Fishing Season: Open catch and release VT. NY open

Battenkill - VT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

67

Orvis Manchester's Tip of the Week

Nymph the deeper runs. Also, fish emergers(caddis, bwo, sulphur) just below the surface in the slower water. There have been some reports of fish rising early am on size 18-22 BWO and also a mix of sulphurs and caddis mid-day, with potential spinner falls in the evening. Streamers are a good bet especially if you are looking to catch some of the bigger fish. Get out there when it is raining and the flows increase!

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Map of Battenkill

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Tidal Conditions

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Ray Berumen Peter Basta

5-Day Outlook as of 6/30/21

Warmer temperatures are here but with potential showers throughout the week it should keep those water temps favorable. Be sure to keep that thermometer out on the water with you. Proper fish handling and water temps below 68 degrees ensure happy trout and a stable fishery!

Techniques & Tips as of 6/30/21

Get down deep with tungsten beadhead nymphs. There have been good reports from people tight line nymphing the deeper pools as well.

Current Conditions as of 6/30/21

Warmer temperatures are here but with potential showers throughout the week it should keep those water temps favorable. Be sure to keep that thermometer out on the water with you. Proper fish handling and water temps below 68 degrees ensure happy trout and a stable fishery!

Local Species Available Open catch and release VT. NY open

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Orvis Manchester's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Schultzy's Single Fly Cray Olive/Rust #1
Conehead Bunny Muddler Brown/Olive/White #4-8
Tunghead Pheasant Tail Jig natural #14-16
RS2 BWO #18-20
Rusty Spinner Rust #12-18
Woolly Buggers Olive/Black #4-8
Tunghead Stonefly Black/Yellow #8-14
Adams Grey #14-18
Prince Nymph N/A #12-16
Hare's Ear nymph natural #12-16

Schultzy's Single Fly Cray

This molted crayfish fly is unbeatable anywhere crayfish are found.

Orvis Manchester's Recommended Gear

Description: About Battenkill

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 summer days. The river is all wild brown and brook trout throughout its Vermont section, and both 2-year-old and yearling brown trout are stocked in the New York section almost to its confluence with the Hudson River. There are also wild trout in the New York stretch. The Battenkill used to be known for its abundance of small brook and brown trout, and although the brook trout are still abundant (it's rare to find wild brook trout in a river of its size outside of northern Maine), brown trout have become scarcer but much larger. Twenty-inch-plus brown trout are taken all season long on streamers and occasionally by the dry-fly angler patient enough to find and stalk one of these bigger fish. Best fishing is from mid-May to mid-July, but early mornings and evenings are good throughout the season, especially in midsummer. Fall fishing is un-crowded but seldom spectacular. The Battenkill is a difficult river because of its clear, silky, and fast currents, lack of large insects, and wary trout with little midstream cover. A few fish a day is considered very successful on this river. Anglers looking for easier fish (but tighter and tougher casting) should try its two headwater branches upstream (north) of the town of Manchester, or one of its tributaries like the Roaring Branch, Green River, or Bromley Brook.

Nearest Airport:

Albany International Airport (ALB)

Hatches:

Sulphurs (#12-18) Caddis ( #12-18) BWO ( #18-22) Stoneflies (black #12-16 and yellow #8-12) Midges #18-24

Best Time to Fish:

early morning, evening

Best Access:

Lots of access through towns of Manchester, Sunderland and Arlington, VT as well Shushan, Salem, and Cambridge, NY. Rt 7A, 313, 22, and 29. Call the shop at 802 362-3750 for details.