WINNER OF THE 2023 WASHINGTON COUNTY BUSINESS CHALLENGE
Riverfeet Fly Fishing is an independently owned family run business. Founding guide, Dan Rice, is a third generation angler of the fly, and has spent the better part of thirty years learning the craft. We are big believers in the concept that each trip with us should not only focus on catching fish, but also provide memorable outdoor experiences. We take fly rods to the river not only to catch the biggest and most fish, but to fully engage in the natural world. As such, our trips are focused on wild places and wild fish. From stalking trout in backcountry streams, biking mountain trails in order to reach sections of river rarely fished, and to our remote valley river floats, we live for the serene outdoors and aim to share this experience with our clients. As conservation-minded recreationalists, we are active volunteers of riparian clean-up, and all of our trips are catch-and-release only (with the exception of camp trips, where clients can select to keep a fish to fry over a fire).
OWNER/LEAD GUIDE: Dan Rice has spent the better part of 30 years focused on seeking out fishy places. From his time in Ely, MN guiding fishing trips into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, to his work for the Department of Interior in Wyoming studying the hydrology of remote high mountain trout streams, to working as the Fly Fishing Trips Sales Manager for the largest fleet of guides in the state of Montana, and the summer he spent living in a wall tent in a wilderness beside a river with musky and smallmouth bass. He now resides in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia where he enjoys fishing and guiding the mountain streams and valley rivers for wild fish. He's passionate about the craft of fly fishing, and is focused on providing clients not only a great day on the water, but ensuring they walk away with some new intel that can be applied to the rest of their angling lives. He's the founding editor of Riverfeet Press, a contributing writer to the Big Sky Journal annual Fly Fishing issue, editor of the book Familiar Waters: A Lifetime of Fly Fishing Montana, and author of The Unpeopled Season: A Journal of Solitude and Wilderness.
FISHING GUIDE: Paul Zimmerman was born in Buffalo New York and has spent most of his life on the Western Slope of Colorado. He began working as a professional fly fishing guide in 2003, and guided on the Roaring Fork, Frying Pan, Eagle and Colorado River as well as other bodies of water. When he moved to Abingdon, VA in 2023, he already had 8,000 river miles under his boat. He’s been active with numerous fishing and river non-profits, such as Reel Recovery, Casting for Recovery, Roaring Fork River Guide Alliance, plus Trout Unlimited. When asked why he became a Fly Fishing Guide, he says, “I enjoy teaching fly fishing not just to newbies but to experienced fly fishers. When guiding my biggest satisfaction is to provide clients with a great experience that they will remember for a long time. My years of guiding experience have taught me a lot about myself so that I can better serve others properly.”
Casting Instructor/Ambassador, Earl Simpson grew up in upstate New York on the upper Hudson River. He began fishing off his family dock at the age of five, and started trout fishing the legendary upstate streams in his teens. He began fly fishing and tying flies in his mid-twenties, which introduced him to the Clearwater Branch of Trout Unlimited. He’s been an avid volunteer of stream improvement on the trophy section of the Battenkill, as well as an instructor of fly fishing classes for TU and Orvis. Now making his home in eastern Tennessee, he enjoys exploring new waters while catching fish on feathers and fur and exercising catch-and-release ethics.
RIVERFEET AMBASSADOR & FREELANCE GUIDE: David Kusenda has over 25 years of experience immersed in outdoor adventure activities such as fishing, all-season-camping, hiking and mountain bike racing. His love for the outdoors, and the health benefits of an active lifestyle, were fostered in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park as a child, and flourished throughout his college years at Tennessee Technological University, finishing at the University of Tennessee with concentrations in Biochemistry and Economics. After a successful career managing the in-home skilled care for medically fragile children, the beckon to share these outdoor experiences with others was too much to resist. David has spent most days for the better part of 3 years with wet fly lines in both fresh and saltwater, from Missouri to Florida and everywhere in between, with his biggest focus being the Southwest Virginia and Northeastern Tennessee region. He is a firm believer in the holistic health benefits of a great day on the water, and strives to provide his clients with skills and knowledge that will serve them long after the adventure. David’s clients often compliment his positive energy, enthusiasm and patience.
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