Thursday, November 19, 2015

Bugs & Brews Anyone?

We need to start stocking our fly bins for next season and you should come hang with us for some vise time! 

Let's twist up some bugs, sip some brews & have some laughs!
What else are you gonna do on a Tuesday night??

Drop us a message HERE if you're planning on coming out

Tuesday, 11/24 @ the shop

We'll be there by 6-6:30

If the driveway's full, park at the town garage and walk up!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

2016 GMFFC Registration Open!

Registration for 3 different sessions of Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp is now open!
These camps have become very popular for kids throughout Vermont, the US and even as far as London, England! Last year's camps were completely full by mid-January, so don't delay in getting your child registered asap! 
If you would like registration information, please send us an email HERE and we will get right back to you with next steps.

For rates, dates and general info, check the camp website at 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

All Buttoned Up

It's crazy that another season has come to an end, but what a great season we had! Thanks to all of our customers for the support both on the water and in the shop!
Although we'll be closing the store for the winter, you can still shop online at our web store HERE. Also, after we take a couple weeks off for steelheading and stick season, we'll start posting announcements for open fly tying nights here at the shop. We have a ton of tying to do in the off-season, and we'd love to have you come and hang with us, so keep checking the blog for updates!
Our fly tying videos will fire up again in a few weeks. If you'd like to request a certain pattern or schedule a tying lesson, drop us an email and we'll make it happen. Please direct custom fly orders to the above email as well and we'll get them done as quickly as possible!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Much Needed Rain!

The biggest news currently is the arrival of some much needed rain to most of the state. As of yesterday afternoon, NOAA was only forecasting .25 to .50" in Lamoille County. Before I went to bed, the forecast had changed to 1-2" and we got an entire night of heavy rain and it's still raining pretty hard right now! Hurricane Joaquin is headed through the middle of the Bahamas and forecasters aren't sure if it will push East and stay off the Eastern Seaboard or if it will bring heavy weather to New England and beyond. If you come this way, please go easy on us Joaquin!
First Trout on the Fly!
The fishing has been great lately despite the low water. Even if the water is low, it's always a delight to have cool water temps and happy trout. This week we've caught fish on a variety of flies like pheasant tail nymphs, princes, copper johns, buggers, stimulators and blue wing dries. There are plenty of other patterns that will work, however, so get in here and stock up on locally-tied flies! 
The week ahead looks like a wet one, so keep an eye on the USGS Gauges before you head out.
Things in the Great Lakes have really turned on, so I'd expect the crowds on the Salmon River to multiply greatly by the day, if not the hour! Once zombie season is over, the crowds diminish drastically and prime steelhead time gets underway. If you're looking for tackle and advice on Great Lakes steelhead fishing on the fly, give us a holler and we'll set you straight!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Get out There!

Although it feels very much like summer this week, Fall is still showing plenty of signs that it is close ahead. Leaves are already changing here at a pretty fast rate, the nights have been chilly and the fishing is getting better by the day thanks to some much needed rain in the system!
We've been at the vise pretty consistently trying to keep the fly bins full of great, local patterns. It's always great to hear reports of folks crushing it on our flies! We do lots of custom orders and we don't bang you on the price, so give a holler if you need anything tied. 
Salmon season is upon us and we just get a delivery (all the way from Fairfax, VT) of some Clever Clyde's from Steve Stanley. Steve's patterns are super effective and generally don't last long in stock, so get'em while they're hot! Also keep in mind that, since our local salmon fishery resembles a mini-Gaspe at times, be prepared to see some poor "etiquette", be prepared to see guys with spey rods on a river that's 15' wide, and be prepared for guys to camp out at a spot all day long beating on the same fish. While the Clyde does provide opportunity for a trophy salmon, keep in mind (especially all you jaded by Great Lakes fish #'s).... this run generally sees returns between 150-200 fish! 
Best egg hooks around!
As compared to the Great Lakes salmon runs that see thousands of fisherman spread among miles of water, our salmon fishery is small and easier for law enforcement to manage. I know some great wardens in Orleans County that work very hard to keep the riff-raff at a minimum. If you see folks breaking the law on the Clyde, report it to law enforcement at 802-334-8851.
Speaking of the Great Lakes, things have yet to begin on the Salmon River. The river is at fall flows (350), but warm weather and relatively low water has kept the run from really starting. Once it does, that place will flip like a light switch from serene to sickening. When fishing the Great Lakes tribs, there are some essential pieces of tackle including, Maxima monofilament, Seaguar Fluorocarbon and Blackbird hooks! For egg and nymph patterns, it's crazy to use anything other than Blackbirds! Pick up some and see for yourself! All of our personal and special order steelhead egg patterns are tied on Blackbirds and they haven't let us down!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

What A Season So Far!

A GMFFC day camper laying out a cast on a local brook trout stream
Sorry for the long hiatus from posts, but it's been one heck of a ride this season so far and I'm finally sitting down with a moment to breath.
We had a very successful string of GMFFC youth camps this season once again and I'd like to give huge props to the counselors for putting in long hours to assure the kids had the time of their lives with fly rods in hand!
At GMFFC, we have a very high return camper rate and thus camps fill up early! If you'd like to inquire about sending your child to GMFFC inn 2016, drop us an email.
There has been no shortage of water for the most part this season, but the past couple weeks have been pretty dry aside from some crazy isolated storms that rolled through this week. Small windows of trout fishing opportunities on the larger rivers with the cooler evening temps we had the past couple nights, but next week we have more hot weather in store which will bring water temps back up, so look to brookies or bass for the most best, most ethical options.
Stanley's Hopper
Apologies for missing a few weeks of "Tuesday Tying Videos." We've been having some techy problems with the computer we use for editing. We hope to be back up and running asap! If you'd like to assist with editing our videos, please get in touch!
Now that we have a little time, we'll be adding more and more of our fly inventory to the web store here. I just added 4 color options of the Stanley's Hopper, so get'em while they're "hop"!
Because we had so much early season rain which kept our larger rivers mostly unfishable for long stretches, I'd expect better than average fishing this month on the main stem rivers. We're in an extremely low-flow period currently, so we could really use some widespread rain to fluff up the system, especially since we have a week of hot weather ahead.
Kashner's Ausable Wulff
We've been doing a lot of brook trout fishing lately and the reality is that all it takes is the right approach to be successful with the small stream brookies. Small stream fishing is about 98% approach/setup and 2% casting/presentation. Fly choice really plays a small role in being successful catching small stream brookies. Just set yourself up so you can get off a cast without spooking the fish and/or putting the fly in a tree and the rest is easy. Terrestrial imitations like Stanley's Hopper and Wulff-stlye patterns like Kashner's Ausable Wulff will definitely get the job done and we have plenty in stock here at GMT.
Matt at Bass Fishing Vermont has been absolutely crushing the bass this season on the inland lakes and reservoirs! Matt is a true master of his craft that has the bass game so dialed in. If you are looking to improve your conventional skills or just plain want to catch fish, I strongly recommend going out with Matt. 
Fish with Mr. Bass himself!

I can't believe it, but it won't be long until migrations of salmon, steelhead and brown trout start getting underway in the Great Lakes. Latest reports from the lake charters are that the fish are pushing closer and closer to the tributaries. Some cooler weather and rain is really what they need for a trigger to get moving into the rivers.  Personally, I avoid the Salmon River salmon run like the plague, but there are plenty of folks that don't mind standing shoulder to shoulder. If you have plans or aspirations to get your feet wet in the Great Lakes, stop by or drop us a line and we'll set you up with everything you need to know to be successful!