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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 Dam.
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
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.
The fishing season opens in the middle of April and
closes the last of October.
Late spring can be very good.
The summer is a good time to fish for the brook trout.
Early autumn is an excellent time to catch large brown
trout and for the landlocked salmon fishing.
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. (Click Here to Continue)
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