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.”

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.


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


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.

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.

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