2017 Events/Blog

Here is an interesting article, written in Vermont State homes on line site, on Brian Zinger partner at  Stream and Brook Fly Fishing Guide Service.   http://www.vermontstatehomes.com/articles/stream-brook-fly-fishing-keeps-fly-fishing-fresh-and-fun
March is Military Appreciation Month at Stream and Brook Fly Fishing Guide Service. With the safe return of ALL Vermont National Guards and the Green Mountain Boys from their recent overseas mission, Stream and Brook would like to show our appreciation and say thanks to all service personnel. During the month of March, we are offering $25 off per person to all the men and women who are active or veterans of the United States Military and their families when they book a trip for the 2017 fishing season. Give us a call or email Brian Zinger Phone: 802-989-0398 Email: brian.zinger@gmail.com or Brian Cadoret Phone: 802-989-3510 Email: brian.cadoret@gmail.com.
Let us help plan a fun and relaxing day of fishing, in some of the most beautiful places that you help protect. streamandbrook.com #america
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2017 Make The Cut Home brew competition
The 2017 Make The Cut Home brew competition is down to 2 finalists. My friend and owner of Earthlogic (where I have my office) is one of them. His entry – a New England IPA called “Disco Montage” came in the top 2. The champion is picked by the public. 12 locations across the state are serving the top 2 entries in pairs along with a voting ballot.  There is no restriction on the number of times or locations at which you vote, so I encourage you to vote at as many locations and as many times as you can.
Voting starts on Friday March, 31 at 3pm at the following locations:
– 14th Star Brewing Co. – 133 N Main St #7, St Albans City, VT 05478
– Beverage Warehouse – 1 East St, Winooski, VT 05404
– The Farmhouse Tap & Grill – Burlington Town Center, 160 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401
– Mule Bar – 38 Main St, Winooski, VT 05404
– Three Penny Taproom – 108 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
– Prohibition Pig – 23 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676
– The Bench – 492 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
– The Reservoir – 1 S Main St, Waterbury, VT 05676
– Doc Ponds – 294 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
– The Worthy Kitchen – 442 Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
– The Worthy Burger – 56 Rainbow St, South Royalton, VT 05068
– Whetstone Station – 36 Bridge St, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Voting will take place for roughly 1 week or until the beer runs out so please try to vote early and vote often ;^)
For more info on the competition you can visit http://www.makethecut.beer/ and the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/makethecutvt/
Disco Montage ( <= Vote for this one… aka my shameless plug ;^)
New England IPA | 6.5% ABV
Brewed by Chris Kesler, Jericho, VT
Chris’s New England IPA is an exciting take on the IPA craze. This hazy, hop-forward, and well-balanced brew is designed to deliver a creamy mouthfeel, awesome aroma, and great juicy flavor.

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Valentine Day is just a few days away!
We’ve seen what a great activity fly fishing is for couples.  Try something new together. We have instructors that make learning fun and easy. We have guides that can take the two of you to some remote places where you can have the water and your surroundings all to yourself.   We have gift certificates to learn how, as well as full and half day guided trips for the 2017 season. Don’t delay, we can email an e-cert last minute.


April 8th – 9th 2017 Otter Creek Classic 9!


For more info on this two day fly fishing tourney stop by the Middlebury Mountaineer. This weekend also includes the Fly Fishing Film Tour!

9th Annual Otter Creek Classic


                                           February CVTU Chapter Meeting

TU Talk with KevinFebruary 7th,  7pm at the Holiday Inn, South Burlington Vt

We will having our annual fly tying and “how to fish it” night. This has turned out to be a highly attended event and a lot of fun. Brian Cadoret will talk about the flies and how to fish them, while local fly tying fanatic, Kevin Ramirez,  whips up the patterns for the crowd. A great way to sharpen your tying skills AND angling technique!!

We will have 50/50 raffles and buckets raffles for fishing gear.  Coffee and cookies will be available as well.
Bring your kids or a friend. Meeting is open the the public. Door open at 6:30pm. Holiday Inn on Williston Road, South Burlington Vt. Look for the CVTU sign in the lobby.


Looking forward to February 7th at 7:00pm with Kevin Ramirez! Stop by the Central VT @troutunlimited chapter meeting and say hi. It’s free and open to the public.


  • January 2017
    Happy New Year.  The new year ushers in another great deal from Stream and Brook Fly Fishing.  Don’t worry if Santa didn’t get you that gift certificate for a casting lesson or a 1/2 day guide for the 2017 season. We’ll be your Santa. During the month of January , if you book a trip for any one of our services for the up coming season, you can take      $25 off per person.  A half day guided trout fishing trip for 2 would be $250. That’s a throw back price of 20 years. So gather up your Christmas money and tell your friends to get in on this deal. Last day to get in on this deal will be January 31st.

