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. The Batten Kill River is known for year-round fly fishing due to the springs which keep it cool. It has become a mainly wild river since stocking stopped in 1971.
West of West Arlington, the Battenkill River crosses the New York border following SR313. Eventually, the river meets the confluence with the Hudson River.
The fly fishing access for the Batten Kill River is off SR313 near the New York/Vermont border. The favored section is from the Vermont state line downstream to the covered bridge at Eagleville. This section is popular with fly fishermen year-round, but keep in mind that it is catch-and-release with artificial lures only.
Here is a list of the major hatches on the Battenkill River by month:
April - Blue Quills, Black Stones, Hendricksons
May - Red Quills, Tan & Olive Caddis, Gray Fox
June - Sulfurs/Cahills, Caddis, Rusty Spinners
July - Yellow Drakes, BWO, Dun Caddis
August - Tricos, BWO, Evening Duns
September - Tricos, Fall Caddis, Flying Ants
October - Fall Caddis, BWO, Midges
Overall, Batten Kill River is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 32 fly fishing spots in New York.