Mettawee River Brook Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Mettawee River Vermont
The Mettawee River begins in the Green Mountains of
Vermont near Dorset, Vermont. It flows for sixteen miles
in the state of Vermont into the state of New York. After
leaving the hills as a small freestone stream, the river
flows through a picture, perfect setting of New England
dairy farms.

Lower Hollow Road out of Dorset will access the upper
part of the stream. It is very small in its headwaters and
the trout are native brook trout and some rainbows.  
Most of the main stretch of the river can be accessed
from state highway #30. Access is provided at bridges
and one official state access. If there's a problem with
fishing the Mettawee River, access is it. All the locals tell
us that all you have to do is ask a farmer to fish and
permission will be granted. The time we fished this
stream we were by ourselves and had all the access we
needed without asking anyone for permission.

Below the sections of dairy farms, the river flows through
some forest sections. This section has to be accessed
off on roads leading off of highway #30. You will find
both rainbow and trout in the lower section of the river.
The state stocks brown trout in the lower section of the
stream. State highway #149W provides some access
near the New York state line.

Most of the middle and lower sections of the river consist
of long riffles and pools. There is very little pocket water
and most currents are moderate. Fly fishing the
Mettawee River is usually best in late May and June. July
and August can be tough, especially in the middle
sections of the river where there is little to no trees
along the stream. You should fish where some of its
small tributaries provide cooler water, if at all. The
fishing will pick back up again in mid September as soon
as the weather cools.

This stream has all of the Southern New England
hatches of mayflies and caddisflies. It also has a good
population of Little Yellow and Little Green stoneflies.

The season follows the standard Vermont trout season
of Mid April through October.
There are many hatches that occur in the Spring but
high water can be a problem until about mid May.
The upper area of the Mettawee River stays cooler in
the Summer but fishing can be tough during hot weather.
Early Fall is a great time as well as a beautiful time to
fish the Mettawee River.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (wild and stocked with
Brook Trout (native)
Rainbow (wild and stocked with

Small to Medium

Southern Vermont

Nearest Towns

Mid April - October


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State of Vermont

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