Please join us in celebrating all that the Battenkill River and Arlington, Vermont has to offer. Mark your calendars for the 1st Annual Battenkill Fly Fishing Festival happening April 29 through May 1, 2022.
About the Festival
Our mission is to support anglers in their love of the sport, create opportunities to expand fly fishing for all, and showcase the beautiful town of Arlington: the fly fishing capital of Vermont.
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International Fly Fishing Film Festival
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The International Fly Fishing Film Festival® consists of short and feature length films produced by professional filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. The films at this popular event are capturing the attention of anglers around the world. IF4™ contains exclusive content and is a must see experience coming to a theater near you!
About the Battenkill River
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"Last September, I did a write up of the population survey efforts conducted on the Vermont portion of the Battenkill. What was most interesting to me at the time was how the river was responding to an ongoing drought situation, as well as having been through a severe winter where river icing was a significant problem. At the time of the 2015 survey, water levels were dramatically low at 89 cubic feet per second (record lows are about 65 cfs) and had been low for several weeks. Even the casual observer could not help but notice the presence of mergansers, herons, kingfishers, and the occasional osprey along the river. All these avian predators are common on the ‘Kill, but clearly they had free range to do their best to ignore the river’s catch-and-release restrictions. Add to that the mink that patrol the banks and the rumors of river otter inhabiting sections of stream, and it’s easy to get a picture of a trout population under siege."
"On the flanks of the Green River in southwestern Vermont, the site of an environmental group’s next restoration project is easy to spot.
Near Sandgate’s town offices, the river, traveling west, takes a 90-degree turn to the south. The current collides with a steep hillside, and the curvature of the water has gradually scraped away at the hill’s base. "
STRATTON Magazine -
A River Runs Through It
"Master fly fisherman Reg Baird, author of Living with Trout: A Lifelong Adventure, famously declared, “The man who coined the phrase ‘Money can’t buy happiness’ never bought himself a good fly rod.” And since 1856, when Charles F. Orvis opened his namesake company near the banks of the Battenkill, anglers have come from all over the world to find their bliss in the trout streams in and around Manchester, Vermont. The gorgeous natural surroundings, an abundance of trout, and the world famous Battenkill—a fly-fishing mecca for centuries—make the Manchester area the go-to spot for any serious fly-fishing enthusiast seeking the ultimate East Coast angling adventure."
Kenneth M. Cox, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department -
Trout Population Response to Cover Habitat Enhancement in the Batten Kill Main Stem
Trout population response to the addition of cover structures in a section of the Batten Kill main stem was evaluated. Prior to treatment available fish cover for yearling and larger size trout in the habitat enhancement project site was estimated to be 0.7% of the wetted channel area. Placement of 85 cover structures increased available cover to a modest 3.0%. Trout abundance prior to and following habitat enhancement was estimated by annual electrofishing surveys conducted within pool and riffle habitats in the treatment section as well as at two untreated control sites. While no change in mean yearling trout numbers was observed between pre- and post-treatment periods at the control sites, average yearling fish numbers increased 4.9 fold in the treated pool and doubled in the treated riffle. In the pool habitat young-of-year trout numbers also doubled, and modest increases in the range of 1.6-1.8 times pre-treatment levels for fish in the 10-19.9 inch adult size range were observed. These results provide evidence that inadequate refuge habitats may be limiting trout abundance in the Batten Kill. Habitat restoration may be an effective management tool to compensate for factors affecting trout survival and abundance, although cost and access to private lands limit its practicality on a watershed scale. Protection and restoration of riparian habitats and its influence on instream habitats will be key to the long term health of the Batten Kill wild trout resources.
About Arlington, VT
Arlington lies in the Valley of Vermont between the Taconic Range to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. In fact, most of Arlington’s land mass lies in the Taconic Range.According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 42.4 square miles (109.9 km²), of which, 42.4 square miles(109.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.05%) is water. The Battenkill River, famous for trout fishing, flows through the center of town.
*Dogs are allowed as long as they are on leashes, and that includes the beer tent. No dogs are allowed in any building. Dogs must be with their owners at all times.
The Arlington Common is an initiative created by the Arlington Arts Enrichment Program, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing our community through creative exploration of the arts and wellness. This multi-generational center was created by the people for the people in an effort to embrace the beauty of living in the shires of Vermont.