Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Orvis Manchester
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Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Isonychia (Iso) nymphs emerge along the bank and are excellent swimmers. A ZugBug or Prince Nymph swung and stripped through the faster heads of pools can result in pretty vicious strikes. Fish them similar to a streamers with short fast darting action.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Battenkill is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ray Berumen
Peter Basta

Water flow: 255cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 67 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Mornings and Evenings

Best stretch:

Best access point: Along routes 7A, 313, 22, 29 and 61. Call the shop for details at 802 362-3750

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Rusty Spinners #18-20 Yellow Quill #16-18 BlueWingedOlive #18-24 Olive Caddis #16-18 Isonychia/Slate Drakes #12-14 Tricos #20-22 Yellow Sally Stoneflies #14-16 Midges Black/Olive/Cream #18-24

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: NY Special Regs Stretch is open to fishing all year from NY/VT state line downstream to Eagleville

Nearest airport: Albany International Airport (ALB)

Battenkill Description

The Battenkill is a small to medium-sized river that is famous for its incredibly difficult brown trout and relatively abundant brook trout. A freestone stream but rising out of many springs in marble bedrock, it stays cold all summer long and is famous for its good midsummer fishing—although in the past 20 years this summer fishing has become difficult because of large crowds of canoes and inner tubes on warm ...

Techniques & Tips

Early morning nymphing at the heads of pools or swinging soft hackles, downwing wets and Iso patterns through the pools/runs. Dry fly fishing for Tricos has been a bit slow. Olives, tiny sulphurs, and very small olive caddis have been appearing in evening right before dark. You'll want to go with at least 6x or better yet 7x to fool em.

7-Day Forecast

Looks like a beautiful weekend coming up with great trout fishing conditions. Get out early in the morning for best water temps and to avoid traffic on the river.

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