Here's a minute of "brook trout heaven" as the hexagenia hatch
on this backwoods pond.
The New Atlas of
Vermont Trout Ponds
"Pick up your copy of the New Atlas of Vermont Trout Ponds this spring and enjoy fishing a hidden Vermont gem."
Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, VDF&W Facebook page
"Shea published the first [Vermont trout] atlas…now comes a 21st century version…GPS-compatible…fishermen and –women can make use of the book’s info on fish populations and stocking data, invasive species… and more"
"The New Atlas of Vermont Trout Ponds offers not only updated information on waterways from Adams Reservoir to Zach Woods Pond but also satellite-based GPS navigation coordinates."
Vermont's Trophy Trout Waters
“Until now, however, there has not been a comprehensive guide to these waters. But that has changed in a big way… Researched and written by Vermont trout bum extraordinaire Peter Shea, the handy, 116-page guide contains a wealth of information that will help anglers find and fish Vermont’s trophy trout waters. A geographer by training and the author of several other Vermont fishing guides, Shea includes detailed directions for each water and GPS coordinates for parking areas along rivers and boat accesses on ponds, along with 46 simple, line drawn maps, 15 depth charts, and more than a dozen black-and-white photographs...”
Lawrence Pyne, Outdoors Writer, Burlington Free Press
Vermont Trout Ponds
"...Vermont Trout Ponds is a delightful romp for anyone who wishes to hear about the special places fly fishermen covet with almost the passion of Captain Ahab, but tempered with the rare gift of someone who is willing to share those places in well-written words, as well as the thrills of his victories and the agonies of his defeats, all with a sense of side-splitting humor and a serious appreciation for the wilderness of the Green Mountain State.“
Philip R. Jordan, Editor, Vermont Magazine
“Shea literally put Vermont still-water fisheries on the map more than thirty years ago with the publication of The Atlas of Vermont Trout Ponds…now [he] is back with a more intimate and in depth companion book…Vermont Trout Ponds... It’s a fun, easy read that melds useful information with fishy tales that will make you want to strap a canoe to your car or lace up your hiking boots and go see each of the ponds covered for yourself… [the book] reflects his more than four decades spent exploring and fishing Vermont with an almost single-minded focus on small, hidden waters…”
Lawrence Pyne, Outdoors Writer, Burlington Free Press.
Long Trail Trout
"Fish stories are a dime a dozen. What I loved about Long Trail Trout are the unpredictable adventures experienced during each fishing excursion. The descriptive way that each story was told made me feel like I was part of the adventure myself. The only thing missing is the smell of fish. Makes me want to hit the trail with my fly rod and a box of flies to create my own Long Trail adventure. A funny and awesome read to inspire any angler who wants to get off the beaten path to chase trout and create their own Long Trail adventures."
Neil Hilt, Vermont PBS, Producer/Director of Outdoor Journal
"This is a masterful work crafted by a man who truly knows the world of trout fishing and shouldn't be missed by anyone who's chased those elusive beasts and dreamed of hiking to the mountain ponds of the Northwest or those secret spots in Vermont. Shea's puckish sense of humor adds just the right flavor... I'd love to accompany him on one of his treks, but reading about them will suffice as next-best.. As fine a collection of fish-tales as you'd want."
DeptuyM, Angler, Amazon
"…Some of the most exciting backcountry fly-fishing trips one can take. This collection of essays, both informative and entertaining, is a perfect complement to guides for any of the regions covered, and essential reading for anyone planning a fly-fishing trip off the grid."
"A good read for backpackers and fly fishers… Long Trail Trout, by Peter Shea. He's a Vermont guy and this is the most recent of several books he's written. This one has short pieces on trips to Montana, Wyoming, far northern Labrador, Yellowstone backcountry and yes, Vermont. His tales are well told and will draw you right in. Plus, he's pretty funny and touches on a number of camp subjects that never seem to get written about. I'll leave it at that. Go buy this book."
Vtflyfish on the ADK Forum
"Thank you Peter, for providing me with a couple of weeks of bedtime reading, with episodes that launched some of the best nights' sleep that I've had in years!"
Col Jack Price…VT Angler Emeritus
A wild brook trout in fall colors