Fishing Season: Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

White River - VT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Woodstock Inn's Tip of the Week

Flows sit at 355 on Wednesday afternoon after a bunch of rain last week. Flows look great with some new water could set up for some solid trout fishing with the colder overnight temps. Wooley Buggers, Crayfish, Hoppers, Streamers and Nymphs will do the trick. Also, tries some Poppers although these river bass tend to feed subsurface but when they do grab a top water fly it's worth it! Stop by our shop for Bass Flies! If you are fishing for trout, Sulphers, Caddis,Yellow Sally and BWO's are out there with Isonychias being the latest food of choice. Hoppers are a sure bet. Hopper-Dropper may be the way to go! The First Branch has been stocked with rainbow and brook trout from Chelsea down to the Fairgrounds. Reports of fish caught below the fairgrounds. The 3rd Branch has been stocked with Browns-go find them! Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

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Map of White River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/29/22

Highs in the 60's and lows in the lower 40's/high 30's should bring the temps down and the fish moving around. Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. Mark your calendar for October's After Hours on Thursday, October 20th at our shop from 5:30-7. Basic Casting, Fly Fishing 101 and Advanced Topic this month will be,The Double Haul and Cold Water Strategies. Call or email to sign up for this free event/social. Cash Bar.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/29/22

Whether you are swinging flies or nymphing deep holes getting down to the fish is probably still the most important technique with and without indicators. Dry fly action has been productive with fish looking up and feeding especially in the evening for Sulphurs, Caddis, BWO's, Hendricksons, Stoneflies and Isonychias. Getting streamers down deep or pounding the bank gives you a shot at bass as well. Stop by the Woodstock Inn & Resort Fly Shop for a fully stocked fly selection and Orvis gear! Open 9-5 Daily.

Local Species Available Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

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    Brown and Rainbow trout

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Woodstock Inn's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Black 8
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph Tan 8
Prince Nymph N/A
Klinkhammer N/A
Wooley Bugger Black/Olive 8/10
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper N/A
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Black 6

Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

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Woodstock Inn's Recommended Gear

Description: About White River

If you're not fishing during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31), a section of the White River is open year-round for trout fishing. White River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel. The sections of streams listed below are open to trout fishing year round according to the following rules: Only artificial flies or lures are permitted outside of the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31). Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout. During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits. The White River is a free-flowing, undamed, 60mile long tributary of the Connecticut River. It begins near the crest of the Green Mountains, flows east through the towns of Granville and turns south along Route 100 through the towns of Hancock and Rochester. This upper river section is home to wild Brook trout and Rainbows. The river follows Vermont Route 107 through the town of Stockbridge downstream to the town of Bethel, where the Third Branch enters the White River. The main stem of the river will continue past the Second Branch in Royalton and the First Branch in South Royalton. Brooks will feed the White from South Royalton to the confluence with the Connecticut River in White River Junction, VT.

Nearest Airport:

Rutland Regional, Lebanon, NH, Burlington, VT, Boston, MA

Best Stretch:

Upper: Rochester, Stockbridge. Lower: Royalton to West Hartford.

Best Access:

Bethel Bridge, South Royalton Bridge, Broad Brook Access, West Hartford Bridge