Guided Tours & Trips
Made in Vermont Tour
Join us on a journey to some of Vermont’s outstanding producers. We will begin the day with a visit to Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea Co., to tour the roasting facility where their fine boutique coffee is crafted. Other stops along the way include Cabot Annex, Danforth Pewter and Champlain Chocolates. And then we wind our way to Emily’s Bridge: a haunting tale of love and tragedy. From there we drive through the scenic Stowe Hollow before arriving in the village of Stowe. While in the village we experience how gourmet sweets are made at Laughing Moon Chocolates, followed by a leisurely stroll around town on your own. Of course, we can’t end without stopping by Idletyme Brewery to tour the brewery and sample a flight of their offerings.
Duration: 5 Hours
Departure Times: 9:00am
Dates: Tuesday’s April – Columbus Day
4-10 People: 4 Person Minimum
50% of trip cost
Craft Beer & Spirits Tour
Vermont Craft Beer is considered to be some of the best in the world! With this tour you have the opportunity to visit some of these premier breweries, as well as distilleries. Fortunately for us the Lamoille Valley is home to a number of fantastic brewing artisans. The itinerary can include Hill Farmstead–site of the holy beer geek pilgrimage, as well as Rock Art, Lost Nation, Idletyme, the Alchemist. For those who prefer spirits, stops may include Smuggler’s Notch Distillers and Green Mountain Distillery. Must be 21 years of age and older.
Duration: 5 Hours
Departure Time: 9:00am
Dates: Thursday’s June – Columbus Day
4-10 People: 4 Person Minimum
50% of trip cost
Stowe Fly Fishing School
Join The Fly Rod Shop for an inclusive fly fishing school nestled in the heart of the green mountains in Stowe, Vermont. Within ten miles of the shop in Stowe, there are tons of rivers which provide excellent fishing for Brook, Brown and Rainbow trout. In this private fly fishing school you will spend time with one of our professional guides and go through it all! Starting with casting instruction and fly tying at our shop all the way to fishing on the river our guide will be with you every step of the experience. Choose from either a 2 day (1 Night) or a 3 day (2-Night) Trip.
Duration: 2 day or 3 day
1 Person – 2 day
1 Person – 3 Day
Family Gone Fishing
If you are looking for a fun fishing excursion for the whole family then you will love our Family Gone Fishing Program. On this 3.5 hour group fishing adventure our experienced guides will take you to our “Secret Fishin’ Hole” using The Fly Rod Shop transport van. 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!
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Departure Times: Tuesday, Wednesday & Fridays – 9:30am-1pm & 2:30pm-6pm, Thursdays – 2:30-6:00pm, Saturdays – 1pm-5pm
Dates: June 5th-Labor Day
Fly Fishing Instructional and Guided Tours
Our most popular program here at The Fly Rod Shop is our instructional fly fishing tours. This program will start off here 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!
Duration: 4 Hours (Half Day) or 8 Hours (Full Day)
Departure Times: Time Here
Dates: Dates Here
1 Person – $200.00
2 Person – $340.00
3 Person – $390.00
4 Person – $440.00**
Salmon & Steelhead Trips – Pulaski, NY
Drift boat fishing trips for trophy salmon, steelhead and brown trout in Pulaski, New York.
If targeting world class Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout sounds appealing to you, then sign up for our fall and spring drift boat trips in Pulaski, New York on the Salmon River. Since the fishery began about 40 years ago, many state and world record fish have been pulled out of the Salmon River, and our guides Bob and Josh have over 20 years of experience of guiding in New York to show you exactly where to find the big fish!
Dates: 10/20/18-11/15/18 and 4/1/19-4/30/19
Pike Drift Boat Trips
There aren’t many places you can float a drift boat down a moving river and find big toothy pike in abundance. You can with us, join us for a full day float trip on one of Vermont’s best kept secrets. Quite frequently we will boat pike over 30″ and often we’ll see 40 plus inch fish chase our flies in. The big ones don’t always commit though! Expect to fish big flies on 8-10wts with sinking lines. Lost of casting at the bank then stripping hard back to the boat. Good casting and double hauls are extremely helpful when fishing like this. Primetime is the month of May and first part of June when water temps are low and water levels are a bit higher. Depending on conditions trips in July and August can be good as well.
