Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Dorset, Vermont

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Peter Basta

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide

Phone icon802-867-4103 Phone icon802-236-1818 Email iconpeterbastavt@gmail.com Link iconvtflyfishingguide.com
P.O. Box 540
Dorset, VT 05251

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The Story

Join Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide Peter Basta for your fly-fishing adventure in Vermont:

“As a single guide operation, I offer a personal and fun time, limited by party size to insure a quality experience. Trips are four, six, or eight hours, and I try and limit party size to two anglers. I have been guiding in the area since 1986. I also grew up in nearby New York and fished many of the places that I guide today! I base my operation out of Manchester, Vermont, and have five watersheds to explore, all within a 45-minute drive. 2002 Orvis Freshwater Guide of the Year.”


Late April through early November.


Brook, brown and rainbow trout. Seasonal opportunities for smallmouth bass and panfish. I practice catch-and-release for wild trout and limit allowable harvest on stocked fish.


With both the Green and the Taconic mountain ranges in our view and quaint New England towns in our river valleys, the drive to the fishing "target" is easy on the eye. Most travel is 20-45 minutes to where we will fish. I focus on watersheds in the southwestern corner of VT and nearby NY. Our rivers and streams are not large and in many places wading is quite easy. The largest stream is the famous Battenkill (50-150 ft. wide). It can easily be waded. I fish it at certain times to avoid float traffic, especially during the summer. Other waters are smaller (15-50 ft.wide) and are in very beautiful settings. Walking is generally easy and not over long distances.

Typical Weather:

Spring (trout) temps: 48-65 F., cool to warm, rain or sun.
Summer (trout, bass) temps: 62-85 F, warm to hot, sun to thunderstorms.
Fall (trout, bass) temps: 45-62 F, cool to warm, sun or rain.


Rates start from: $225.00. You can find all pricing information at: http://vtflyfishingguide.com

What is Provided:

I can provide all equipment including rods, waders, wading staffs, flies, and leaders. I also provide transportation for 1-2 anglers. Larger parties need to provide their own transportation. I have bottled water and a cooler for food.

Gear Recommendations:

Depending on where we are fishing, you may need 4-5 wt. rods from 8-9 ft. for most of our larger to smaller streams. For small waters, a 3-4 wt. rod, 6-1/2 to 7 1/2 ft. would be appropriate. We fish almost exclusively with floating lines. Waders are preferred over hip boots. You can use felt or rubber cleated wading shoes. A wading staff is recommended or can be provide. Polarized fishing glasses and a hat round out the gear.

What to Bring (Additional):

You can bring a lunch if we are fishing during the middle of the day. You will also be required to bring a fishing license, which you can easily purchase on line.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Day When I planned my trip to the Battenkill I knew I was going to be fishing a tough but historically significant river. I couldn't have found a better person to spend my day with. Fish were caught, lessons were taught and Peter's personality made it a thoroughly enjoyable day. I would highly recommend Peter to anyone who wants to have the full experience that Manchester and the Battenkill have to offer.
Date published: 2019-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Peter is the best! Had an amazing day of fishing with Peter throughout the greater Manchester, VT area. He took us off the beaten path and immediately put me on some incredible fish. Spent 8 hours with him it was a remarkable lesson in both fly fishing and the history of the region we were fishing. Caught 8 fish that day, including the trifecta of brown, rainbow and brooke trout. Would highly recommend Peter to anyone looking for a great local guide, and will certainly be contacting him again!
Date published: 2019-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing day! My wife and I had an amazing day with Peter. We worked on casting, presentation and how to find fish on a river/stream. We then put those teaching into practice and my wife and I were both able to get into some beautiful trout. Peter is a great guide & teacher and he's a blast to hang out with. He cooked us some awesome burgers for our shore meal, which made for a great mid day break. I will definitely use Peter's service again and I would recommend him to any angler, no matter their experience.
Date published: 2019-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding - memories to last a lifetime This past christmas I purchased for my husband a gift of two days guided fly fishing services in VT with Peter. I found his info on the Orvis web site. I personally had one goal in participating equally in the two day trip. My goal catch trout at the Battenkill. I learned to fly fish as a child carrying the gift shared with me by my grandfather and father into early adulthood. Spending my summers in the Northeast Kingdom of VT at my grandparents home, fishing was a way of life. My dad and grandfather would tell my brother and me "kids youve got to fish one day the Battenkill to experience the trout there" . So with this trip i asked Peter for time specifically on this river. Waters were low it was mid season, over fishing likely. Peter set expectations , provided outstanding quality orvis equipment, shared with us how to approach the river , expertly paitently with a good amount of humor thrown in, coached us with our very dusty decades old techniques. Taking us to several locations over the two days the fish count was me 6 my husband 3. Browns and Rainbows. Anyone that fishes and loves it knows and understands fishing isnt about the catch count. It's the joy of being outside , the challenge of enticing a fish (in my case trout) to an attractive fly, spending quality time with friends and family, listening, watching, reading the environment your in. In our case with this incredible trip, We made a new friend named Peter who enabled my husband to improve his techniques and more to the point allowed me to return to the joy of fly fishing. One last comment in this lengthy review....i did indeed meet my goal. i fished battenkill, 2nd cast in caught a lovely Brown trout....i looked up at the sky and said aloud...Dad, Gramps this one is for you both. If you do not book Peter as your guide you do yourself a disservice he is the real deal.
Date published: 2018-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scotsman visits Walloomsac Early June 2018, Searching from the UK, I had the good fortune to find Peter Basta on the Wonder Web. Although speculative lots of the boxes ticked; local to area (Manchester Vermont), lots of experience, Orvis listed, good reviews. Contact started from UK and e-mail worked well, remember his office is not the place for electronic equipment! If not familier with area use Peter's lodge list. We had a full day fishing different "beats" in and around Beddington on the Walloomsac, first beat I picked up Rainbows and Brownies, which I think benefitted from the clean fresh oxygenated Vermont waters - good scrap for their size. Each beat there after had different rewards. Instruction was very good and lots advice, and emphasis on technique given. I will not hesitate to use Peter again. Points to note, Peter provided the transport (Toyota Tacomma) All equipment was in excellent order - different rods for when we fished the feeder streams for Brook trout, (I am Short and Tubby he even had US size 7 chesties that fitted well) - and a fine lunch!
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Guide I've used Peter as a guide for the last 4-5 years. I started when we took a week long vacation with the family and I wanted to introduce my 11 year old son to fly fishing. Peter is great with kids and beginners. Very patient. Now we consider him a friend and look forward to our yearly trip
Date published: 2017-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent instructor My wife and I recently went fishing on the Battenkill and Walloomsac Rivers with Peter, and had a fantastic time. Although we've fly-fished before in the western US, we are novices to many of the aspects of the sport. Peter did a wonderful job teaching and helping us build skills, and we actually caught a few fish. He was exceedingly patient with us and made our experience memorable. In addition to fishing, we learned about ecology, entomology, and hydrology of the two rivers, as well as some Revolutionary War history. He cooked a wonderful shore lunch to conclude our outing. The following day we visited the American Museum of Fly Fishing, and visited with two men who had fished with Peter that morning, one who was a regular client, and they both were very complimentary of him. I highly recommend his guide services to anyone interested in fly-fishing.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Exceptional Teacher Peter is a fantastic teacher. My wife and I are just beginning in this sport and he did a fantastic job. We did 2, 6 hour trips. Peter was even able to accommodate my wife's limited mobility so that she could fish.
Date published: 2017-07-30
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