First Fly Fishing Trip to Vermont

First Fly Fishing Trip to Vermont

One of my HubSpot work buds, Dave Shepherd, and myself went fly fishing in Vermont yesterday.  We spent the day out on the Black River which feeds into the Connecticut River.  Dave is a regular fly fisherman and this was my first fly fishing experience.  Although I’ve done quite a bit of fishing in my life I’ve just never used a fly rod before.  He was nice enough to teach me enough of the basics you need to dig in.

One of Dave’s sayings is, “If you can catch three fish in a day then it was a GREAT day!”.  Combined that is exactly how many fish we caught although we did hook more than twice that many other fish that got away.

kyle with a trout

I really do miss just getting away and going camping and spending time out in nature.  It’s something that has been hard to give up by living in the middle of a city.  It’s also something that I look forward to getting to do a lot more of one day.

two trout

I decided that I was going to bring two of the trout back and give it a shot to cook them up.  If you plan on filleting a fish like a trout you better have a great filleting knife as I learned.  Even the high quality Cutco kitchen knifes that I own suck at this task.

It took at least an hour filleting the two fish, yeah I know way to long but I blame it on not having the right knife for the job.  Afterwards I sprayed a pyrex cooking pan with vegetable oil, covered the fish with thyme, oregano and some olive oil.  Then cooked the fish at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  That was it and everything actually came out really tasty.  Even Skip enjoyed a couple of bites.

cooked trout

All in all I think I would definitely go fly fishing again.  Just getting out in nature and enjoying a day on the river makes it all worthwhile.  Actually catching a couple fish to bring home and bake makes all the better!

2 Comments

  1. Jonathan
    May 17, 2012

    if you ever want to go on a guided tour in Vermont, please e-mail me at jloupis@gmail.com . Good friends of mine run a service as fly-fishing guides, ice-fishing guides along with guiding those that prefer a regular rod and reel…

  2. Jonatahan
    May 17, 2012

    if you ever want to go on a guided tour in Vermont, please e-mail me at jloupis@gmail.com . Good friends of mine run a service as fly-fishing guides, ice-fishing guides along with guiding those that prefer a regular rod and reel…

    I have seen the pictures of their catches, they definitely know where to fish. They catch trophies, I grew up in Vermont fishing most of my life, and in comparison to their catches I probably caught less in a lifetime than they do in a season, and definitely nothing as big.

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