I grew up in Southern Colorado and learned to fly fish during college. I was a part of what became known as the A River Runs Through It generation. We read voraciously the likes of David Whitfield and hung onto every word that John Gierach wrote. The sport of fly fishing was out of reach for most people back then, and you really had to be committed to learning the craft. The lack of internet and tribal knowledge could only take you so far, and as a result, I spent many years learning from my own mistakes. I ensure all of my clients learn the sport of fly fishing using the least path of resistance, resulting in less stress and more relaxation on the water.
One day in the fall of 1996, I received a copy of the Orvis News. I was working as an engineer in the defense industry in Colorado Springs, CO at the time, but read a job advertisement for a Process Engineer, and it later led to working for one of the best outdoor catalog companies in the World, Orvis. Many years later I worked in the capacity of Engineering Manager for both Orvis Fly Rods in Manchester, Vermont, and British Fly Reels Ltd. in Falmouth, Cornwall, England.
Having worked in and out of factories for 20+ years, I made a career change and became a full-time math and science teacher at a private middle/high school in Dorset, VT. Teaching as a career enabled me to finally satisfy my lifetime urge to fish most every day for a living. My ability to teach professionally really pays off when instructing both advanced and beginners the art of fly fishing. I have been fishing for over 35 years now, and fly fishing for 25+. I pride myself on teaching the most effective methods in a short amount of time, my clients have an integrated learning experience while actively fishing.
Growing up in East Texas in the 60's/70's there were three requirements in the Rogers' household: 1) know the Lord, 2) be able to hit a 2 iron, and 3)know how to catch a wild trout on a fly rod. Fly fishing is in his blood - John's father hailed from Western North Carolina with 3 generations of fly fisherman while his Mom was from Manhattan with a father who built a small cabin by hand on the banks of the Beaverkilll in upstate NY. John's first trout was taken at an early age on in this famed NY river and he's brought several thousand more to hand in Western Carolina, NH, VT and places beyond over the years.
As time went by and opportunities presented John pursued trout across the globe from the Western American rivers, creeks and high altitude lakes to the rivers and streams of Labrador, New Zealand and Europe. Some of his escapades and fish have been chronicled in the Orvis News and American Angler Magazine.
John's work ethic, integrity and dogged determination, the same gifts he applies to chasing trout, took him into senior leadership roles in some of Americas most admired companies (Disney, Hasbro, Orvis and Under Armour) "One of my most proud career moments was when I was able to tell both sides of my fly fishing family I had a job for The Orvis Company." John and his wife Anne, of 27 years, have called the small hamlet of Arlington, VT home since 2000 and raised two kids on the banks of the Batten Kill river.
"I love the sport of fly fishing, the places it takes me and the enduring relationships it has gifted me. The older I get the more I appreciate the nuances of the sport and the chasing as much as the catching of these beautiful wild creatures."
Hi, I'm Christian Betit, I was born here in Southern Vermont and have been fishing these rivers and streams my whole life. I love spending time on the water—but I love sharing the joy of fishing with others even more. Ever since I can remember, I've wanted to help people learn to fish and discover some of the natural resources our great state has to offer.
That's why, when you're on the water with me, you not only have an opportunity to catch some amazing fish, you can also get an intimate, first-hand experience with all the nature that surrounds you. From beaver tail slaps, to deer trotting through the brush, to flocks of cedar waxwings feeding on the hatch, to minks running along the river bank, you never know what you might see. You just gotta get out there to see it!
I strive to make your outdoor experience in the great state of Vermont a memorable one and hopefully, I can guide the rest of your stay to be the same.
Looking forward to taking you out!
My appreciation for the natural world has been a defining feature of my life. Whether it’s skiing, camping or fly fishing, my desire to be in nature is a call I cannot ignore. My passion for fishing was sparked at a young age and after years of conventional spin fishing, I yearned for a new challenge. At 10 years old my grandfather gifted me a fly rod and from there on I spent my afternoons and weekends practicing my technique. It didn’t take long for me to become obsessed with the sport, and with the aid of a driver's license at sixteen, I found myself spending all my free time exploring the various backroads of central Vermont in search of pristine trout streams.
I fell in love with fishing for small stream Brook trout and it was in these small stream situations where I solidified my fly fishing. Learning to observe, to have patience and adapt my techniques became essential to my fishing successes. Soon, I began to take friends out with me. As I watched a passion for fly fishing grow in my newly taught companions, I realized the joy of guiding.
I have always enjoyed my interactions with others on the water, as these interactions serve as the foundation for a healthy community of outdoor enthusiasts. Through guiding I look to educate and entertain, while overall attempting to instill a passion for, or curiosity in, the natural world. To me, the sport of fly fishing is more than just catching fish. The sport is about appreciating earth’s systems and finding peace and serenity with oneself.
Amidst Vermont’s scenic river systems, it is my goal to spread environmental awareness and joy through the sport of fly fishing. A trip with me will consist of personable instruction with effective methods to improve one’s fly fishing no matter the experience level. Come along in my pursuit of fly fishing some of New England’s most pristine waters and breathtaking scenery that will not fail to impress and distract from day to day stress and burden. With just over ten years of fly fishing experience, join me in appreciating Vermont from a riverside perspective, while learning about oneself, fly fishing, and the natural world as a whole.