Monday, December 31, 2012

Alaskan Mouse Fly Pattern

The folks who live or go fishing in Alaska like to dryfly fish with these....I got an order for some today. So, if you would like to try some please contact me and I'll add you to the working order to be delivered sometime this winter...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Tying Trolling Flies

Gray Ghost Tandem both with and without beads
Green Ghost Tandems
Purple Smelt Tandem and a Purple Winni Bomber
Call or email when you want to stock your box....Tandems, lake, saltwater, bonefish or trout....if its a hook with stuff attached with thread I can make it for you... I do try to keep an inventory of stuff in house

Saturday, December 29, 2012


I hope you all have a Happy New Year. Stay safe and find ample time to do the things you enjoy! Thank you very much for following my blogs, booking trips and buying flies. Here on the hill, I am making fishing tackle, tying flies and prepping ice fishing gear. Ice fishing is a little delayed but so far this winter has been pretty normal. I hope the snow kills the deer ticks and I am excited to try a bunch of new jigging gear....
with 4 lb test, on 27 inch ultra light rods, using micro jigs and ice flies....if you haven't tried might want to give it a chance...Modern day ice fishing is alot of fun and all the hard things:)I do! Go on the right side bar to the tip up picture to go to a re direct to my ice fishing blog!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Brittany Puppies

John Hayes, the breeder I use at : Kirby Mountain Kennels just had a nice litter of Brits. This is the guy I got my young dog from. These puppies were born on Thanksgiving and will be ready mid to end of January. There is one spoken for and the litter is 5 males and 5 females....these are NICE dogs! Kirby Mountain Kennels 240 Locust Ridge Road, East Burke, Vt (802) 626-5282
Contact John on facebook key words Kirby Mountain Kennels or at

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Off season

I am tying flies and preparing ice fishing gear! New toys are arriving daily as well as tying material. A major part of off season is booking trips and getting the right people into the right dates. With that in mind, I'll nut shell to you the basic seasonal plan: Jan to March: Ice fishing, tying flies and stocking your fly box with custom orders
April: Trout season opens the second Saturday and small water for wild Brook Trout are the target. Primary method nymphing but there are afternoon hatches. I like to book afternoon half day trips. The upper Battenkill fishes very well!
May: Vermont Trophy Trout Program is in high gear. Target areas are the Black River near Ludlow, East Creek in Rutland and Otter Creek in Danby. These are very popular trips, prime dates are limited....these are really nice fish averaging from 14 to 20 inches.
June: What a GREAT month! Everything is fishing but the top choice are: the Walloomsac, Otter Creek and the Battenkill. I like to run either three quarter or full day trips.
July and August: Trout fishing is a morning affair. Targets are the Walloomsac, Battenkill and Mettawee. I also start running mountain brook trips and LAKE TRIPS for warm water species...(the DARK SIDE) have to try it is common on the lake to catch 8 or 9 different species!
September: Is the time to fish the BATTENKILL...she is not for everyone but she is a gorgeous river. Lake fishing is an option too!
October: BIRD HUNTING! and Trout fishing
November: full circle
Thanks for the view, please call me to book a trip. The 2013 booking season has begun!

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Vermont regular trout season closes this coming Wednesday, October 31st 2012. I hope everyone had a great season and please check back as I will continue to post updates. Woodcock season overlaps with deer season this year. Then its looking forward to ice fishing. The 2013 booking season for prime dates and repeaters has begun... but will really get started next month. Thanks for the view!
American Woodcock back feather are really good soft hackle material!

Friday, October 19, 2012

The next 3 weeks will be primarily about Woodcock and Grouse hunting....check other the other blog at

Sunday, October 7, 2012

This last Saturday, October 6th was an ELECTRIC DAY on the Battenkill. With a rain of leaves and debris in the water, the only option was deep indicator fishing. A size 12 Kashner Hide A Bead was the pattern. My client had a camera with him so I guess all the stars were lined up....this old jaded guide even left with a new bounce in my step. What a day! This is a true STUD! A 23" Battenkill Brown Trout
This is a 20-21" female Brown Trout
This is an average Battenkill Brown Trout

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Battenkill Brook Trout are starting to get their Fall colors on! Ruffed Grouse season started today, Woodcock season opens this coming Monday October 1st. Flying ants are done and I'm not seeing any fall BWOs but they sure are a TON of Caddis around. If you hit a rock on the bottom with a fly you will pick up a caddis case. I've had a couple chances this week to finally fish some of our smaller streams. The male Brookies are getting fired up....I LOVE BROOK TROUT and WOODCOCK....thanks for the view and I'm sorry I've slipped a little on posting, it has been crazy busy this year!

