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Fishing Season Open All Year!

No...this is not a dream of mine, but actually, a reality.  Many folks don't know that - although the NY fishing season ended October 15 - that there are a few choice spots you can fish throughout the year, so long as you update your fishing license.  OK.  I'll spill it.  Admittedly, this is a "No-Kill, Artificial Lures Only" section but if you've read this far chances are you're strictly a catch-and-release kind of person anyway.  You understand,  appreciate and respect both the beauty of the fish and their natural reproductive cycle (which is strained under even the best of circumstances).  So, if you fish from the Vermont border to my bridge - the Eagleville Bridge, that is - you are perfectly legal in your pursuit so long as you adhere to the rules of the DEC (see above).  Yes, you know it's going to be cold.  Frigid even.  But you also know the rewards.  And I ain't necessarily talking fish here.  Have fun.  And let me know how you made out.  

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Al, Im looking for some good access points on the c&R part of the river. I have been interested in fly fishing for a long time and recently took it up this past year. I spend a lot of time on the Ausable, but have recently been looking into fishing the Battenkill. I am headed up tomorrow and would welcome any local knowledge that would help me out in the persuit of my first Battenkill Trout. I have read about all of the famous pools, but cant seem to find a map or dirctions to find them. I cant wait to enjoy the river and all it has to offer. If your around and feel like spending some time on the river, I would welcome the company of a fellow fisherman. I look forward to talking to you.

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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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