Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Battenkill, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Tungsten headed jig flies originally designed for Euro tightline nymphing are a great way to get down fast. They work well under an indicator with more traditional nymphing methods. Be sure to use a long enough leader/tippet to allow flies to get as deep as possible.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Battenkill is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Ray Berumen
Peter Basta

Water flow: 1140 cfs

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 40 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

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

Best stretch:

Best access point: Along routes 313 and 61. The only stretch open now is from VT/NY state line downstream to Eagleville Covered Bridge. Call the shop for details at 802 362-3750

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BlueWingedOlive #18-24 Olive & Black Caddis #18-20 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

Getting into winter conditions fish will become sluggish as water temps drop. Post-spawn fish will offer some activity but action will generally be slow. Going to need weighted flies, split shot, sinking lines/poly leaders or all to get down through the high water we have now. Look to seams and back soft waters for fish staying out of the main current flow.

7-Day Forecast

It's winter.. look for a day in the 40s and fish the middle afternoon hours for best bet for some activity

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