NEW 2021 Fly Fish for Trout, Northern Pike, Striped bass, Smallmouth, False Albacore
16'8" high side fiberglass aluminum combo 3 person
13'6" Big Shoals
How about some top water action when temperatures rise?
(by float only)
Wild brook and brown trout on the fly in moving water from high mountain streams to the main stem for large stocked rainbow and brown trout, we have it all.
(by wade and float)
When the water is warm and the trout need a break, how about some poor man's bonefish? Freshwater sight fishing at its best..!
(by float only)
Fly fishing in southern Vermont is a time honored tradition in New England. The sport takes anglers to places of exceptional beauty. The rivers and streams of VT and upstate New York are some of the world’s finest. Three species of trout thrive in the cool waters of the area: Brown, brook and rainbow. Spring brings exciting and famous hatches which in turn brings eager fly fishers ready to skip dry flies along the flow, imitating life. Summer and fall, bring opportunities to tempt native, wild and stocked trout with streamers, nymphs and also with dry flies.
With ample water to explore, anglers can expect to fish using simple but effect tackle rigs. Anywhere from a 2-5 wt rod will do nicely. Wet wading is a fun way to wander the waterways in summer time. It’s Vermont...we get really excited about warm weather! Full waders are most commonly worn here and will keep dry, fly fishers of all different ages and experience levels. When scouting for the precious commodities swimming below the surface don’t forget to look around you. Our woods are filled with wild life. Most of all fishing in Vermont and neighboring NY is a wonderful opportunity to get outside, learn about the natural world and catch and release a gorgeous colorful trout.
Carpe diem, (Latin: “pluck the day” or “seize the day”) phrase used by the Roman poet Horace to express the idea that one should enjoy life while one can. ...
When the Dog Days of Summer arrive, and our favorite trout waters are running low and warm it’s the perfect time to switch-up your game. My name is John Rogers and I’m an Orvis endorsed pro guide working for Taconic Guide Service in Manchester, VT. I’ve been fishing for trout for over 40 years and traversed the globe chasing these wonderful creatures in some of the beautiful, remote and pristine destinations – to say I’m a bit of a trout snob is an understatement but this summer my eyes where opened to a game fish worthy of praise and respect.
Southern Vermont saw the worst drought conditions I can recall in my 20+ years of living and fishing in this area. By mid-July I was not feeling great about pressuring trout in the main branches of our primary rivers given these extreme warm conditions. Earlier in the year I had befriended a young man who was hired on in Orvis’ digital marketing department. He was a Georgia boy and while an accomplish warm water fly fisherman he had never caught a trout. While out teaching him the ways of the trout he started going on about warm water fishing back home in Georgia for Carp (Cyprinus carpio). That’s right, this kid, while walking some of the most revered trout beats in North America, the stomping grounds of Lee Wolf, John Atherton and Charles Orvis had the gall to wax poetically about chasing Common Carp with a fly rod.
He was so passionate about telling me how Carp had brains 5 times the size of trout and lateral lines so sensitive that chasing them with a fly rod was only for those who could hit a Frisbee size target at forty feet with their cast. He went on to tell me it was a site game much like chasing permit or bone fish and that like these amazing species Carp also cruised the flats and where taken on crab patterns and would take you to your backing in seconds when stung with a hook. As the summer went on and my trout waters got lower and slower, his words haunted me. Finally, I loaded up the drift boat grabbed my 7 weight and met him at the big slow part of one of our local rivers. I put him in the bow of the boat and 10 minutes into our float we spotted several carp cruising up onto the flats looking for crayfish. Wow, they were in less than 2 feet of water moving, hunting and eating - tails breaking the water surface just like red fish in the Florida gulf. I recall a rush of emotion and thoughts racing through my mind: wow, what, wait a minute, where am I, this experience has been twenty minutes from my house all these years I recall thinking to myself.
My young Carp sensei put a few casts on them but they peeled off away from the fly - not bolting but moving away faster than the arrived, I shouted hit’em again and he replied “nope their on to us let’s move on there’s more, we must find eaters.” And more there where, over that three hour float we spotted over fifty fish and had legitimate shots at over a dozen some in close 10 feet and some long range 50+ feet of which we got 5 to eat and landed four amazing fish one in the 8 pound range.
From that day in mid-July I was hooked. It transported me to the salt flats all without having to board a plane – spotting tailing fish, site casting, visible eats, strip sets the whole nine yards. I started reading everything I could find, watching hours of YouTube videos and even joined the American Carp Society. For the remainder of the summer I had so much fun fishing for these smart, weary and powerful fish, I couldn’t get enough. In fact, whenever I had a free day from guiding that’s where I’d be, chasing Common Carp right here in New England.
So the next time you want to mix it up a bit, perhaps dial-in your salt water fly fishing skills or just want to add a new species to your life list without having to board a plane to Belize seriously consider seizing the day.
When the Dog Days of Summer arrive, and our favorite trout waters are running low and warm it’s the perfect time to switch-up your game.
The Bennington Welcome Center is a very clean facility that provides restrooms and a warm welcome to Vermont.
The Wayside country store offers a variety of deli and food options. Most all products are Vermont made and the store offered a rich history.
The Orvis Flagship store in Manchester is the hub of fly fishing in Vermont and is next door to the American Museum of Fly Fishing.