Battenkill

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

Think 'low and slow' for early season nymphing. Dead drift your flies with plenty of weight and an indicator to detect subtle strikes. Work your run thoroughly as lethargic fish won't usually move far to eat your fly. At the end of your drift mend your line so the fly swings slowly and stays as deep as possible. Fish two flies with a dropper rig to increase your chances of tempting a trout to eat.

Streamers offer a bigger meal and get may early season fish moving a bit more. Don't strip too fast but a hungry trout might dash a short distance to intercept a moving fly. Work around structure, drop offs, or any transition areas that offer a good ambush point. Streamers with lots of motion from soft materials alike marabou, bunny strips and synthetics are often your best choice in cold water.

Seven-day forecast 

Water is pretty high with snowmelt. Look to tribs or way upstream for any fishable water.

Conditions 
Must Have Flies 
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph Tan/Olive/Black #12-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail Brown #14-20 Buy from Orvis.com
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Orvis CJ Nymph Copper/Red/Chart/Black #12-18 Buy from Orvis.com
Conehead Bunny Muddler Olive / White #4-8 Buy from Orvis.com
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