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Home to the American Museum of Fly Fishing History, the Orvis company headquarters, and the famous Battenkill River, Vermont has a rich history in fly fishing that continues to grow as anglers partake of the world-class trout fishing that defines this state.
With headwaters in the Green Mountains, the Battenkill flows through the southwest corner of Vermont for nearly 50 miles before crossing into New York State. Anglers make the pilgrimage to the blue ribbon waters of the Battenkill to experience iconic hatches such as the Hendrickson, and test their dry fly fishing skills on the stream's wild brown trout, referred to by locals as ?Battenkill Gold.? Brook trout are also abundant in the Battenkill as well as in its tributaries such as the Roaring Branch, Bromley Brook, and the Green River. There are many small streams throughout the state including Otter Creek, the Walloomsac River, and the beginner-friendly Mettawee River, which is full of wild rainbows and browns. Some of the best native brook trout fishing in the state is found in the headwater streams in Green Mountain National Forest, and while most fish are under 10 inches, are generally very hungry and eager to take a fly.
While trout are the main attraction in Vermont, northern pike are also very popular among fly anglers and are widely available throughout the state. The best pike fishing takes place in Vermont?s many lakes, with Lake Bomoseen, Lake Hortonia, Lake St. Catherine, and Bristol Pond being some of the favorites. There is also outstanding smallmouth bass fishing to be had in Vermont in rivers such as the Connecticut, and lakes such as Memphremagog, Eden, and Seymore. No matter what species you're after, fishing in Vermont is very seasonal, with little or no action happening in the bitter cold winter months. Open season for trout is generally from April to October, but be sure to check with local authorities for exact dates.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Vermont
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of