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Green Mountains Fly Fishing

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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.

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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.

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Nowhere to wade
Battenkill – too high for anything
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Battenkill – chocolate soup

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.

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Classic Vermont

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Fishable Water
Small Tributary – fishable water, brown from far pocket

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Small Tributary – slow oxbow
Small Tributary - still moving fast
Small Tributary – still moving fast

When it comes to rods, I am an Orvis guy.  The Helios rods are arguably the best on the market.

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American Museum of Fly Fishing
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American Museum of Fly Fishing
Wish I could wet a line here
Orvis Trout Pond – Wish I could wet a line here
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Orvis Trout Pond

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