The Mettowee River Float Trip with The Battenkill Angler

$
200
-
$
500
/ Boat
Capacity:
1 - 2 anglers
Days:
Daily
Duration:
4 hours - 1 day
Reza A
Response rate: 
2%
Response time:
1 hour
This is mainly a small, quick freestone creek. Unstocked since 1970, it holds a good population of wild rainbow and wild brown trout. Easy to wade, with good hatches all season long, this is a great classroom for the beginning or experienced fly fisher.
 
What is Included:
Lunch
Drinks & Snacks
Flies
Tackle
Transportation
Rates
Per
Capacity
Dates
Duration
Price
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
400
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily1 day
$
500
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily6 hours
$
300
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily6 hours
$
400
Boat
1 - 1
 anglers
Daily4 hours
$
200
Boat
1 - 2
 anglers
Daily4 hours
$
300
Availability
Fishing Waters
A mere five miles from Manchester, this freestone, spring-fed river, like the Battenkill, begins, near Dorset in Vermont’s Green Mountains. A tributary of Lake Champlain, the 28-mile ... morelong Mettawee is among Vermont’s most highly regarded trout streams, boasting 500 fish per mile. The landscape along the 16-mile stretch of river that runs through Vermont, is dotted with rolling hills and charming farm houses, providing a postcard view of New England.

To access the upper part of the stream follow Lower Hollow Road out of Dorset. At its headwaters, you can expect to find native brook and rainbow trout. Following state highway #30 offers river access as do its several bridges. The mid-section of the river is made up largely of long rifles and pools. Pocket water here is scarce and the currents are mild. Continuing down, the landscape changes from farm to forest. In the lower section of the river you will find both browns and rainbows, some of which were stocked by the state in prior years.

The best time to fish is late May and June. The summer months can be difficult so if you fish at this time, most guides recommend moving into some of the Mettawee’s many tributaries where the water is likely to be cooler. By the middle of September the weather begins to cool down and its possible to return to the main course of the river. Motivated by the impetus to spawn, the fish tend to be hungrier and less particular, making them easier to catch. Given the narrow width of the river, at some points a mere 20 feet across, it is easily waded and can be fished with relatively short rods.

Before booking a trip on the Mettawee, inquire about variations in seasonal water temperatures and remember that you must return all fish between 10-14 inches.
Destination
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Famous for its dramatic fall foliage, cheddar cheese and maple syrup, anglers should know that Vermont also has great fly fishing. As the second least populated state in the nation, ... morewhat Vermont lacks in people it makes up for in fish. Lurking under many of those quaint, covered bridges are big, beautiful trout – lots of them.

When fishing in Vermont, consider staying in Manchester, an old-style, New England town of 4,400, with all the amenities of a modern, weekend getaway. Alongside the town runs the Battenkill River, still home to the famous tackle manufacturer, CF Orvis Company, first founded in 1856.

A short distance away, are two additional jewels, the Mettawee River, 5 miles away, and the Walloomsac, approximately 15 miles from Manchester. Pick up any guide book and you’ll find everyone agrees these pristine rivers flow through gorgeous scenery – flowered meadows, virgin hemlocks and tall stands of native hardwood trees – the prettiest angling in the East.

For friends and family not inclined to fish, the area has much to offer.

Fine artisanal shops and restaurants as well as commercial outlet-stores

Emerald Lake State Park - year round wild life and outdoor recreation

Golf Club at Equinox, a highly rated course and spa

American Museum of Fly Fishing, rich in history and fishing lore

The Vermont season opens the 2nd Saturday in April and ends late October. Late spring and late fall tend to the most favored times to fish. 

The options for traveling to Manchester include:

Fly into the Albany International Airport and drive for about 1 ½ hour.

Fly into the Burlington International Airport and drive for about 2 hours.
Outfitter
The Battenkill Angler is a full-service fly fishing guide service offering customized trout fishing trips in Southern Vermont and the Catskill Region of New York. Half-day to full-day ... moreguided tours mix the skills of flyfishing with the biology of the rivers and their ecosystems. Our favorite rivers include the Battenkill River and Mettawee River in Vermont, and the Beaverkill River, Upper Delaware River and Esopus Creek in the Catskills of New York.
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Cancellation Policy
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  • Cancellations made 14 days before will be fully refunded.
  • Cancellations made 7 days before will be refunded 50% of the amount paid.
  • Cancellations made at a later date will not be refunded.
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