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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).


Dan Rice Fly Fishing Guide

FISHING 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 USGS in Wyoming measuring CFS and 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 was on the USA Today panel of experts for selecting the Best Fly Fishing Rivers (2024), and a paid extra in the feature film "Mending the Line." 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, and also teaching fly tying and rod building classes. 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.

Paul Zimmerman Riverfeet Fly Fishing Guide
Ken Fairbanks, Riverfeet Fly Fishing

FISHING GUIDE: Kristen Blankenship grew up in Richlands, Virginia and spent nearly every weekend on South Holston fishing for anything that would bite. As an adult, that love for fishing expanded to include fly fishing. She enjoys floating the local tailwaters and exploring the mountain streams fishing for wild brown trout, rainbow trout, and native brook trout. She also has a passion for throwing streamers and seeking out smallmouth in our local rivers. She is a strong believer in maintaining the health and conservation of our local and regional waters in order to maintain the healthy fishery we get to enjoy today. "I would love to see that in another 20 to 30 years, we are able to go out to these same rivers and observe greater numbers and higher quality fish than we do even now." 

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FISHING GUIDE: Larry Johnson grew up in Florida where he learned to fish for bass and crappie, and also spent time fishing in the Atlantic Ocean and the gulf coast. In 1993 he took a job out west near Salt Lake City Utah. A friend took him fly fishing with an old glass rod and size 16 Elk hair caddis, and from that evening he was hooked on the fly. He took a lesson on tying flies and fished all of the rivers near Salt Lake, Ogden and Logan in Utah. He also fished the Yellowstone and Madison rivers in Montana, plus many float trips on the tailwaters of the Green River below the Flaming Gorge reservoir. He and his wife fished the high mountain lakes of the Uintas outside Salt Lake in float tube's for Brook trout. He recently retired to northeast Tennessee, so chasing trout and smallmouth bass in the rivers and mountain streams has become his passion. He’s always looking forward to the next great adventure.

Fishing Guides Tony and Cathy Miller are a husband and wife team who grew up in Southwest Virginia. They live on a small beef cattle farm and have raised two sons in the Damascus area. They now enjoy time camping and fishing with three grandkids. Tony grew up fishing for trout and walleye on South Holston Lake with his dad and uncle, and Cathy knew early on in their relationship that fishing would be a big part of their life. While Tony and Cathy enjoy all types of fishing, their passion is trolling for trout on South Holston Lake. With over 50 years experience fishing the lake, they have developed knowledge of catching Lake Trout, Rainbows and Browns using trolling techniques. They enjoy teaching anglers of any age or level the excitement of trout fishing. “When we are on South Holston Lake surrounded by the mountains and watching bald eagles, it reminds us why we have always stayed here.”

Tony Miller, Fishing Guide, Riverfeet Fly Fishing
Earl Simpson Riverfeet Fly Fishing

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.

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