Jess and I got over to southern Vermont in the Green Mountain National Forest for the past two days. We love the area and especially visiting the town of Manchester; the town has a lot of colonial history, quaint shops and restaurants, and beautiful scenery. For the fly-fishing enthusiasts, there is a plethora of attractions. The famous Battenkill River and its picky large browns are in the immediate vicinity. The Orvis Company was founded and is still headquartered in Manchester; its flagship showroom is awesome as well as their trout pond with hordes of 30” rainbows. The American Museum of Fly Fishing is located here too; it has some amazing exhibits. This is truly great place to visit.
I was really excited to fish the Battenkill; however, it has been raining for the past two weeks and the river is at flood stage flowing 4x its normal flow at 3600 cfs. I decided to blue line some tributaries of the Battenkill, and it paid off.
The flow in the tributaries was still high but I found some nice wild trout in a remote setting among the pockets. It was nice to be forced to fish these tributaries because I would have never done it if the Battenkill was at normal levels. The fish were beautiful and small and colorful and wild. I had an amazing time blue lining. Some samples below.