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Old 06-16-2010, 10:38 AM
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Default Planning a trip - Battenkill River - Vermont

I need some help from the professionals up north.

My wife and I have a few days off for the July 4th weekend and we are thinking about heading to the Battenkill River for fishing/camping.

I'm coming from Pennsylvania and have not fished in that area before.

- Is this a river you can fish year round? If not, are there others in the area that you would recommend?

- Any specific hatch/time of day I should focus on?

- Has anyone been to the Fly Fishing Museum and is it worth the stop if we can make the times they are open?

- Are there any forest camp grounds you would recommend? We are not the Jellystone Camp ground type.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Hi, been out of town, (fishing ) otherwise i would have responded eariler
Some great fishing in southern VT, and the Battenkill is not the only game in town.
The Battenkill is a pretty technical trout stream. Lot of pressure with educated wild fish
Personally I'm partial to the White River and it's tributaries and the east branch of the upper Deerfield myself, but the Metawee is also in the Manchester area if you're set on going there.
Both the museum and the Orvis store are worth a visit.

Lots of good camping options in the Green Mtn. National Forest
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Along with the established campgrounds there's some primitive free sites as well, but they might be snapped up (and noisy) on a holiday weekend

...... also the Vermont state park campgrounds are outstanding !
http://www.vtstateparks.com/

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Vermont has a large number of small streams that support native brook trout. Bring a light weight rod and drive East if your coming off the Batenkill. Access is usually not an issue, seeing most of Vermont is not posted and the locals don't mind. I would suggest a GPS or a map dedicated to Vermont to get you back onto a main road. Hint: fill up your gas tank before you go exploring.
The water should be down low and with the water down low you can land a number of fish in a short period of time with dry flies.
You may find this more enjoyable than the Batenkill.
Good Luck on your trip. Vermont is a beautiful state.
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Default Re: Planning a trip - Battenkill River - Vermont

hey, i'm new to the forums, but i was also just at the battenkill yesterday and today. right now, the water is really, really low. like, hard to fish low. making this already difficult river even harder. i would recomend going to orvis and asking around there about good spots, and even getting a guide.
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Default Re: Planning a trip - Battenkill River - Vermont

IME the Battenkill Was, cuz of slope from the state line on into NYS, more pushy...with nice pockets here & there inside the NYS line...on down for next 10 or so miles. Compared to other streams...it's early season hatches were its strength.(just my limited experience...maybe different now.)
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Default Re: Planning a trip - Battenkill River - Vermont

While in Manchester, take time to tour the Orvis rod making factory that is behind the Orvis flagship store. When I was there this past August, I was the only one for the 10 a.m. free tour so I had an opportunity to ask all kinds of questions. To say the tour is "informative" is an understatement. Also, the American Museum of Fly Fishing is definitely worth your time.

On my trip, I stayed at the Quill Gordon B&B in Arlington, VT, which is right on the Battenkill. The owner, Martin Oakland, is a guide and works for Orvis as a casting instructor. As mentioned, the water is technical and was low when I fished it. In fact, Vermont was experiencing some very warm temperatures as one day it reached 90 degrees. However, Martin directed me to an area that was fantastic and I was pleased with my success. I wish you the best on your trip plans.

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Lake Shaftsbury State Park is a great place to camp and is really close to the battenkill just south of Manchester. I went there in October and we did some off season camping. The campsites have 3 sided enclosures which are perfect to ride out storms and sit right beside the lake. If I were to camp there again that's what I would choose. The guys at the Orvis store are pretty knowledgeable too.
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I only have one thing to add to the comments other guys have given you:
If you're going to fish in VT, bring your non-felt soled boots. Felt was outlawed as of 4/1/2011 in our state.
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