Otter Creek Rainbow Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Otter Creek Vermont
Otter Creek is actually a river that's the state's longest.
It's a major Vermont stream that's about 112 miles long
that begins in the Green Mountain National Forest on
Mt. Tabor near the little town of Peru. From there it flows
into Emerald Lake. On its way to Lake Champlain, Otter
Creek passes through several towns and cities. Along its
way, some tributary streams that are in fact, rivers flow
into Otter Creek. Fly fishing Otter Creek varies greatly
depending on the exact location you are fishing.

The upper section of Otter Creek is brook trout water.
Several streams flowing from the Green Mountains as
well as the Taconic Mountain ranges form Otter Creek.
Most of the streams are spring fed.

All in all, Otter Creek and its tributaries have excellent
stream-bred trout reproduction but it is supplemented by
stocking by the state of Vermont Fish and Wildlife

Some parts of the river are rather remote and some very
accessible. The stream flows northerly along State
Route #7 in Dorset and Wallingford. There are several
access points along the way that provides trails to Otter

Several of Otter Creek's tributaries offer fine trout
fishing. The New Haven River, Middlebury River,
Neshobe River and Furnace Brook are four of them.
These streams hold brook, rainbow and brown trout.
Wild brown trout are common.

Lower Otter Creek offers a very diverse fishery. There
are warm water tributaries and cold water tributaries with
mixed species of fish. It is fairly large in its lower section.
The dams and cold water tributaries offers the trout
fishing opportunities. The lower section is open to
fishing year-round.
The season follows the standard Vermont trout season -
see season on the left in areas and is open year-round
in the lower (northern) areas.
There are many hatches that occur in the Spring,
depending on the exact location, but high water can
sometimes be a problem.
Summertime is a good time for fishing where in the cold
water tributaries and upper section of the river.
Early Fall is a great time for fly fishing Otter Creek.
The lower section below dams and the confluence of
spring water tributaries offers some fine opportunities for
trout during the Winter.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwaters

Brown Trout (wild and stocked with
Brook Trout (native, wild and stocked
with holdovers)
Rainbow (wild and stocked with

Small to Large

Southwestern Vermont

Nearest Towns
Mt. Tabor

Mid April - October


Non-Resident License
State of Vermont

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