Saturday, March 27, 2010

A well stocked vest part 1 of 4

This is the time of the year most guys are getting their gear this posting will be a series of 4 parts and will be in a list form. Part 1 gadgets, tippets floatants, indicators....
i will be going through my vest with you. Part 2 Nymph/ wetfly boxes, Part 3 Dryfly boxes and part 4 Streamers. Stay tuned and tell your buddies.

Chuck Kashner's vest he uses to guide fly fishing in the Manchester, Vt. area:

*Fishpond Sagebrush Mesh Vest
*water bottle, bug dope, TP in ziplock, bandaids & waterprof medical tape in ziplock
*nipper on a zinger, forceps attached to a pocket, a pair of scissors in pocket(modify flies)
*white moutain black fly dope, dry&float powder, floatant grease
*tippet material: .019 (butt sections), 0X, 2X, 4X, 5X, 6X
*split shot, strike indicators: palsa stick ons (green, orange), thingamabobbers, poly-pro yarn in film'll have to book a trip and I'll show you the yarn trick.
*Leader wallet with: 71/2' 0x, 71/2' 2X, 9' 4x, 12' 5X, 16' 6X I build knotted leaders there is an old post with my primary formula.

Later this week we'll look at my nymph boxes...please stay tuned

Friday, March 26, 2010

Southern Vermont Hatches

Most insects including aquatic insects have a 1 year life span. They hatch within days at the same time year after year. So as fly fishermen we can be prepared for major hatches far in advance.
Below are the major hatches found in Southern Vermont:

APRIL: Blue Quills, Black Midges, Black Stones, Black Caddis, Hendricksons
MAY: Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tan & Olive Caddis, March Browns, Sulfurs
JUNE: Gray Fox, Sulfurs/Cahills, Tan Caddis, Olive Caddis, Rusty Spinners
JULY: Yellow Drakes, BWO, Dun Caddis, Hex (on lakes), terrestrials
AUGUST: Tricos, Blue wing olives 16 to 22 (4 different species), Evening Duns
SEPTEMBER: Tricos, Fall Caddis, Flying Ants, Isonychia, Tan Caddis
OCTOBER: Fall Caddis, BWO, Olive Midges and Woodcock hunting is good too.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010


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Spring run off 2010

Here in Vermont we are having an early spring. Currently, in the Mettawee valley, the snow is gone and ice is off the lakes. This is the first year in many that I put the boat in the water in March. For the most part I am scouting and GPS-ing ice fishing targets for next winter. Fly tying is in high gear and has been a overtime job all winter. April brook trout fishing should be awesome this year. When we have early springs like this....the Hendrickson hatch on the branches is excellent. I am beginning to get a little concerned with some of you regular clients.....I have a bunch of PRIME May dates still me.

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Chuck Kashner Vermont Fly fishing guide service meets guests in southern Vermont in the towns: Manchester, Bennington, Rutland, Pawlet and Ludlow. Fishing for Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike. offers fly fishing instruction for Vermont Nymph fishing, Dryfly fishing, instruction in fly casting in Manchester, Vt.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Trout season in Vermont starts April 10, 2010

The Black River in Ludlow is a client favorite. These are last week in April through first week in June. Prime weekend dates are limited, so give my a call today 1 800-682-0103 or email me at