Vermont Fishing Reports
September 22, 2023
Wonderdul fall fly fishing day in southern vermont. 5 trout hooked a two landed one rainbow trout close to 20" in length. Terrestrials, nymphs, a streamers with some really exiting chases.
August 13, 2023
Summer Rain Setting Us Up For Epic Fall Season
We've had the rainiest July on record, I'm sure you saw our little stste in the news this summer. While much of the state was hammered our little corner in the Battenkill Valley faired relatively well. Strong flows and cool water temps has the trout very healthy this year. While I traditionally don't book trout trips in late July and August due to low, warm water this year I have got out a little with friends and found the fish happy and healthy. This abundent summer rain is setting us up for an amazing fall. I'll be guiding the back half of September and all of October on southern vermont rivers. Book early if you want to get out and have some chasing browns and brookies all colored up in there spawning coolers and an occasional big fat hold over rainbow or two...
July 5, 2023
High Water Success
Big rain the last week had Southern Vermont rivers up significatly. The Wallomsac was at 500CFS today verses its normal mid-summer flow if 100 CFS. The fish where pushed out of there usual holds into softer water but continued to feed subsurface. We had good rainbow and brown trout action all morning on small weighted nymphs.
June 24, 2023
Rainy Day Good Day To Fish
2 boats 4 good friends over a dozen fish. We got some much needed rain in Southern VT and the fish responded facoribke. Mostly nymph fishing today but close to 20 hook-uo and a dozen browns to net.
June 9, 2023
Vermont Flyfishing Peak
Fly fishing trout in southern Vermont has been a lot of fun the past few weeks. Cool weather has kept the water temps nice and cool despite no rain.
May 27, 2023
Big Fish on drys, wets and nymphs
Steady day of quality fish for both a seasoned fly fisherman and a fist time fly fisher. Double digit day with sone quality fish pushing 18" on the surface, emerging and nymphs near the bottom. Fish where moving to the fly, brown trout and rainbow trout. Really fun day!
May 10, 2023
When It’s On, It’s on!
Another epic day fishing southern Vermont trout waters. steady fish all day on nymphs and streamers...
May 5, 2023
Double Digit Day
Double digit day in more ways than one. Well over 10 fish landed and several in the 18" plus range with one big female coming in at 22". River flows were manageable in the 400 cfs range and fish where keying on cadis at every stag in the life cycle. A really fun day to be out there...
April 29, 2023
Cold Rainy Raw But Caught Fish
Fished the Batten Kill river on the NY side of the line today- water temps high forties, air temps low forties and steady rain. Fortunatly the river flows weren't bad and we managed to land a few browns. Saw some caddis but trout where down all our action we on nymphs nesr the bottom.
April 27, 2023
Hendrickson HatcH Action
The first major hatch (Hendrickson) of the Vermont fly fishing season was in full force today on the Battenkill River in Southern Vermont with thousands of bugs coming off starting around 1pm. Fish where active moving up in the water column to eat. I had a very large fish break me off but managed to land three nice browns in the 10-12" range.
April 19, 2023
Wild Vermont Battenkill Brown Trout
I had a few hours this morning so got out on my home waters, Vermont Battenkill River, to get the rust off and to see how my peeps made it through the winter. It was snowing with air temps in the high 30’s and water temps in the low 40’s, water was certainly up but manageable. Straight light, drop shot tandem nymph rig on a Orvis Recon 10’ 3wt did the trick. A bit thin but healthy 20” wild Vermont Battenkill brown trout danced with me and posed for pictures.
April 12, 2023
Guide Buddies Having Success
While I was visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Texas eating way too much brisket and tamales the fly fishing started to heat-up back home in Southern Vermont. Fellow area guides Christian Betit (brown trout photo in this report) and Ray Beruman (rainbow double photo in this report) where putting clients on quality fish all week as flows became manageable, water temps moved-up into the mid 40's and air temps got into the 60s and 70's. Time for me to get on the water and join the party.