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Fly Fishing The Clyde River Vermont
The Clyde River consist of several different types of
water. Its landlocked salmon section, located in
Newport, is only about a mile and a half long. It runs
from Lake Memphremagog to just below Clyde Pond
Above the dam, the river runs through a long valley.
The streams flows in and out of several ponds making
its way through the valley. The Brown trout is the main
species you will encounter in the lower part of this
thrity-five mile long section of the river.
The section downstream of Island Pond is brook trout
and brown water that flows through marshes and
swampy like areas. It is best fished from a canoe. The
outflow from Echo Lake and Seymour Lake add water
to the Clyde River near the little town of East
Charlestown. There are some rainbow trout and
landlocked salmon in the run from the dam that forms
Charlestown Pond to Salmon Lake.
The section of the Clyde River above the valley is
mostly brook trout water. The Pherrins River above
Island Pond, a tributary of the Clyde River, has
excellent brook trout fishing. The brook trout are large,
growing up to three pounds or so.
The lower Clyde River is the historic spawning grounds
of the Landlocked Salmon. At one time, people came
from everywhere to catch the salmon. The fishing was
destroyed by the operation of the dam either flooding
spawning waters or dewatering the stream.
Trout Unlimited members and other organizations
fought to stop the problem the operation of the dam
was causing and got help from above when a flood
breached part of the dam in 1994. After more battles to
prevent the dam from being repaired, the fight was won
and the dam was destroyed. The salmon are now
returning in good numbers.
The river is especially good in the fall during the month
of October. It is artificial lures and flies only fishing and
the salmon must be released.
Fly fishing the Clyde River requires many different
techniques and different strategies all depending on
the section of the river your fishing and the species of
fish you are pursuing. It is a very diverse river. Water
types vary from section to section and is influenced by
ponds and lakes as well as tributary streams.
You will water ranging from fast, pocket water with
conflicting currents, deep runs, short riffles and deep
pools to slick flowing, slow moving water in large pools
connected by short riffles. Most of the time, nymphs will
outproduce dry fly fishing but during times of the Clyde
River's heavier hatches, dry fly fishing can be terrific
and very productive.
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight for trout, 6 to 8 for
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Streamer & Salmon 0-2X
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 weight rods
For 4 to 9 wt. fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
The fishing season opens in the middle of
April and closes the last of October.
Late spring can be very good. Early
spring depends greatly on the weather
which varies greatly.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Clyde River
The methods, strategies, and techniques
used for fly fishing the Clyde River depends
entirely on the species you are pursuing,
the area you are fishing, and the season.
Since there is a diverse fishery and a wide
range of the types of water and species to
fish for, the flies and gear used also varies
considerably. The upper sections of the
Clyde holds a combination of wild, and
stocked brown and brook trout.
You will find rainbows and salmon mixed in
the middle section of the river from about
East Charlestown to Clyde Pond.
The lower section of the river that is
upstream from the mouth has both spring
and fall runs of landlocked salmon and
rainbow trout from Lake Memphremagog.
Near East Charlestown, near the mouth of
Echo Lake, the stream increases in speed
and becomes pocket water with pools, runs
and riffles. The bottom changes from silt to
rock ledges, and plunge pools and boulders
offer fast water fishing opportunities.
Fishing the slow moving water of the stream
and lakes is one thing and fishing the fast
pocket water in the section I just mentioned
is completely different.
Fishing for the landlocked salmon in
Newport in the spring when they are eating
smelt requires yet another method of
fishing, flies and gear. Fishing for the
landlocked salmon during the spawning
time with streamers is also completely
Fishing for the brook trout requires even a
different method of fishing. Unless you want
to confine your fishing to one particular
scenario, you are going to need to carry a
lot of fly fishing gear and equipment and a
huge selection of flies.
This is truly a diverse fishery with about as
many types of fishing as possible for one
stream. We haven't mentioned some of the
small tributaries and fishing the ponds and
lakes. They offer even more fishing
Clyde River Hatches and Trout Flies:
Our information on aquatic insects is based
on our stream samples of larvae and
nymphs, not guess work. We base fly
suggestions on imitating the most plentiful
and most available insects and other foods
at the particular time you are fishing. Unlike
the generic fly shop trout flies, we have
specific imitations of all the insects in the
Clyde River and in all stages of life that are
applicable to fishing. If you want to fish
better, more realistic trout flies, have a much
higher degree of success, give us a call.
We not only will help you with selections, you
will learn why, after trying Perfect Flies, 92%
of the thousands of our customers will use
nothing else. 1-800-594-4726.
Hatches also vary greatly depending on
whether you are fishing one of the ponds,
the slow flowing river, the tailwater or the
fast pocket water sections of the stream.
In late April and May, the Blue-winged Olives
hatch and then again in the early fall.
You may find a big hatch of Grannoms or
Little Black Caddis in late April. Quill
Gordons hatch in the fast sections of some
areas in May. The Hendricksons follow them
but in the slower to moderate sections of
some areas of the stream.
March Browns hatch from the end of May to
the middle of June, mostly in the faster water
June brings about hatches of both Pale
Evening Duns and Sulphurs which last into
the first week of July. Slate Drakes and
Light Cahills usually hatch from mid-June
From mid-July to the middle of August you
will find some Golden Drakes. Tricos will
hatch in the slower water sections from
August through September.
Other than the Little Black Caddis there
will be hatches of Green Sedges from the
middle of May until the middle of July.
These are found in the moderate to fast
Cinnamon Caddis hatch from mid-June
through the month of July. Dark Blue
Sedges hatch the last two weeks of June.
Some large Great Autumn Brown Sedges
hatch in September.
There are some stonefly hatches in the
faster sections of water. Little Yellow
Stoneflies hatch in June and early July.
There may be a few Golden Stoneflies in
some fast water areas. Little Browns hatch
in May and early June.
Don't forget flies to match the smelt if you
are going to fish for the Landlocked
Salmon. You will probably also want a
variety of other streamers for the salmon
and brown trout.
The summer is a good time to fish for the
Early autumn is an excellent time to catch
large brown trout and for the landlocked
Clyde River Fly Fishing Report:
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