as Chairman of the Board of Project Healing Waters.