    2016 events

  • Recently we have sent out several e-cert for Christmas gifts. One , for novice level casting lessons. A wife bought her husband a two day fly fishing school that they will both be attending, and a few 1/2 day guided trips. It’s easy to get a Stream and brook gift certificate. For $100 now you can give a loved one something to look forward to doing in the spring. We’ll send you an the e-cert that you can put any text you wish, print it out , put a bow on it, slip it into a stocking and your done. Over the years, the people who have cashed in on the gift certificate they received, mention that it was best gift they received or most thoughtful.
  • LC SMBThe Ditch Pickle Classic is scheduled for June 25 – 26th. Registration is underway. click on the link of details. http://www.dpcvt.com/
  • The 8th annual Otter Creek Classic will get underway again this year on opening day April 9th, 2016 click the link for details. http://mmvt.com/fishing/otter-creek-classic
  • Brian Zinger will be meeting with the Castaway Fly Tying Club on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at his new office in  the Earthlogic Building 56 Main St. Essex Jct. VT.  Start time is 7pm.  Stop by and say hi or bring your vise and join in.  Plenty of seats, but lighting is limited.  For more details, give me a call at 989-0398.
  • The Green Mountain Troutfitter are planning a tree planting on Saturday May 14th 2016. They’ll have 150 trees ordered to plant along the banks of the Lamoille river in the 10 bends area. Interested individuals should contact the troutfitters at gmtvermont@gmail.com.  Hope to see you there.




2015 Events

7th-annual-otter-creek-classic weekend!


Lucky number 7.

The Middlebury Mountaineer is proud to present the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic Opening Day Fly Fishing Tournament (OCC7). This catch and release, “paper tournament” was the first of its kind in the state of Vermont for fly anglers. All profits from this event are donated to the New Haven River Anglers Association (NHRAA). In the last six years the Otter Creek Classic has almost raised $12,000 for the NHRAA. The entry for the 2015 OCC is $50. This will include two days of competition and the first 70 sign ups will receive an custom OCC Simms fishing Trucker Hat, custom OCC Simms Thirsty Trout Bottle Opener, Custom OCC Pint Glass, and food and beverage at the post event BBQ on Sunday the 12th. The purpose of this event is to continue the support of the NHRAA and advocacy of our local watersheds. Combined with funds raised from the Fly Fishing Film Tour(FFFT) here are several projects the money raised from OCC entries has gone to over the years:
-Eagle Park UPF (Handicap Fishing Access Ramp) on New Haven River
-Muddy Branch Project, Riparian Buffer Enhancement
-Middlebury River Project
-Saunders Project, (Summer of 2013-14) Large River Improvement on Bristol Flats region of NHR
-Educational Scholarships, for those seeking the field of Conservation
-Special Guest Speakers
-Women in Waders, Free Fly Tying Clinics and Youth Days, and many other free to the public instructional programs
-River Clean Ups.
Your registration automatically enters you into the group raffle where a majority of the prizes are distributed to ANY and ALL who participate. This is about the funnest way to make a donation to the New Haven River Anglers.

-The 2012 FFFT and OCC4 was featured on VT public television’s Outdoor Journal, for a look at the event here is the link:
http://www.vpt.org/show/11244/1006 (link is external)

Please read the rules and guidelines below regarding this event before you register.

-Fishing will take place on Saturday April 11th, 2015 from sunrise to 5pm, and again on Sunday, April 12th, 2015 from sunrise to 12pm. This will be followed by the awards ceremony and BBQ on Sunday at 1pm. Competitors are NOT required to fish both days if they do not desire, and may attend the BBQ & Awards on Sunday. However the point totals will reflect both days of fishing for scoring.

-The entry fee for the OCC7 is $50. If you also wish to view the Fly Fishing Film Tour(FFFT), on Friday, April 10th, 7:30pm the night before the OCC7, tickets are an additional $15. Tickets for the FFFT are available online for $17 at thef3t.com. The total for both events will be $65. Tickets for the FFFT are limited. We have SOLD OUT every year, all 225 seats. Don’t get left outside. As in years past we will be holding a product showcase on premises with many of our fishing dealers prior to the FFFT.

-OCC7 Youth Division – We will again be hosting a youth bracket for anybody who is 15 and under. The rules are the same for all anglers but the youth entry fee will be $35.

-You may register for the OCC7 in person at the shop. Payment must be by cash or check, made out to the Middlebury Mountaineer. Potential competitors may call the shop to register and mail in a check to the address below if needed. Payment must be received by Friday, April 10th 2015, and you are required to call first. No refunds on entry fees. Competitors are also required to sign the liability wavier upon registering before they are allowed to participate.

Middlebury Mountaineer
2 Park Street
Middlebury VT 05753
(802) 388-7245

-If you are traveling to the events, Inn on the Green, in downtown Middlebury is offering a deal for competitors looking for lodging. This is a great place to stay. It is directly across the street from the Town Hall Theater and 2 blocks from the Middlebury Mountaineer. You are walking distance from several restaurants, bars and other Middlebury activities. You are a short drive to all of the waters that the OCC7 are held on. Rooms are limited. You must call the Inn on the Green at (802) 388-7512 to make your reservation and mention the “Otter Creek Classic Fly Fishing Event” for the discounted price. For more information on the accommodations please go to
http://innonthegreen.com/ (link is external)

-Registration opens on Friday, February 6th, 2015. Given the popularity of the event in the recent years we will cap the total amount of competitors this year. So register as soon as you know you can. To register you must stop in the shop or call after February 6th, 2015.

