Saturday, April 8, 2017


                                                                      Egg Patterns

Happy 2017 trout season to all the anglers out there.  As any Veteran VT angler would tell you, the start of the season is often a hurry up and wait approach.  Nevertheless, there are always opportunities for those willing to brave the elements and the high/cold water.  Steelhead, pike, and browns are often your best bet early in the season.  If you're targeting resident trout, finding a thawed beaver pond can pay off as well.  Also, when fishing rivers, try to pick your watershed accordingly.  You do not want to be fishing drainages that funnel tons of snowmelt this time of year.  Look for lower elevation areas that don't drain the spine of the greens, which are loaded with snow still.  We continue to have a decent snowpack (112 in. on Mt. Mansfield as of today) unlike last year and that is going take awhile to dissipate. 

This time of year I personally only throw 2 types of flies for trout - eggs and streamers.  You will see little stoneflies on the warm days and common sense will tell you to tie one on but in my experience I have had very little luck with that approach.  It is a tough sell to ask a trout to move through cold heavy water to eat a #16-#18 stonefly.  It seems like too much effort for too little reward but a protein filled egg or meaty streamer....that's another story.  Don't get me wrong, fish definitely will eat early stones in front of them but I myself have not had much luck "matching the hatch" in Early April.

That's my two cents for April fishing.  Use weighted heads or split shot and slow down your drifts and retrieves whenever possible.  Stay safe while wading this month and when you snag up (which you should be) use common sense when wading out to save your fly or just don't attempt it.  The same goes for crossing rivers on warm days when flows can increase quickly from the sun.  Good luck out there and enjoy all the fishing options VT has to offer.   

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


 Hello friends,
I am writing to inform you all that as of today the Green Mountain Troutfitters fly shop in Jeffersonville will be permanently closed for business.  It has been an amazing adventure over the past 12 years but now the time has come to close our doors and move ahead.  I will still be running the GMT guide service, GMT Custom Flies, GMT Social Media and helping to facilitate Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps. In addition I will be helping to run The Ditch Pickle Classic as well as doing river clean-ups and tree plantings through Trout Unlimited and various conservation groups. 

There is not enough room here to express my thanks to everyone we have interacted with over the years.  To our clients, customers, campers, followers and peers, I hope you all learned as much from us as we did from you.  And of course, a big thanks to our former manager Chris Lynch who did the heavy lifting on the retail and administrative fronts for over a decade.

Our website is still active, as is our web store so, if you want any flies tied for the upcoming season, would like to book a trip, or any GMT memorabilia hit us up there or at

 Peace and see you on the water.  Mike Kontos owner/guide

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's Been Real

Today is a bittersweet day for me. As I loaded my 12 year old Golden Retriever, Sadie into the car this morning, it dawned on me that Sadie was born the same year as was Green Mountain Troutfitters...2004. 
After 12 incredible seasons, today is my last day at Troutfitters and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had here and for the amazing people I've gotten to know during my time at GMT. 
In a sense, it seems like just yesterday that Mike and I sat in his living room brainstorming plans for what would become the Green Mountain Troutfitters. But my elderly dog Sadie is a reminder for me of just how long it's been since we flipped that sign to "Open" for the very first time in 2004, and how many great memories have been packed into the past 12 years running GMT alongside a great friend.
Although I'll be taking on a new career within a different industry, I will remain actively involved in the outdoor industry and continue to facilitate Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps and the Ditch Pickle Classic. You may not see me in the shop anymore, but you'll certainly see me on the water!
Mike will be manning the shop Wednesdays - Sundays (Closed Mon/Tues) through the end of the season, so make sure to swing in for a visit whenever you can.
Thanks to all for putting up with me all these years. It's been real.

                                                                          Best <"(((><

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DPC Crowns New Champ!

2016 Ditch Pickle Classic Champ - Dillon Brooker (Kind of a Big Dill)
Sorry for the long delay in posting folks. We hosted 165 anglers for the Ditch Pickle Classic this past weekend and session #1 of Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp kicked off this week, so we've been running on all cylinders just trying to keep up!
What a great weekend it was to be on Lake Champlain for the 2016 DPC! It was an exciting event as always and we crowned a new DPC Champ! Head over to and check out the full tournament recap and standings. Huge congrats to Dillon Brooker and team, Kind of a Big Dill on the win! These guys really deserved it! 2017 DPC is already set for 6/24-6/25!!
We are running a Ditch Pickle Productions video contest until late July and we're giving a DJI Phantom Drone to the winner!!! Check out our first entry from the guys at Presenting the Fly and Rising Tide Anglers...

