Orvis© Endorsed Fly-Fishing
Our Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Program allows guests from beginner to expert to cast in some of Central Vermont's most picturesque rivers and streams. Learn to flycast in our meadow with one of our Orvis Endorsed Guides, or head out to one of the local streams (the Barnard Brook and the Kedron Brook) which are located on our property. You can also choose to venture out into the bigger water (White, Black & Ottauquechee Rivers) for some of Vermont's best fishing. Some rivers are even accessible year-round, offering early and late season splendor. We also belong to the Meccawe Club (the oldest private fishing club in the country), with a well-stocked 11-acre private pond. At Meccawe, our guides will be available to give you tips as you cast from shore or in one of our Clacka-Craft drift boats.
Places We Fish
We typically fish April to October, however there are year-round options for lessons, certain guided trips (weather permitting) and Ice Fishing (see below).
- White River - Trips Available Year-Round
- Black River - Trips Available Year-Round
- Ottauquechee River
- Kedron Brook
- Barnard Brook
- Meccawe Club - Stocked Pond
- Other Nearby Brooks & Streams
See the daily Vermont Orvis Fishing Conditions Report.
Before we head out on excursions or begin a lesson we go over some of the basics of fly-fishing. We ensure everyone feels confident by including instruction of:
- Explanation of freshwater fly-fishing gear
- Fly casting techniques
- Essential fly-fishing knots
- Basic stream and pond entomology (science of insects)
- Proper fly selection
- How to read water and currents
- How to play, land and safely release fish
The fishing program at the Woodstock Inn & Resort practices catch and release, and is proud to be committed to the health of the Vermont fisheries.
Lessons, Trips & Programs
From beginners to seasoned anglers, we offer lessons and excursions for everyone! Join our guides to create memorable experiences near classic Vermont covered bridges, in beautiful and clear streams and brooks, at the oldest private fishing club in the country, or create your own personalized adventure!
Our fly-fishing programs and clinics are a great opportunity to gather friends, meet new fishing buddies and get out on the water together during a pre-scheduled event.
Policies & Contact
Trips & lessons must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
Cancellation Policy: We adhere to a 48-hour cancellation policy. Cancellations made 48-hours prior to the reservation date will not be charged, cancellations within 48-hours of the reservation date will be charged in full. Excursions that are booked within 48-hours, and without a reservation, will be charged in full and are non-refundable.
Weather Cancellation: In the event of a cancellation by our guides due to weather, we offer other fishing options and/or the ability to change the date of the trip. If an alternative excursion cannot be fulfilled, a full refund will be given.
|2 Hours (up to 2 people)||Per Person Add-On (MAX 6 people)|
Recommended for the true beginner or someone who needs re-orientation to the sport. This is a on-land only lesson experience. All equipment explained, plus casting instruction, fishing knots, and basic entomology (bugs) lessons included. Orvis equipment provided. No license required.
|Per Hour/ Per Person|
For those folks looking to advance their fly-fishing and fly casting skills. Learn and/or improve your double haul, improve accuracy and distance. Video analysis available. On the lawn or on the water. Use our Orvis equipment or bring your own.
|Half-Day (4 Hours)||
Per Person Add-On Half Day
|Full-Day (7 Hours)||Per Person Add-On Full Day|
|Small-Stream Brook Trout Fishing||$349 (up to 2 people)||$99*||$449 (up to 2 people)||$99*|
|Guided Fly-Fishing||$349 (up to 2 people)||$99*||$449 (up to 2 people)||$99*|
|Private Trout Club Fishing||$349 (up to 2 people)||Limited to 2 people||$449 (up to 2 people)||Limited to 2 people|
Explore the picturesque stream and river locations of Central Vermont with our experienced Orvis Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guides. Or join us at Meccawe for the Private Trout Club Experience. Although this is a stocked pond, these fish, which are sometimes large, can be a challenge to land. At Mecawee, our guides will be available to give you tips as you cast from shore or in one of our Clacka-Craft drift boats. Ask about our Warm Water Species Excursions. The full-day excursion includes a boxed lunch provided by the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Minimum age is 12 years. Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Some experience suggested. Bring your own equipment or use our Orvis gear.
Vermont fishing license is required for fishing everywhere besides Meccawe and can be purchased by clicking here.
*Our guides prefer to have a maximum of 3 people per guide to give the best attention for safety, however this can be modified on a case-by-case basis.
VT Covered Bridges Trout Tour
|Full Day (7 Hours)||Per Person Add-On|
|$449 (up to 2 people)||$99*|
A truly unique Vermont fly-fishing adventure. Fish for brook, rainbow and brown trout under and around four separate historic Vermont covered bridges. Terrific fishing and photo ops. Orvis equipment is available. Boxed lunch provided by the Woodstock Inn & Resort. Some experience suggested. Vermont fishing license is required and can be purchased by clicking here.
Winter means cold temperatures that can keep you indoors and cause a serious case of cabin fever. Head to the frozen waters with our Fishing Guides for a fun way to get outdoors and beat the winter doldrums. All gear provided, holes pre-drilled and hut set up, the guest will follow guide to the fishing spot. You will need to purchase a Vermont Fishing License.
What to wear for your day on the Ice:
- Dress in layers, a wool or fleece base layer will keep you warm and dry.
- Winter coat and waterproof snow pants.
- Winter boots, the key to warm feet is keeping them dry!
- Two-layer socks: A thin pair first, with wool or heavy socks over them.
Duration: 4-5 Hours (7am-12pm)
Cost: $349 (for 2 people) MAX: 4 people
Contact Us for more information and to schedule.
Custom Fly-Fishing Excursion
Create the trip of a lifetime, just the way you want it.
Whether you want to fish 3 days in a row, go out early morning or late evening, explore deep into the Green Mountain National Forest, or introduce your youngsters to this sport with our instruction while you fish, we are ready for it! All of this & much more can be created by our experienced Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guides. We want to work with you to create the fly-fishing experience you want! Vermont fishing license is required and can be purchased by clicking here. The full day excursion includes a boxed lunch provided by the Woodstock Inn & Resort. This is the ideal trip for a whole family outing, no matter the ability level! Ages 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your own equipment or use our Orvis gear. Priced determined on your needs.
Our all-inclusive trips really are just that. All you have to do is come with the clothing you need for fishing. Your guide will have a full stock of Orvis fly rods and reels, vests, waders, flies, lines, leaders, and tippets you will need. With all of that said, please feel free to bring your favorite rod and equipment. The guides are more than happy to accommodate.
For our lessons and excursions we recommend you to bring clothing for fishing & local weather (we recommend layers, a raincoat & lightweight gloves), a hat, polarized sunglasses (for protection during casting class and guided trips), insect repellent and sunscreen.
We are Proud to Partner With...
Orvis: We are proud to be an Orvis Endorsed Lodge with Orvis Endorsed Guides.
50/50 On The Water: Here to inspire and celebrate women in the sport we all love with the mission of having equal women and men fishing.