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Fishing Adventures at Smugglers' Notch Resort

Enjoy the day relaxing by the shoreline catching fish!

June 9 - September 3, 2023

Gone Fishing

Tuesday - Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
All ages
If you are looking for a fun SPIN fishing excursion for the whole family then you will love our Family Gone Fishing Program.

On this 3 hour fishing adventure our experienced guides will take you to our “Secret Fishin’ Hole.” Once we are at the secret spot it is a small walk along the river to get to our fishing location. On the walk out there is a good chance of seeing White-tailed Deer, Moose, and even the local Bald Eagle!

Before the fishing begins the guide will spend time going over the basics of spin fishing such as parts of the hook and rod, the equipment and bait being used, and how to stay safe while fishing. Then each person will be given their own rod provided by The Fly Rod Shop and everyone will spread out along the riverbank and start fishing! The fish that could be caught include: Small-mouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseeds, Brown Bullhead, and Rainbow Trout. Our guides will be there with you every step of the way to teach you what exactly needs to be done in order to catch fish.

$60 per person. Space is limited; advance registration required. A Vermont fishing license is required for ages 15 & older, and may be purchased separately at The Fly Rod Shop or online prior to trip. Children must be accompanied by a a paying adult. This is NOT a fly fishing program.

Private Casting Clinic
By reservation
For those of you that may want to go to the next level, but are still not comfortable with heading for the river on your own, The Fly Rod Shop provides the opportunity for a two-hour private lesson here on our pond. This lesson will be tailor made to your needs and is taught by one of our experienced guides. The class will start off inside the shop where you will learn about the different equipment, the flies, and the basic anatomy of a stream. Before long we will step outside onto The Fly Rod Shop pond and learn both the false cast and the roll cast. As you are learning the needed techniques our experienced staff will be walking around the pond to help you learn to make the perfect cast. The class will also cover things such as shooting line, and how to still make great casts in tight spaces and even when there is wind. All gear is provided by The Fly Rod Shop or you are welcome to bring your own if you have it.

$129 for the first person, $49 for each additional person. Space is limited; advance registration required, so call 802-253-7346 now to reserve your spot!

Free Casting Clinic
Wednesday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Are you thinking about picking up fly fishing, or has it just been a few years since your last cast? Either way, the FREE casting clinics offered here at The Fly Rod Shop will prepare you to get out on the river this fishing season. The class will start off inside the shop where you will learn about the different equipment, the flies, and the basic anatomy of a stream. Before long we will step outside onto The Fly Rod Shop pond and learn both the false cast and the roll cast. As you are learning the needed techniques our experienced staff will be walking around the pond to help you learn to make the perfect cast.

The class will also cover things such as shooting line, and how to still make great casts in tight spaces and even when there is wind. All gear is provided by The Fly Rod Shop or you are welcome to bring your own if you have it.

The pond only fits about 8 people so call 802-253-7346 now to reserve your spot! Minimum age is 12. This activity happens at The Fly Rod Shop in Stowe. Guests must provide their own transportation.
Fly Fishing Instructional and Guided Tours
Ages 8 & older
By reservation
Our most popular program here at The Fly Rod Shop is our instructional fly fishing tours. This program will start off at the shop where you will be fitted for boots and waders if you don’t already have them, and beginners will have a short casting lesson on our trout pond to learn both the roll cast and false cast. One of our experienced guides will then take you to one of our many fishing spots where you will learn the techniques as you fish! Your guide will show you how and where to make the perfect cast, how to mend the line, how to get a great drift, and most importantly, where to find the fish! You will also be shown the different types of aquatic insects that can be found in the river and how to choose a fly that best matches what the fish want to eat. Depending on the fishing location you could possibly catch Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Brown Trout, and Small-mouth Bass. All of the gear will be provided by The Fly Rod Shop unless you wish to bring your own. These trips are available in both half days (4 hours) and full days (8 hours). Whether you are just learning how to fly fish or you are simply looking for a local to show you some great spots, sign up for an instructional trip today!

A Vermont fishing license is required for ages 15 & older, and may be purchased separately at The Fly Rod Shop or online prior to trip. Ages 8 & older. Half day prices - $275 for 1 Person, $380 for 2, $450 for 3, and $520 for 4. Full-day prices - $390 for 1 Person, $475 for 2, $575 for 3, and $640 for 4. Larger groups can be accommodated. Advanced registration required, limited space available. Tours can be booked by calling the Fly Rod Shop at 802-253-7346. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
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