Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
If you're changing between nymph and streamer rigs all day try using a tippet ring to make re-rigging a snap. Medium size should cover most of your needs for trout until you get down to 5x and smaller tippet and you'll want to drop to size Small
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Battenkill is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ray Berumen
Peter Basta

Water flow: 6300 cfs

Visibility: 28 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Slightly Turbid

Best time of day to fish: Late Morning through Early Evening

Best stretch:

Best access point: All of the Battenkill is now open. Good access can be found along Rts 29, 61, 22 and 313 in NY and 313/7A in VT. Call the shop for details at 802 362-3750

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BlueWingedOlive #18-24 Black Stones #12-16 Olive & Black Caddis #18-20 Midges Black/Olive/Cream #18-24

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Entire river is now open

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 spring fishing on the 'kill usually means getting down 'low and slow' to tempt lethargic trout. You're going to need weighted flies, split shot, sinking lines/poly leaders or all to get down through the high water. Look to seams and back soft waters for fish staying out of the main current flow.

7-Day Forecast

Hopefully water levels will drop a little and temps will rise during the week. Look for hatches of olives of blue quill around 3rd week of April but don't expect much surface action until Hendricksons at the end of the month and early May


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