This week, the Kelley Stand Road, which runs over the Green mountains from Arlington to Stratton, Vermont, opened for the first time since being destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011. This is significant because the road runs alongside the Roaring Branch of the Battenkill, which had to be returned to its streambed in many places. My friend Josh and I headed up the new road yesterday to see how the trout had fared. What we found was heartening.
Using standard mountain-stream patterns—Stimulator, Royal Wulff, and Elk-Hair Caddis—we caught fish pretty much everywhere we thought they’d be. Most were small, but there were a couple fatties like the one at the top of this post. Huge kudos go to the USFW, the Battenkill Watershed Alliance (which received $10,000 from Orvis for the project), and the contractors who actually did the work.