TU, with an assist from Mother Nature, takes out dam and salmon return to the river. The dam was demolished in 1996, and that fall a few landlocked salmon returned to the river to spawn for the first time in nearly 40 years. Before the dam, salmon stacked up in the river twice each year—during the fall spawn and in the spring, when they gorge on smelt and pinhead minnows. Back then, anglers arrived by train, booked all rooms in hotels and guest houses, and engaged area residents to guide them on the stream.
The Clyde was known as one of the finest landlocked salmon rivers in the East. The fish are coming back. Last year, TU’s Frank Smith, chair of the Vermont Council, landed a 10-pounder on a Pistachio Pudding streamer, which he’ll tell you about, with some embarrassment, if you ask. Walleye, too, are back in the system, but Smith and others admit that it will take a long time, maybe 10 years, to reestablish anything like the numbers of salmon that once ran in this section of the river. Species: Brown, brook, landlocked salmon. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
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