The Battenkill River Float Trip with The Battenkill Angler

$
200
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$
500
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 1 day
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The classical trout river. One of America's most beautiful trout streams. Wild Brown and Brook trout challenge even the most skilled angler. Hatches are prolific and complex. Its excellent water quality and varied habitat make this river a great producer of trophy browns that are the brood stock sustaining a good population of smaller fish. The brookies are easier to fool, while the browns require a bit more effort and knowledge.
 
What is Included:
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Transportation
Rates
Per
Capacity
Dates
Duration
Price
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20161 day
$
400
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20161 day
$
500
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20166 hours
$
300
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20166 hours
$
400
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20164 hours
$
200
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily, until Oct 31, 20164 hours
$
300
Fishing Waters
Considered one of the finest and most challenging trout fisheries in the country, the 28-mile Vermont, spring-fed stretch starts in the Green Mountains near the East Dorset town of ... moreBennington. From the border of New York, the river continues for another 31 miles in a southerly direction until it reaches Easton, NY and empties into the Hudson River. It is one of several rivers that form the 400+ mile Hudson River drainage basin. It’s also where the smart fish live.

When fishing the Vermont portion of this river, assume the trout have earned PhD’s in evasion techniques and are there to test your mettle. Before 1975, Vermont stocked the Battenkill (NY State still does) but now it’s gone native and all the trout are wild. Since this is a catch and release river, by the time a fish is two or three years old, it’s probably been caught more than once and when it comes to flies, the fish have seen them all. As one observer summed it up, there are lots of sizeable browns in the Battenkill but they didn’t get big by being dumb.

Near Manchester the river is scenic, narrow and characterized by soft bottoms, small pools and a few deep runs and rifles with mostly smaller brook and browns. The river widens as you approach Arlington, where the trout tend to lurk in slow moving pools. By the time you approach the state line the fish are typically 12 -16 inches long and more plentiful, but rarely easier to catch. This freestone river is a terrific choice for experts and for anglers ready to up their game.

Before booking your Battenkill trip there are a few things to keep in mind:

The New York season is year round while Vermont is limited from April - October.

There is good public access but sections of the river are private access only

It’s catch and release
Destination
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Famous for its dramatic fall foliage, cheddar cheese and maple syrup, anglers should know that Vermont also has great fly fishing. As the second least populated state in the nation, ... morewhat Vermont lacks in people it makes up for in fish. Lurking under many of those quaint, covered bridges are big, beautiful trout – lots of them.

When fishing in Vermont, consider staying in Manchester, an old-style, New England town of 4,400, with all the amenities of a modern, weekend getaway. Alongside the town runs the Battenkill River, still home to the famous tackle manufacturer, CF Orvis Company, first founded in 1856.

A short distance away, are two additional jewels, the Mettawee River, 5 miles away, and the Walloomsac, approximately 15 miles from Manchester. Pick up any guide book and you’ll find everyone agrees these pristine rivers flow through gorgeous scenery – flowered meadows, virgin hemlocks and tall stands of native hardwood trees – the prettiest angling in the East.

For friends and family not inclined to fish, the area has much to offer.

Fine artisanal shops and restaurants as well as commercial outlet-stores

Emerald Lake State Park - year round wild life and outdoor recreation

Golf Club at Equinox, a highly rated course and spa

American Museum of Fly Fishing, rich in history and fishing lore

The Vermont season opens the 2nd Saturday in April and ends late October. Late spring and late fall tend to the most favored times to fish. 

The options for traveling to Manchester include:

Fly into the Albany International Airport and drive for about 1 ½ hour.

Fly into the Burlington International Airport and drive for about 2 hours.
Outfitter
The Battenkill Angler is a full-service fly fishing guide service offering customized trout fishing trips in Southern Vermont and the Catskill Region of New York. Half-day to full-day ... moreguided tours mix the skills of flyfishing with the biology of the rivers and their ecosystems. Our favorite rivers include the Battenkill River and Mettawee River in Vermont, and the Beaverkill River, Upper Delaware River and Esopus Creek in the Catskills of New York.
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