|Lamoille River (Hyde Park, VT) - 4/5/15|
I can't believe it's already the eve of the 2015 trout season here in Vermont! We've been back at the shop since April 1st working like mad to get this place in order for the season, and we're getting there slowly but surely!
We're working on some important changes here at the shop that I think will be well received by our local fly fishing community and beyond...
After 10 years in the business, we've learned quite a bit about what items sell well vs. those that don't. We've moved away from stocking an array of high-end rods, reels, waders, boots, etc. Our focus is on locally-tied flies, a killer selection of tying materials and terminal tackle. We'll still have other assorted odds, ends and accessories, but no more high-end gear that takes up valuable retail space. In addition to our small crew of tyers here at GMT, we've also enlisted the help of some other talented local tyers to ensure we have quality selection of fly patterns tied right here in Vermont!
We're also in the process of logging all our patterns to our web store where shipping within Vermont is only $1 and FREE for orders that exceed $25!
Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp continues grow with 2015 sessions filling up in record time! We're still adding names to our wait list, so drop us a line HERE for info.
Opening weekend of trout season in Vermont doesn't always offer great weather, but there are some great events going on that should be on your list...
The Fly Fishing Film Tour makes a stop in Middlebury tonight followed by the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic on 4/11 & 4/12. Contact Jesse at Middlebury Mountaineer for more info. These are 2 great events for a great cause!
Registration for the 2015 Ditch Pickle Classic presented by Green Mountain Troutfitters and Vermont Fly Guys is open and we're on track for an even bigger turnout than last year! Check out the details at www.DPCVT.com andregister your teams asap HERE!
As is typically the case for opening day and, given the fact that it's raining cats and dogs out right now, best bets in my opinion are going to be steelheading. Whereas the heavy flows will tend to shut down resident trout, steelhead rely on these big pushes of water that allow them to push towards their spawning grounds with ease and as stealthy as possible. These fish work hard to get where they want to go, so do them a favor and keep them in the water as much as possible and give them the respect they deserve. Please don't take pictures of fish laid on rocks or gravel, but if you manage to rap off some good shots, send'em over!
Good luck out there!
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