Need a shuttle or want to rent gear for a great day on the Rappahannock or Rapidan? Check out these outfitters:
Rappahannock River Campground: In addition to being the perfect family setting for a weekend of camping, the Rappahannock River Campground offers canoeing, kayaking and tubing every weekend between April 1st and the end of October with reservations strongly recommended during the peak season of May through July. There are discounts available to military personnel, seniors, scouts and other groups. The camp store carries camping, canoeing and fishing supplies that you can either buy or rent. They also sell firewood and ice.
Clore Brothers Outfitters: Between April and October, Clore Brothers offer river trips starting from different access points that give you the opportunity to tailor a day to the type of water, your energy and time available. Depending on the trip, the shuttle times vary with the day of the week and the destination.
Virginia Outdoor Center: They bring more to the table than just being a canoe/kayak livery. Beyond water sports, they offer a climbing wall, climbing classes, ropes course, kayak instruction, guided day hikes and backpacking trips in the Shenandoah National Park as well as themed youth camps. Finally, if you do not want to venture onto the Rappahannock without professional assistance, you can sign up for one of their full or half day guided fishing trips.
Guides I have personally used and endorse:
CA - Steve Bertrand (Mt Shasta Area)
ME - Andy Raio Bass ( All of Maine)
TN - Smoky Mountain Guide Service (SF Holston and others)
TN - South Fork Holston Guide Service (SF Holston and others)
Albemarle Angler - Fly shop and guide service. Great source of advice and respond quickly to emails. They put me on a HUGE smallie on the Rivanna!
Mossy Creek Fly Fishing - Fly shop and guide service. Manages a huge inventory of private water available via the guide service or on a pay as you go basis. Offers fly fishing and fly tying lessons.
The Angler's Inn / Kelly's White Fly Shop - Guided fishing on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers near Harpers Ferry
WISP Resort - Orvis Endorsed guides on the Savage, North Branch, Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers. Also offer equipment rental, clinics and instruction
Savage River Lodge - Offers guide service covering all the major water - the Savage, North Branch, Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers. Also offers instruction and rental equipment.
Spring Creek Outfitters - Guides on all the major rivers in Garrett County - the Yough, North Branch, and others
Savage River Outfitters - A full service Fly Shop and Orvis Dealer located on the lower Savage River. In addition to lodging in 3 riverside homes, they offer guide services and fly fishing instruction.
Four Season Fly Fishing (Yellow Breeches, Bald Eagle, Black Moshannon, Little Juniata, Clarks, Oil, Penns, Pine, and Spring creeks)
Tri-State (VA, MD, PA)
Eastern Trophies - coverage of the major fishing destinations in the tri-state area. Also offers special trips to western destinations
Dusty Wissmath's Fly Fishing School and Guide Service - coverage of the major fishing destinations in the tri-state area as well as national and international trips. Guide services in conjunction with the school as well
Team 7X - guides Rhode Island and Eastern Connecticut with a specialty of evening wade trips on the Natchaug as well as group instruction. The Natchaug is CT's second most heavily stocked trout stream. It is classifed as a trophy trout stream.