Northeast of Manchester, the Batten Kill River is known to fly fishermen for its abundant brown trout and rainbow trout. The river starts in the Green Mountains and runs 50 miles crossing into New York. Many fish the Battenkill year-round due to the springs which keep it cool. It has become a mainly wild river since stocking stopped in 1971.
The section above Manchester is know by small riffles and pools with brook trout averaging 8 to 10 inches long.
Below Manchester, several brooks flow into the river increasing its size. You will find more brown trout running up to 15 to 17 inches in length.
West of West Arlington, the Battenkill River crosses the New York border.
The best access for fly fishing on the Batten Kill River is provided off SR7.
Note: As of January 2011, it is illegal to use felt sole waders and wading shoes in Vermont. You must use non-felt soles for fly fishing in Vermont.
Overall, Batten Kill River is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 10 fly fishing spots in Vermont.