Sunday, August 30, 2009

Custom Fly Tying Service

Yesterday while it was raw, chilly and raining buckets...I worked on a custom fly order for a gentleman going Atlantic Salmon fishing to the Gaspe Peninsula. The river he plans to fish is the Sainte Anne around September 11.

I tied the following patterns: Bee Wulff, Badger Bombers, Green Machine all salmon dries. For hairwing wetflies; Black Dose, Green Highlander, Jock Scott, Rusty Rat, and Silver Doctors.

If you are going on a major trip and have a fly list... please let me put in a bid. I have tied flies for almost every species that eat chicken feathers and fur. The internet makes it extremely easy to get pattern recipes and preferred fly lists for every destination worldwide.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Southern Vermont Fly Fishing for Brown Trout

Check out a Brown Trout caught by Bob Cameron, of Joe Jones at Great Outdoors in Rutland.
Fat, strong and ready to be caught again soon. I gave the boys a great tour of my playground:
Walloomsac, Battenkill and the Branch. Looks like another major rain event will happen this weekend. Look for termites, flying ants and fall caddis very soon.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Mettawee Headwaters

The upper Mettawee continues to be a very productive fish with a nice mix of wild Brown and Rainbow Trout. Todays water level was just a tiny bit high for dryflies but they were hammering beadhead nymphs in size 14 and 16 under a indicator about 30 " up the leader. This stretch has really great access off Dorset Hollow Road (next to Barrows House) a right hand turn off rte. 30.
A couple miles up the hollow road you'll go over a bridge on the river. Take that right turn and park by the historical marker for "Fenton Pottery Site". The surrounding lands are private, but once you're in the river its public domain. A bunch of this stretch that follows hollow road closely.

The Battenkill on Rte 313 today was only streamer/ sink tip fishable. The Sac is dropping in a big way. Tomorrow, I will be fishing with the boys from Joe Jones at Great Outdoors...this is your local Rutland, Vt sports shop.....imagine a fly shop where the guys actually fish!!! and not just talk the talk...Please stay tuned...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Vermont Fly Fishing for Trout

The fly fishing for trout this last week was pretty decent. I had total beginners all week so mostly it was learning to cast, learning to wade....all the things one needs to know to chase trout.
All week everyone had hits and several caught. One day on the sac my newbies caught 5 apiece.
Water.....we have great water levels....rain yes we have had rain. Bringing me to my next thought in this rant. If you won't fish in the have no business lining up a guide or for that matter even thinking about fishing. Some of my biggest Brown trout were caught in the rain...some of the best alltime days bass fishing were in the rain....even deer hunting....I've shot a bunch of deer on rainy days....Do I love standing in the but it's part of the deal on spending time outdoors.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chuck Kashner's Favorite Caddis Dryfly

Here it is....simple and deadly....No hackle, tan hares ear body, deerhair it wet, fish it dry....this fly catches fish.

Manchester Vt. Fly fishing for Trout

Couple more days in a row of this kind of weather and we'll be doing the trico thing!!! Until the tricos get consistant...THINK CADDIS.

Monday, August 10, 2009

BATTENKILL in Southern Vermont

Southern Vermont Battenkill fly fishing

Currently we are seeing the following hatches on the Battenkill: Tricos, BWOs, and Tan Caddis.

Tricos are just starting and are yet to be dependable. I did put clients this weekend into a large pod of Brook Trout that were eating caddis recklessly. All water levels are in great shape around here. August temperatures and bugs with June water levels....lets go fishing.

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Check out this photo....most are males with black bodies...the females have off white bodies.

Vermont fly fishing report TRICOS

I saw a ball of TRICOS this am on the "sac". With all the high water we have had they are late. Water levels are nearing normal June levels....which is awesome for August. Tricos are intense but its not the only game we can play. We did the red midge worm thing this morning. I really need decent casting skills to really play the Trico game. Small bugs, long leaders, fine tippets and selective trout. Let the game begin.