Written by: Katie Cone
On my recent trip home to Arlington, Vermont, for Memorial Day weekend, I set my sights on fishing Otter Creek. After visiting the Orvis store in Manchester to get the fishing report, I headed out for a relaxing day on the river. There were already a few people milling about, so I decided to walk in farther, toward a spot that had been promising two years ago when I had visited Otter Creek as a fly-fishing beginner. With the mountains surrounding me and the ferns growing clear above my head, I began to remember how special fishing in southern Vermont is. It seemed so peaceful compared to the hustle and bustle of the Washington, DC, life I have grown accustomed to this past year.
I eventually found a spot that looked like it had potential and got my fly wet. After many casts, my fly managed to find the mouth of a hungry rainbow trout, and before I knew it I began to hear the sweet melody of line peeling out of my reel. As the fish started to tire, I was able to regain some of my line and get a better view of the trout I had connected with. Once it was in the net, I admired not only the size of my fish, but also the sheer beauty of this colorful rainbow trout. After taking a few photos, I released the fish and gave it the name “Jeff” in loving memory of a dear friend of mine.
Katie Cone is the daughter of Orvis Human Resources Manager Michelle Cone, who works with us at company HQ.