01/14/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 1

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Vermont's Green Mountains are beautiful, especially during the Fall. There isn't any
one single stream in the state of Vermont I would recommend as a blue-ribbon,
destination stream for anyone traveling to upper New England from a good distance
away. If someone was interested in visiting Vermont, I would recommend they check
out some of the streams located in the Green Mountains. Here's a few of them.
Mad River New Vermont
The Mad River has some beautiful, small headwater streams with native brook trout
and wild rainbows. The lower part of the stream is stocked but still has plenty of wild
browns and rainbows. The Green Mountains are busy during the Summer and early
Fall and there can be a congestion problem with general visitors although few of
them fish. Worth your time if your visiting Vermont.

White River Vermont:
The White River is one of the larger and better trout streams in the Green
Mountains. It has lots of small feeder streams in its headwaters and middle sections
that also has plenty of wild and native trout. We have caught mostly wild rainbows
and native and wild brooks but like the Mad River, you'll find stocked trout in the
lower sections. This is one stream I feel would fare just fine without the stockers.
Worth you time if your visiting Vermont.

Mettawee River Vermont:
The Mettawee River is another larger stream with both wild and stocked trout. It's
lower section in dairy farm country flows through some beautiful landscapes. We
have caught some nice size wild rainbows in the middle and upper sections. You
can catch plenty of small brook trout. This one's worth fishing if your in the area.
Avoid it during the hot Summer.

Clyde River Vermont:
I will also mention the Clyde River is in Northern Vermont near Canada. We fished it
for two days but not when the salmon were present. We didn't do all that well fishing
for the other species but we spent too much time looking at the area and not
enough time fishing. This section of Vermont is different and beautiful in many ways.
The Clyde River isn't a destination trout stream that I would recommend for anyone
that lived over a couple of hundred miles away, but it's a beautiful trout stream that
does provide some good fishing opportunities for landlocked salmon. All of its
feeder streams have brook trout. The stream is stocked with brown, brook and
rainbow and it has some good sized holdovers but no wild trout of any appreciable
extent. Its located in extreme northern Vermont. If you were in or near Northern
Vermont, it would be worth your time to fish. Parts of it are very scenic.


I will say the same thing about the White Mountains in New Hampshire that I said
above about Vermont's Green Mountains. They have some very good trout streams
but none are worthy to be called a blue-ribbon, destination stream on its own merit.
The Green Mountains are beautiful and some of the trout streams are worthy of a
trip for those interested in visiting New Hampshire. In that event, I could recommend
some of the streams. Here's one that made T. U.'s top 100 streams. How it did is
beyond me.
Swift River New Hampshire
The Swift River is a fine brook trout stream. Its upper headwaters and middle
section has plenty of them. We have caught brook trout about as fast as we could
cast. Like most of the other streams in this area of New England, I prefer the
headwater areas. The mountains are not that high elevation wise and the water can
get warm during the hot Summer in the lower section; however, you can still catch
brook trout in the headwaters and in all of the many feeder streams even in hot
weather. The stream's middle section also has a good population of wild rainbows
but they are mixed in with those the state stocks. Both the middle and lower sections
are stocked. If you are visiting New Hampshire, which is a beautiful state well worth
seeing, or if your nearby in Vermont or close by in New York, it is worth the time to
fish the Swift River. Like most of the other streams in the White Mountains, the Swift
River just doesn't come up to par with a true blue-ribbon trout stream.

Both New Hampshire and Vermont have some better trout streams and I will cover
some of those tomorrow.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh