Battenkill Valley Blog

Sublime Time On The River

There truly is perhaps no more sublime experience in all of fly fishing than Fall on the Battenkill.  The river is cooler, the fish are fattening up, and the riverbanks are just bursting with the burgeoning colors of Fall. 

The Battenkill is said to be "the toughest brown trout fishery in North America" (Fly Fisherman Magazine, 1997.) where the trout have "earned their PhD.'s" in how to avoid being caught.  The river is gin clear - they can see you coming! - and the fish are very experienced - they've been cast to before! - and extremely finicky.  Catch a brown or a brookie, America's native trout, on this stream and you've got bragging rights you can tell your grandkids about.  But even if you don't catch anything, it's still a sublime experience just being there.  The Battenkill Valley has lots of public fishing access to this most beautiful of rivers, and the summer pressures of vacationing fishers and floaters are mostly gone.  Go out and enjoy yourself.  You'll never forget it. 

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Al Budde

40 minutes East of Saratoga and a world away; the Battenkill Valley is a Cornucopia of Cool. No Interstates. No noise. No hurry. Called "The Tuscany of New York", the region abounds in farm-crafted cheeses, creameries, heirloom vegetables and specialty meats you can buy right off the farm. Art galleries that will amaze you. Scenery that will inspire you. And through it all runs the Battenkill River, an astonishingly clear and gentle water playground that also happens to be the toughest trout fishery in the U.S.A Like touring? There's a reason the largest pro-am bike race in America happens here. And don't get me started on the Revolutionary war history, or the “you won't believe what I found: antiques and shops.

AL BUDDE has a lot of interests in fly fishing, playwriting, canoeing (and tubing), history, shopping, dining, friendships and he counts himself among the fortunate few who have found a place where all of those things collide: The Battenkill Valley. He knows (almost) everyone here, and will be your personal guide to all of those hidden places, activities, sights and scenery it would take you years to discover on your own. Discover the Battenkill Valley. Have fun. Make new discoveries. Renew your soul. And start here!


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