Fly-Fishing: Obtaining a Vermont license allows fishing year-round
Of course, if you’d rather fish in the state where you already have a license, there are year-round catch-and-release sections of the Battenkill River, Schroon River, Kayaderosseras Creek, Oriskany Creek and West Canada Creek.
Starting Jan. 1, anglers in eastern New York will have more opportunities for year-round fishing — but they’ll have to spring for a Vermont license to take advantage of it.
Vermont recently announced it would open sections of 11 streams to catch-and-release, artificials-only fishing outside the Green Mountain State’s regular trout season, April 13-Oct. 31.
Among them are the Hoosic River from the New York state line, about 16 miles east of Tomhannock Reservoir, upstream to the Vermont-Massachusetts border.
The Walloomsac River will be open year-round from the state line about five miles east of Hoosick Falls into Bennington, and this stretch of river will join Vermont’s “trophy trout streams,” meaning it’s been stocked with jumbo 2-year-old browns and rainbows.
The new year-round section ends at the top of the former Vermont Tissue Plant Dam, downstream of Murphy Road, in Bennington.
Otter Creek, from its mouth at Lake Champlain, 30 miles north of Ticonderoga, all the way upstream to Mt. Tabor, about 20 miles east of the state line at Granville, also will open to year-round fishing Jan. 1.
Another option for Capital Region anglers is a two-mile stretch of the Deerfield River just upstream of Harriman Reservoir, about 20 miles east of Bennington.
You’ll need a Vermont license — $50 per year for non-residents.
Not everyone loves winter trout fishing; the action is usually slow at best. Still, on the occasional nice day, it can be fun to spend some time on the stream.
“The department has made it a priority to increase opportunities for fish and wildlife-based recreation in which there will not be a biological impact,” said Vermont Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry. “This new fishing regulation
will greatly expand angling opportunities and help promote open-water fishing during more of the year.”
TU Fly-tying Social
The monthly meeting of the Clearwater chapter of Trout Unlimited on Dec. 16 will be the group’s annual fly-tying round-table and holiday social with light refreshments and raffles throughout the evening.
Members and guests of all skill levels are invited to bring vises and materials to socialize while stocking up for the season to come. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Tyers can contact Bill Cosgrove at 766-2405\firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Albany Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3 Watervliet Ave. Ext., Albany. More information can be found at www.clearwatertu.org.
CDFF Rod Raffle
John Prokorym of Albany has been one of the Capital Region’s premier custom fly rod builders for years. The Capital District Fly Fishers is raffling off a Prokorym rod — and the winner gets to choose the model, anything from 3 to 10 weight, and up to nine feet long.
The rod comes with a reel and line. To buy tickets, call Greg Osenko at 357-3444. Tickets cost $5 each or $20 for five.
Tying Night at Flyshack
The Flyshack, 28 West Fulton St., Gloversville, hosts a fly-tying night every Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Newcomers can get some basic instruction. Saturdays, the shop offers free introductory casting instruction. Space is limited. Call the shop at 1-800-801-2318 or email email@example.com to reserve a spot.