Gunpowder and Graphite


I put in a few hours with the fly rod this morning on the Vermont side of the Battenkill. It’s no surprise that the water is still pretty chilly. The light frost over night had me putting on the knit hat and pocketing a pair of hand warmers before I left the house. We’ve had significant rain and there is still snow in the mountains, particularly the Taconics. I fished a section… Read More

Fall weather has arrived in Southern Vermont and with the change trout fishing should get exciting soon. The browns and brookies will be going into spawning mode soon if they haven’t already and that means some aggressive fish willing to hit big streamers. The temperature is dropping but unfortunately so is the water level. With these conditions the Manchester stretch of the Battenkill was a bit tough to fish. There was some… Read More

The general consensus is that the 2019 fishing season on the Battenkill has been a bit spotty. Lots of precipitation in April and May made for difficult fishing conditions and the cooler than usual temperatures have thrown fish activity a little off kilter. The water levels and temps for the very end of May and early June were good with significant hatch activity in the afternoon into evening. Having said that, I… Read More