Fly Fishing Tips: New Haven River near Middlebury, VT

Perhaps you learned to fish by sitting at the edge of a dock with your feet dangling in the water and a small worm on your hook. Maybe it was a parent or grandparent who showed you the ropes and then spoke of “the big one” they once caught when they were little. Even though times have changed and massive chain stores sell thousands of kinds of rods, hooks and lures of every size and every color of the rainbow, fishing is still a very simple and enjoyable sport. It is something anyone at any age can enjoy and around Swift House Inn in Middlebury, VT, there are some favorite places to go.

We love helping our guests find fun things to do and if fishing is up your alley then you may want to spend some time on the New Haven River. Only 3.4 miles from Middlebury, this river is a tributary of Otter Creek and while many areas of its waters are popular for swimming, the fishing is also fantastic. The season starts in April and goes until the end of October. Summer and fall both provide great opportunities for some fun fly fishing. In this river you will find wild Brook Trout, stocked Rainbow Trout and stocked Brown Trout. The river is full of hidden pockets of water and plunge pools, both of which are an angler’s delight. There are some great websites out there too that will provide you with up-to-date information on the best times to go fishing the New Haven River depending on weather changes and barometric pressure.

Fly Fishing Tips

You may need a fellow angler to show you the ropes but to have a successful fly fishing experience, make sure you:

  • Learn how to cast properly
  • Assemble your equipment the right way
  • Know your terminology
  • Figure out what kind of grip you want to use
  • Learn about the reel
  • String the rod properly
  • Learn to tie basic knots
  • Dress appropriately as fish are easily spooked

If you are looking for a last minute summer getaway or are planning a fall retreat, Swift House Inn owners Dan and Michele Brown can not only guide you to the best fishing spots in town but also suggest the best hot spots, shopping, dining and activities to make your vacation extra special. Our bed and breakfast offers the essence of New England warmth and our large comfortable rooms with all modern amenities provide ultimate relaxation. Contact us at (866) 388-9925 for reservation information.

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