April to Mid-May
In the springtime when the streams and rivers are full and rich with opportunity, we generally tend to fish the smaller waters. This is a great time for all you nymph-O's (people that like to nymph fish) to get involved. This is also a great time to let us brush up your skills or broaden your horizons. We do have some decent dry fly fishing during this time, and occasionally better than expected. The warm afternoons of spring often yield moderate hatches of hendricksons and pockets heavy with fiddlehead ferns and wild leeks.
Mid-May to July 1st
We have some great fishing in this period. Nymphing in the early mornings is the best bet for catching fish, but hatches of Caddis flies, and Mayflies in the afternoon are abundant and provide many opportunities to catch some trout on the dry fly. Experts, inquire about some of our big water opportunities.
July 1st thru Summer
As water temperatures creep upwards so do we, off to some of the East Coast's finest free stone mountain streams, where short casts with dry flies to anxious wild trout provides a lot of action. Obviously, this is a great time for beginners but this time of year can be enjoyed by all levels (some walking required).
Late Summer to Early Fall
As the water temperatures come back down, great fishing is statewide once again. Yes, we do guide on the Battenkill from Manchester to the NY State border. Quite often this time of year, this river is the best test for your abilities. For the beginner, the Kill can offer a lifetime of knowledge as you see blanket hatches of tricos and BWO's and the many fish that eat them. This is a great place to just stand back, relax, watch and learn. For the intermediate through expert, this can be the true test. Catching a Battenkill brown may be the hardest thing you'll ever do. You can make this as technical as you like: long leaders, long casts, tiny flies, etc. Let us help!
You probably already know Vermont has some of the world's most striking foliage. This time of year the fish are striking as well! Some hefty fish can be caught eating flies all day. This means breakfast in bed and early happy hour without missing the hatch.