Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Leaders

Knotted Leaders I use and tie my own knotted leaders. This is not really a cost saving plan. Instead, I believe its a more effective way to manage clients leader issues. I tie a stock leader being a 9' 4X leader. From this I can add 3' of butt section to make a 12' or better leader to fish the Battenkill. Or I can cut the butt back to make a short leader to fish mountain brooks. For lighter tippets...5 or 6X....I cut the 4X tippet on the stock leader and add more or lighter tippet. Here is the leader formula I use: Knotted 9 foot 4X leader: Butt 36" of .019 16" of .017 12" of .015 6" of .013 6" of .011 (0X) 6" of .009 (2X) tippet 26"of .007 (4X) Replacement mono or spools of mono I have in my vest for leader repair or tinkering: .019, 0x, 2X, 3X, lots of 4 &5X, 6X and in August 7X. Best bet if you are going to build some leaders is to buy a leader tie kit. Another advantage to tying some of your own leaders is the practice at knot tying....will help you on the water.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day Classic

We sight fished all day for the annual Father's Day Classic! You see low water, we saw fish...big ones and lots of them.
FIRST KISS!
Here...let Dad show you how ;)
The last week was dominated by longtime regular clients...hint, hint...I'd say that's a strong sign. Come to Manchester,Vt it's prime time! Call Chuck Kashner at 1-800-682-0103

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Southern Vt Fly fishing is EXCELLENT!

Call Chuck Kashner at 1 800-682-0103 there are plenty of openings available! Beginners are welcome. All gear and tackle can be provided

Friday, May 4, 2018

NYMPHS~R~US!

Chuck carries three nymph boxes which depend on target and conditions. Some of these patterns will be switched for others around end of May. Work horse patterns are in his chest box and are all season flies. Call Chuck if you need some Kashner flies. Here are the fly patterns for Vermont and most of New England trout fishing: Work Horse Box: Kashner hide a bead tungsten nymph (Red Squirrel) 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 Kashner Brass BH nymph 10, 12, 14 Hares Ear med brown 12, 14, 16 Pheasant tail nymph 14, 16 Hares ear black nymph 8, 10, 12 BH Black Nymph 10, 12 Hendrickson nymph 12, March Brown Nymph 12, Isonymph 12 Copper John 12 GLO BUG / EGG BOX (Rainbows like breakfast in the spring) All eggs are in small and medium sizes in following colors: McCheese / Oregon Cheese, Cherise Pink, Iliamnia Pink, Hot Flame Orange,Steelhead Orange Trophy run hatchery fish box for:Walloomsac, Black and East Creek Big Soft Hackles med. brown and peacock 6, 8, 10 Red Ass 6, 8 San Juan worms and mop flies Zug bug / Prince 8, 10, 12 Sparrow Soft Hackle tan or insect green 6,8 GOT FLIES???? NEED FLIES???? CALL 1 800 682 0103... MC/Visa #....they will be in your box in a couple days!!!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Fishing near Manchester Vermont

I am tying flies and running ice fishing trips! 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 for Northern Pike and Bass on Lake St. Catherine and stocking your fly box with custom orders. On the right tool bar down near the bottom is a redirect to my Ice Fishing site.
April: Trout season opens the second Saturday in April. Small water for wild Brook Trout is 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 East Creek in Rutland, Walloomsac River in Bennington and Otter Creek in Danby. These are very popular trips, prime dates are limited....these are really nice fish averaging from 13 to 24 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
September: Is the time to fish the BATTENKILL...she is not for everyone but she is a gorgeous river.
October: BIRD HUNTING for Woodcock and Ruffed Grouse and Trout fishing
November: Weather pending year around trout fishing targets : East Creek, Otter Creek and Walloomsac Rivers Thanks for the view, please call me to book a trip. The 2018 booking season has begun, don't be left out!