Tag Archives: vermont fly fishing

10 Tips for Fly-Fishing Small Mountain Streams

Written by: Jared Zissu


Even little trout can teach an angler important lessons on stealth and technique.
Photos by Jared Zissu

Although I have been struggling to catch trout on the Battenkill, my small-stream game has been improving. One thing that keeps me so motivated, focused, and seriously addicted to the sport. . .

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Story: The Trout Stream That No One Else Wanted


Written by: Phil Monahan

Hey. . .the fish don’t know it’s a shopping cart.
Photo by Phil Monahan

With a sparsely attended Catholic church at one end and a Taco Bell at the other, Benmont Avenue is representative of the hard times that have befallen many American mill towns. This is not the. . .

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Photos of the Day: A Vermont Brook Trout Patchwork


Written by: Phil Monahan

The many patterns and colors of wild Vermont brookies are amazing to behold in this fashion.
Images by Jason Gragen

Jason Gragen is a Vermont angler who lives just over the mountains from Orvis HQ, and he posts beautiful images of brook trout to our Facebook page pretty regularly. This weekend, he. . .

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Photo of the Day: College Student Lands Record Pike on Lake Champlain

Written by: Drew Price


Lauren Dunn show’s off a women’s line-class record landed on Vermont’s Lake Champlain.
Photo by Drew Price

I first met Lauren Dunn in August of this year. Her dad, Brian, had contacted me to see if I was available to target some bowfin for potential IGFA women’s line-class world records. Lauren . . .

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Photos: Late-Season Dry Flies on the Battenkill


Written by: Phil Monahan

This wild brook trout fell for a blue-winged olive imitation fished on a long, fine leader.
All photos by Robin Hill

It’s been a tough fall for anglers on the Battenkill, as drought conditions include extremely low and clear water. But last weekend, my friend Doug Lyons found that cooler temperatures had made . . .

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Photo of the Day: A Green-Mountain Native Son


Written by: Phil Monahan

Size isn’t everything. Native trout display some spectacular colors.
Photo by Phil Monahan

As part of my “20 September Days” project, I’ve been getting out at lunchtime to fish the gorgeous mountain stream just five minutes from Orvis HQ in southwestern Vermont. In recent days, I . . .

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Shocking Results: the Battenkill Is a River on the Rise

Written by: Doug Lyons


Electro-shocking surveys on the Battenkill suggest that the river’s trout population continues to improve.
Photo by Doug Lyons

Last September, I did a write up of the population survey efforts conducted on the Vermont portion of the Battenkill. What was most interesting to me at the time was how the river was . . .

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Classic Story: “Taking Your Chances” with Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

This is the picture I should have been posting, but alas I didn’t “take my chance” when it
presented itself. So I must be content with this imaginary brown trout.
Photo-illustration by James Daley

In this country, the phrase “to take your chances” usually means to try something that may end up being a disaster—as in “You’re taking your chances driving on those bald tires.” But across. . .

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Photos of the Day: Before-Work Brown Trout


Written by: Phil Monahan

Reid Bryant shows off a nice Vermont brown, just seconds before my phone–our only camera–died.
Photos by Phil Monahan

I got out on the water this morning before work with my buddy Reid Bryant, who is the Orvis Wingshooting Services Manager & Product Developer. Although he works on the hunting side. . .

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Photos: The Orvis Pond Wakes Up


Written by: Phil Monahan

My first rainbow of the year chased down my PT as I stripped it across the deepest part of the pond.
Photo by Phil Monahan

One of the many great things about working at the Orvis Mothership here in Sunderland, Vermont, is the sweet little pond we have on the property. Nothing beats spending a few minutes at. . .

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