Duration: Full Day
Dates: May – August
$450 for up to two people
50% of the cost of trip
Vermont Drift Boat Trips
Join us on a scenic drift boat trip down Vermont’s Lamoille, Winooski or one of our other secret drift boat locations. During your float experience you can expect to target rainbow trout, brown trout, and an occasional brook trout on most of these river adventures. Our adventures are for the fly fisher, but these trips also can accommodate those interested in a great spin fishing experience.
Duration: Half Day (4 hours) and Full Day (8 hours)
Dates: May – October
$375 for 2 people max
$450 for 2 people max.
50% of the cost of trip
Our latest new addition to our guiding fleet is our AlumaCraft Trophy 205 fishing machine! Our fully equipped fishing vessel is ideal for fly fishing, spin casting, or trolling away your morning, afternoon , or evening
Our guides will take you to one of Vermont’s pristine lakes within 45 minutes or less of the Fly Rod Shop. Our boat is captained by Joshua Adams and Bob Shannon Fly Rod Shop guides with a combined forty years of professional guiding experience to give you the best opportunity to tug on some of Vermont’s most enjoyed sport fish. Target species for these adventures include lake trout, salmon, small mouth bass, large mouth bass, pickerel, pike, or even a variety of pan fish for the young anglers in your fishing party.
Duration: 4 hours
Dates: May – October Daily
FREE Casting Clinics
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Days: Wednesdays – 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Saturdays – 9:00am – 10:30am
Dates: May – September
FREE-Please Call Ahead to Sign Up
2 Hour Private Casting Clinics
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 (2) 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. It can be booked in addition to our Free Casting Clinic or a separate, in-depth class
Each Additional Person
Junior Fishing and Survival Programs
One of the programs offered at The Fly Rod Shop for young anglers is the Junior Fishing Program. Parents, if your child enjoys fishing but it just isn’t your thing, or you are tired of doing all the work for them, by the end of this class the students will have the knowledge needed to fish for themselves! This 3 hour class includes time both in the classroom, and outside on The Fly Rod Shop pond. Inside, kids will learn the basics about spin fishing. Time will be spent going over must-know information such as fish identification, parts of the rod and hook, lures & bait, and how to stay safe while fishing. Also, kids will learn how to tie the fisherman’s knot (line to hook), the surgeons knot (line to line), how to put on a bobber, and how to bait their hook.
Time: 9am – 12pm (Fishing) 1pm – 4pm (Survival)
Days: Junior Fishing-Monday, Junior Survival-Monday
Dates: June 20th– August 29th
Fall Foliage Scenic Boat Charters
If you’re looking for a unique fall foliage experience, this is the trip for you. One of our guides will motor you along the beautiful, serene Waterbury Reservoir. The Fall Foliage Scenic Boat charters have a lot to offer. The Waterbury Reservoir is settled between two mountain ranges offering extraordinary fall foliage views. The Waterbury Reservoir is 860 acres . It is approximately 5 miles long, providing plenty of beautiful shoreline. Along one shoreline is part of the Mount Mansfield State Forest that covers 12,912 acres of forest. The Waterbury Reservoir was one of four dams that were created in the 1930’s for flood control following the flood of 1928. Construction began in April of 1935 and the dam was complete in October 1938. The dam is an earth fill dam, meaning it is made of stone. Before any additions were made to the dam, it was the largest dam in the country in which all of the stones were placed by a human instead of excavators.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Times: 11:00-12:00, 1:00-2:00, 3:00-4:00
Dates: Sept. 17, 2018 – Oct. 19, 2018 Daily
Ice Fishing Tours
We can’t make it through the winter without fishing, so why not join us for a great winter experience? Try your luck with tip-ups and jigging for fish on some of Vermont’s most scenic lakes with our guided instructional ice fishing tours. Throughout the winter we target many different species of fish in many different bodies of water. These species include Northern Pike, Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout. We will also pursue many other types of fish, including Brown and Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch and many more.
Duration: 4 hours