Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Batten Kill
The typical Batten Kill angler that has fished the stream for years will most likely disagree
with just about everything we say here. For example, we have seen many fine bamboo fly
rods on the stream and I doubt any one of the guys fishing one would want to swap for a
nice graphite. We may even get criticized if we don't mention the popular "Batten Kill" Orvis
Fly Reel. Never-the-less, here is what we think would be the ideal line of fly fishing gear for
the Batten Kill. Naturally, we suggest our Perfect Fly trout flies.

Fly Line:
We are recommending a 4 or 5 weight, floating fly line for all of the fishing. There are some
anglers that prefer a 6 weight fly floating fly line for heavier nymphs and streamers.

Leaders should range in sizes from a 0X for streamers up to a 6X for midges and small dry
flies. Lengths ranging from nine feet up to twelve feet in length are suggested.

Extra tippet material ranging from 0X to 6X should be available for the leaders we list above.

Fly Rods:
We suggest either a 4, 5 or 6 weight fly rod for each line size you choose to fish. That will
handle about anything you will catch from the Batten kill. It should have a medium fast to
fast action and be nine feet in length.

Fly Reels:
The fly reel you use for the 4, 5 or 6 weight line should be light and have good drags,  
preferably disc drags, There are some 18 inch brown trout in the Batten Kill. You don't
want to loose a nice brown trout because of a poor or rough operating drag.

Much of the bottom in the upper part is soft. I wouldn't want to wade without waders even if
the water was warm enough. There are leeches in the river. Actually, I would not want to
fish the Batten Kill without waders at all. You would be handicapped severely without them.

Wading Boots:
Most of the bottom is either mud or soft soil or it is small gravel ranging from pecan size
gravel up to baseball size stones. Felt soles would be our choice. The new rubber soles
may work well. We haven't tried them there yet. The stream does have Didymo.

Wading Staff:
The water is not really bad enough for us to say a wading staff should be used. We would
call it optional.

We always recommend our own "Perfect Fly" Trout Flies. We have specific imitations of
every important insect that hatches on the Batten Kill. It is best to use the hatch chart and
select the flies to use for the period of time you will be fishing.
James Marsh fishing Battenkill
Battenkill River
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