We had some serious storms roll through yesterday afternoon that dropped up to 3" of rain on some areas in a very short period of time! The majority of the Lamoille is chocolate milk today and will take a couple days to calm down. 3" of rain fell between Eden and Jay, so the Gihon is a mess but the Brewster is crystal clear. Prior to the rain, water levels were very low and the lake is about 3' below average, so that is some welcome water around here!
The recent heat has been too much for our trout streams, so focus should really be on warm water until things cool off. Bass fishing has been really good with the fish moving into their summer haunts, making things a bit more predictable. 
We've extended our Catch'n'Click contest until July 8th to allow more time for photo submissions, so get the GMT app and submit those photos!
Here's our most recent 2 entries...
Wild Brownie on a Big Stimulator (Peyton Horst)

Want Some Butter With Your Morning Toast? (Peter Logan)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Catch 'N' Click

Brian Cadoret and his entry in our Catch'n'Click Photo Contest
We are amidst a great string of trout fishing conditions! The weather is warming fast, but with cooler nights and decent flows, the bigger rivers have been in great shape. The Lamoille was 66 degrees last night at dark. There were a mix of drakes and isonychias with some decent surface feeding activity. Mike lost a dandy of a fish and brought several others to hand on his brown drake cripple pattern. Keep those thermometers handy and take advantage of the cooler weather while it lasts!
Even on a tough bite, Matt Applebaum produces the fish!
The cooler temps this week have put the bass fishing in a little bit of a flux. A change of 10 degrees +/- coolers gets those fish singing a different tune and a little bit more finicky to figure out. As a fly guy primarily, I struggle a bit in those situations since I really try to force-feed a surface bite as much as possible, especially with clients in the boat. It's hard to argue that surface bites are far more exciting.  This warm up will get those fish in a better rhythm for sure! Tag-teamed a trip of mixed fly and spin anglers with Matt the other day and Matt proved why he is the man with the plan when it comes to the conventional bass game!
Happy Client w/ Not-So-Happy Fish
If you haven't downloaded our new app yet, get on board! We have a Catch'n'Click photo contest going on right now until 6/24 and you can win free stuff just by submitting your best photo! Also keep up on river flows, weather, reports all in one place!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Trout Weather!

Guided outing with a very fishy father / son duo the other day
Last week we were in such a heat wave and low water period, things were starting to look pretty bleak in the local trout fishing world. Now the forecast has changed drastically, calling for potential SNOW at higher elevations over the next couple nights! That would be only the 3rd or 4th time in history that's happened this time of year!...crazy!
Aside from the cooler weather, we've had some great rain and scattered t-storms this week that have brought water levels back up to at least, seasonal averages. The Lamoille turned into a river of chocolate for a couple days, but receded very, very quickly and actually dropped in level faster than it improved in clarity, which is kind of backwards.
Bud-Hole Surfers for a special order
What all this means of course is trout fishing should be excellent over the next several days. More often than not, it's too warm to fish Brown Drakes on the Lamoille in early June, but we may actually get a crack at them this year! We just threw some BD cripple patterns down in the fly bins and a large PT nymph will cover the sub-surface imitation. Just before dark is the time for that hatch on silty sections of the Lamoille in particular.
We've been playing musical boats in the barn, having moved the rafts into the back during the heatwave and pulling the motor boats front and center. We've been running our rafts locally for over 10 years now and we know the limits for pulling off a quality float. You won't see us ping-ponging paying customers down bony water just because we have inflatable drift boats...that's not a quality experience in our opinion. Prime time for floating this week. We've got a seat for ya!
Fishing with a REAL bass pro
Matt Applebaum has been crushing the bass lately and next week I'm excited to team up with Matt to guide a family of fly and spin anglers. Matt will make himself available just about any time that is convenient for you, so get on the boat with a real bass pro that is a master of his game!
The Ditch Pickle Classic is getting close and, with over 150 anglers already registered, we've been busy to say the least with Pickle prep and filling special fly orders. We will have flies for sale at the DPC check-in on 6/25, but it would be very helpful to get your orders to us ahead of time! This year we're rolling out the Official Ditch Pickle Classic Tournament App, so get over to your app store and download it now!