Rhea lives in Upperville, Virginia, where she runs a Fly Fishing School from April through June, covering everything from casting to wading safety, to conservation issues, to entomology. She also offers the same schools based out of Livingston, Montana in the Summer.

She achieved the FFF Master Instructor designation in 1997, the second woman ever to do so, and has certified new instructors throughout the US.
 
Both her hit DVD, "The Double Haul," and the best selling book, "ROD RAGE, A Guide to Angling Ethics," The Lyons Press, can be purchased by clicking on the pictures on the HOME page.                   
Rhea compiled and analyzed hundreds of stories and opinions worldwide, including those of many noted experts on both on- and - off stream behavior: what is good, what is bad and what to do about it. Her slide show on the same topic is not only fun, but also important for our survival, and can be booked for clubs or events.
 
Rhea has been a strong promoter of the FFF Casting Instructor Certification Program. This is a program conceived by Mel Krieger and designed to help solidify standards and bring reliability and dependability to casting instruction worldwide.

As President of Mayfly Adventures, LLC, she takes small groups of fly fishing enthusiasts to such destinations as The Western States, Labrador, Louisiana, Tierra del Fuego, Patagonia, Chile, Costa Rica, Belize, Venezuela, The Bahamas, and Mexico to name a few.

In 1999 Rhea pioneered the Women's and Children's Summer Fly Fishing Courses for the Yellowstone Association Institute, www.yellowstoneassociation.org, in Yellowstone National Park. 

When teaching her own schools rather than teaching one specific style or methodology, she believes in incorporating many and adjusting those to each individual student. She also believes that in order to learn, at any age, it must be fun!

She has been an Instructor at the famous Wulff School of Fly Fishing, as well as for The Mel Krieger International Schools. She was Head Instructor for the Becoming an Outdoor Woman program for the state of Vermont and is an instructor for Casting for Recovery.

Rhea was the Associate Producer of the successful video “Joan Wulff's Dynamics of Fly Casting,”  “Fly Fishing with Kids,” a nonprofit video shot in Argentina with Mel Krieger in 2001, and “Mel Krieger’s Forty Years in Patagonia.” 
 
Rhea has served as both a Regional and National Director of the FFF. She has worked on the National Site Selection, the International, and the Outreach Committees and also served as Awards Chair. Her accolades include being described by everyone as, “a
full time ambassador for the sport.” 

Rhea was honored as the Federation of Fly Fishers' “1999 Woman of the Year, ” and in 2003 received the FFF's Lew Jewett Lifetime Award. 

She is an advisory member of the Pro Staff for Ross Reels, and supports the following clubs and organizations:
The Federation of Fly Fishers
Trout Unlimited
The Yellowstone Association Institute
The Catskill Fly Fishing Center
The Atlantic Salmon Federation
The Nature Conservancy
The Coastal Conservation Association
The Chesapeake Women Anglers
Casting for Recovery
 
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