Ray is a Red Cross-certified First Responder trained in both CPR/AED, and is a Vermont and New York State Licensed Guide.
He has floated the Battenkill in his Hyde driftboat in both Vermont and New York for the past 14 years, and has spent several years saltwater fishing Cape Cod and the islands. One of his favorite freshwater pastimes is steelhead fishing on the Salmon River in upstate New York.
Driftboat trips are guaranteed a minimum of 6 hours on the water. Early morning and late evening trips are best for fishing conditions. Food, beverage, and refreshment are available at the Wayside Country store in West Arlington, Vermont (a 3-minute drive from the Norman Rockwell house and covered bridge) offering a full deli.
Fishing in southern Vermont and New York are primarily for brown and brook trout, catch and release only. Early winter trip to Upstate New York is for salmon, steelhead, and brown trout.
Sunscreen and rain jacket, with layered clothing preferred in colder temps. Wool gloves with a cutoff index and thumb finger is ideal for colder conditions.
Closest airport is Albany, New York, approximately 75 minutes from Manchester, Vermont. Upstate New York’s closest is airport is Syracuse, New York, approx. 40 minutes to Pulaski. Fees do not include a valid fishing license, which is available through the website.