Fly Fishing The New Haven River
The New Haven River is located in West Central
Vermont and is a tributary of another popular Vermont
trout fishing destination, Otter Creek. The river begins in
the Green Mountains on the slopes of Bradloaf
Mountain near Ripton. The upper section consist of
small, stream, pocket water which is very suitable for its
population of brook trout. The headwaters also have
several small feeder streams with good populations of
brook trout for anglers to fish. The declination is steep,
with lots of plunge pools. Fly fishing the New Haven
River in its upper headwater section is a angler's small
When the New Haven River reaches Lincoln, more
tributaries increase the size of the stream. It flows along
the road with many access sites available to anglers. It
consist of high gradient pocket water with several steep
plunges and waterfalls. During the summer, its waters
are also popular for swimming and other recreational
activities. Rainbow trout begin to show up in this section
of the river, but its population still consist mostly of brook
Near Bristol, the river has both steep and moderate
sections of water. It's still mostly small stream pocket
water with a mixture of both rainbows and brook trout.
Access is very plentiful.
In the Bristol Flats area, the river levels out and widens
some but it's still mostly ideal pocket water for fly fishing.
There are a few long sections of riffles. Sycamore Park
is a popular access point in this section of the New
Notch Brook, a larger tributary increases the flow in the
next lower section, but the river's decline lessens in most
areas. There are long runs, riffles and pools and some
pocket water sections, but the stream consist mostly of
moderate to slow water
Further downstream, Muddy Branch, another tributary
increases the size of the river. Deeper, longer sections
of pools and runs exist in the lower section. The fishing
opportunities continue in this area due to heavy
stocking. This section is popular with many anglers
because of the stocked trout. Even though the lower
section is mostly moderate water, there are some areas
of steep declines in this section of the New Haven River.
The thirty mile long river ends at its confluence with
The season for fly fishing the New Haven River runs
from middle April to near the end of October.
Spring is the best time to fish the New Haven River due
to its hatches
Summertime is good on all but the hottest days.
Fall is a good time to catch the colorful brook trout
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rods:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.