Batten Kill

Manchester, Vermont

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If the Beaver Kill was the cradle of fly fishing, you’ll find its soul on the Batten Kill. Laden with spruce, pine, and occasional larch, the Green Mountains roll through central Vermont spawning scores of trout streams, but none so famous as the Batten Kill. The river is not long, barely 50 miles divided evenly with New York, west of the border. A dairy region turned resort area by the middle of the 1800s, the gentle valley of the Batten Kill drew thousands who came for its cool and healthy healing airs. In 1836, Charles F. Orvis was born in Manchester on the Batten Kill. The company he founded has revolutionized angling and its shops in Manchester attract legions of anglers. Few, however, fish the river that runs behind the store. Overshadowed by western big-fish waters, the Batten Kill is taciturn, reticent, a bit like New England itself. You’ll find no rapacious pods of stocked trout here; none have been introduced since the early 1970s. Much of the mileage is held in private hands, though access is not as difficult as it might be. Species: Brown, brook, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

If the Beaver Kill was the cradle of fly fishing, you’ll find its soul on the Batten Kill. Laden with spruce, pine, and occasional larch, the Green Mountains roll through central Vermont spawning scores of trout streams, but none so famous as the Batten Kill. The river is not long, barely 50 miles divided evenly with New York, west of the border. A dairy region turned resort area by the middle of the 1800s, the gentle valley of the Batten Kill drew thousands who came for its cool and healthy healing airs. In 1836, Charles F. Orvis was born in Manchester on the Batten Kill.

The company he founded has revolutionized angling and its shops in Manchester attract legions of anglers. Few, however, fish the river that runs behind the store. Overshadowed by western big-fish waters, the Batten Kill is taciturn, reticent, a bit like New England itself. You’ll find no rapacious pods of stocked trout here; none have been introduced since the early 1970s. Much of the mileage is held in private hands, though access is not as difficult as it might be. Species: Brown, brook, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Manchester
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Mid-April through mid-October
Local Maps: Vermont DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Batten Kill

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