Monday, August 27, 2012


The Flying Ant hatch has begun! I have not seen the bigger one that looks like a termite but the little brown ones have the Trout rising very well....I am still in morning mode running half day trips 7 to 11am...the southern Vermont trout fisheries seem to be faring the low water period fairly well....I have NOT seen or heard of any major fish kills....a little rain would be nice but after TS Irene kicked our a$$es last year I am afraid to do any rain dances this year....Thanks for the visit, Fall is coming....Woodcock season is set to open October 1st...please stay tuned

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Battenkill Fly Fishing

Here in southern Vermont we have like most people been dealing with low water conditions. However, throughout the summer the Battenkill continues to be the place to be. Both Brook and Brown Trout are feeding on tan caddis in sizes 16 and 18, trico spinners, isonychia (Kashner ZugBugs), Black Ants, Beetles, Battenkill Shiners and Black Nose Dace Thunder Creeks...

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Vermont Lake Fishing is AWESOME!

Make should to check out my spin fishing blog for warm water and lake fishing updates. copy and paste this or use the hot link on the right side bar.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Lake fishing in Southern Vermont

This time of the year I am back and forth between river fishing and lake fishing. This week I had an A-List Regular client on the lake for his second lake trip with me. Below are his comments: “Our rivers in Vermont are beautiful but all fishermen who visit Vermont should experience the Lakes in Southern Vermont. They are beautiful and have a biomass that is truly unbelievable. There is no better way during a short trip to Vermont to take advantage of the fishing opportunities that these lakes provide than fishing it with Chuck!” “When you fish the Lakes with Chuck it is good to be open to all of the types of fishing that the Lake provides. I prefer fly fishing and fishing rivers in particular, but I am a better fisherman and fly fisherman for the time I have spent with Chuck throwing jigs, tube lures, Champlain nymphs and shiners as well as casting flies to large fish on the Big Lake. “ Sincerely, Bruce Nelson

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Lake fishing is excellent right now! This Northern Pike was the biggest fish of the day at 34". Other species caught today: Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Pickeral, Bowfin, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Bluegills, Pumpkinseed, Crappie and a bullhead.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Southern Vermont Fly Fishing

The fly fishing for trout in southern Vermont is very good....The following bugs are hatching and are important to imitate: Tan Caddis sz 16, Blue winged olives in a small 16 or a large 18, dun caddis on the upper kill and little green stones on Farmland brook....the summertime ant and beetle patterns still remain extremely effective. I am running either half or three quarter days in the morning. This time of the year I am balancing between fly fishing river for trout and spin fishing lakes for bass and pike. Thanks for the view and don't forget the spin fishing and bird hunting blogs too.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Summertime Trout fishing in Vermont

This is the uppermost headwaters of Farmland Brook
Wild Brookies on Farmland Brook are not very common and are always a bonus to its feisty wild Rainbow Trout
The Vermont Magazine also gave me some love this year too!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Eastern Fly Fishing

I got some love in this magazine in an article on the Black River on pg. 42...
We are in morning mode now and the trout are still liking my caddis patterns!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Southern Vermont Fly Fishing

It is getting hot out!....Morning mode is almost upon us....a quick bug update across the region. Best to imitate the following food items: Ants, beetles, caddis 16's in tan, rusty spinners, sulfurs 16, black nose dace, sculpins and red midge worms. The Battenkill has been treating my clients pretty well....yesterday was tough...canoe hatch has begun. Mountain brooks are fishing very well as is the South Branch. Thanks for the view, its been an awesome year so far!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Black River Trophy Area

The Black River Trophy area is still OK BUT you really need to get there earlier then I like to this time of the year....O'Dark hundred mornings are coming in my world just not yet...All of July and August the alarm goes off at a crazy early hour just not in JUNE....There are a TON of great spots in southern Vermont to fish and that I guide on so my time to move away from the Black for the season has arrived...