Vermont Fishing Reports
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.
March 21, 2023
Bugs On The Surface
I got out on the Battenkill river for some scouting snd little fly fishing during the warm part of the day. Flows are up but not crazy. Water temps where in the low 40's. I brought a streamer rig and euro nymh rig with me and much to my shagrin I found a winter black stone fly hatch in full swing. it was fun to get out and kick around for an hour or so -- next time out I'll hit it a little harder so I can post a fish pick. Some Vermont fly fishing guides are posting some nice fish taken on streamers in the slow winter holding spots.
March 4, 2023
Snow Storm Good For Fish
This foot of snow was a much welcome and needed event in the high altitudes of the green mountains in Southern Vermont. After a relativly light snow fall Feburary, March storms have added nicely to the snow pack which will translate in fresh cold water in the tributaries making there way down to our prime valley rivers the Batrenkill, Hoosick and Walloomsac. Winter snow fall is so important to keeping our rivers cool and flowing for our indigenous trout populations. While the Battenkill has thousands of springs that keep it cool and flowing well into July our other primary valley rivers rely on snow pack feed tributaries from the mountains to keep them cool and supporting the brown, brook and rainbow trout we love to chase. While I've been a Vermont fly fishing guide for the last six years, I've lived and fly fished this beutiful area for the past 30 years. Know
March 2, 2023
The Season Is Almost Here
Recent snow and rain has been good for Southern Vermont Trout fisheries. Today i restocked the streamer box, it wont be long before water temps start to inch up and those big battenkill browns start to move up out of their deep winter holding water to become a bit more active. Starting to have those fly fishing guide dreams...
October 6, 2022
Fall Fly Fishing Fun
Slammin day with an experienced fly fisherman in the boat. Water levels where low, super clear and the water temps where in the high 50's. We had 15+ trout eat, hooked a dozen and landed 8 fish. Most of the fish caught where rainbow trout in the 14-18" range and one big 22+" male brown trout! Wonderdul day to be fly fishing for trout in southern Vermont rivers.
October 2, 2022
Quality Fall Fish
A couple of buddies booked me to celebrate his 75th birithday. We fly fished southern Vermont rivers over two days and landed some quality fish. Temps where cool, trees turning color and fish in spawning colors...
September 23, 2022
High Water Big Fun!
Big rain in southern Vermont all day yesterday had the Walloomsac running 4x normal flows but there where fish to be had. On today's guided fly fishing float trip 3 quality fish where landed on streamers and nymph rigs.
September 22, 2022
Big Rain Big Fish
Rain was heavy today but the first half of the trip was very fishable. i had a first time fly fisher in the boat and he did great. Nymphed and streamer fished given the high off-color water consitions. we got a few eats and one very healthy male brown was landed, photographed and released.
September 16, 2022
Chasing Battenkill Brown Trout
Really fun day on the Battenkill river with Tom and Jason. Water temps started the day in the high 50's, air temps the same and the Battenkill water flows where nice at arond 350 CFS. Both men where very good fly fishers- we tried a lot of different set ups, while the fishing was not robust they where able get a dozen or so chases, eight or so hits and 3 brown trout to the net.
September 7, 2022
Early Fall Big Rain
Guided Float trip in 550 CFS and low visibility made us work a little to get browns to eat on the Battenkill River; Big dark streamers on 300 gain sinking line did the trick with over a dozen chases, 7 eats and 3 fish to the net.;A few big fish eat and and went airborne right at the boat - that will get your heart going...
September 2, 2022
Cool Evening Temps Are Brining Southern Vermont Rivers Into The Healthy Zone
It's time to get out there and fly fish in southern Vermont again! Last night in southern Vermont it was 45 degrees. When I checked my backyard stretch of the Battenkill this morning it was water temps where in the low 60's. Such a welcome number after such a dry, hot summer. I'm looking forward to fishing this fall with those that booked a trip...
July 6, 2022
We got some much needed rain in Southern VT which got the water up to normal level and just a touch off color which was great for tricking wiely brown trout into eating. On today guided fly fishing float trip we had close to 20 eats, a dozen hook-ups and 6 fish landed the largest a 19"+ brown. It was steady action and a lot of fun...