-All competitors must have a valid Vermont 2015 fishing license. This must be presented when you register or a copy mailed in with your payment or you will not be allowed to compete.

-All anglers in Vermont are required to use NON-FELT soled boots. All competitors must conform to this Law or they will not be allowed to compete.

-Competitors must have a cell phone camera or digital camera, with date and time, to document their catches and show the scoring judge when they check in.

-The tournament will be divided into three brackets. One bracket will be for Guides, Industry Workers and Professional Anglers. Another bracket will be for Amateurs. The third will be the youth division. If you have guided professionally or worked in the fly fishing industry in the last 5 years from the date of the event, you will be required to register in the Guide/Pro bracket. Guide/Pro anglers who wrongfully register themselves in the Amateur bracket will be disqualified with no refund. Amateurs may choose to register themselves in the Pro/Guide Bracket.

-Contest marshals will be on many stretches of the rivers. Any competitor observed to be cheating, mishandling fish, using felt soled boots or behaving in a disrespectful manor towards other anglers will be disqualified.

-This is a fly fishing, catch and release tournament. You may fish up to three flies on your line, which is the maximum allowed by Vermont Fish and Wildlife laws. Each fly can only have ONE hook. If you have a fly with two hooks then that is considered two flies according to OCC rules. Other regulations must conform to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s laws. (see 2015 VT F&W guide)

-Competitors are asked to use invasive species preventative measures when switching watersheds. Information regarding preventative techniques will be supplied to anglers at the pre-event meeting.

-Competitors can begin fishing for the event at first light, but no earlier the 5:00am on 4/11/15 and 4/12/15.

-Competitors MUST use a net to avoid stress or mishandling of fish.

-No scenting or baiting flies is allowed.

-Fish that are false hooked will not be counted on your point total. Killing a fish will disqualify you from the event.

-This is a walk and wade event. NO fishing from, or using boats, canoes, or any other watercraft to access areas will be allowed.

-The boundaries and bodies of water allowed for this event are the New Haven River, the Middlebury River, the Neshobe River, Furnace Brook and Otter Creek. The boundary on Otter Creek will be from the top of Center Rutland Falls to 1000 yards below Vergennes Falls. Some additional location restrictions may be added to the Guide/Pro division.

-”7 inch rule”, The 7 inch rule means that any trout caught under 7 inches is to be returned to the water immediately and will not be counted on your point total.

-The targeted species are TROUT. They are the ONLY fish that will be counted on your score. Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Brook Trout will be the only species allowed to be counted on your point total.

-The contest will be judged in total inches. The total sum of all legal fish caught will be your final score. An inch will be divided into quarters and rounded up in between. (EXAMPLE; a fish that is 11 3/8 will be scored as 11.5 points)

-Competitors will be issued a scorecard on Friday night for Saturday fishing, and a second scorecard on Saturday for fishing on Sunday.

-All competitors must have their scorecard back to the Middlebury Mountaineer by 5 pm, Saturday, 4/11/2015 and 12pm on Sunday, 4/13/15.

-Competitors will be required to attend a pre-event meeting at the Middlebury Mountaineer on April 10th, 2015 at 5:00 pm. You will receive all the necessary information regarding rules, post competition events, and your scorecard. Middlebury Mountaineer will be offering a 10% discount off of fly fishing products for competitors and 20% off of flies, if you need to purchase anything please come a bit earlier so we can begin the meeting at 5:00pm sharp. After the meeting, Middlebury Mountaineer is hosting the Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury at 7:30pm, Doors at 6:00pm. Come early and enjoy some of the product demos going on. Tickets are available at the Middlebury Mountaineer for $15 (cash or check), all profits from this event will also be donated to the New Haven River Anglers Association. We hope that you will join us at this event as well

-This event WILL be held rain or shine. Low water or high. Snowing or 70 degrees. Prepare for a variety of conditions. Dress appropriately. You will be traveling around in your vehicle so it doesn’t hurt to have an extra layer, some food and few rod selections.

-Again, this is a catch and release tournament. It is based on your honesty to score your card and to abide by the rules set by the tournament administrator. Cheating will not be tolerated! You will be disqualified and not allowed to return for future competitions.

This event is to promote commerce in the sport. We hope to bring awareness and support of the New Haven River Anglers, to continue their mission of conservation and education. Most importantly, it is to have fun at the start of another season. We have some great sponsors and will be giving out prizes for the winning anglers. A post event Award Ceremony and BBQ will be taking place locally. The location will be announced when competitors check in after tournament on Sunday. A raffle will take place at the post event party to give ALL anglers who participated in the event a chance to walk away with some gear. We hope you will be able join us for this event. Bring a friend or family member. It’s all for a good cause.

If you have questions, comments, or concerns call Jesse at
(802)388-7245 or email jesse@mmvt.com (link sends e-mail)

Thank You and Good Luck,

Jesse Haller
Tournament Administrator


April 11, 2015
April 12, 2015
Middlebury Mounatinee



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