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Fly Fishing

Fly-fishing in The Deerfield Valley is epic! Fishing from late April through end of November can be plentiful to participants of all ages & skill levels. The Wilmington Inn is proud to be the premier fly- fishing lodge in Southern Vermont!

Fly-fishing spots are within walking distance of the inn on The Upper Deerfield River. The river system is called "The Upper Deerfield," and is supplied a constant flow of water from three local bottom release dams. The three dams, Harriman, Somerset & Searsburg are operated by Great River Hydro. This man- made hydro-electric water system operates from its 400-square-mile Vermont drainage basin in four river branches: the main Deerfield, and the East, North, and West branches. The improved water management on these upper sections since 1998 has provided the Deerfield with constant flows and has some of the best fly fishing for wild trout in the state.

More importantly- how's the fishing? VT Wildlife does a great job to ensure the local fisheries are stocked well. So far in 2018, VT Wildlife has put 1300 Lake Trout in Harriman Reservoir and 750 Rainbow Trout into the Upper Deerfield River. Check out their stocking update here:

The Wilmington Inn is proud to partner with Brian Lynch from Pheasant Tail Tours. Brian Lynch has been fishing the waters of New England for over 20 years. He is sponsored by Thomas & Thomas Fly Rods as well as Fulling Mill Flies.

Want to go fishing with Brian? He offers the following trips that can be added to your reservations:

Half day float trip- $300

  • Float can accommodate 2 people- additional boats can be arranged
  • Full day trips available as well

Half day wading trip- $200

  • Wading trip with Brian- price is for 1 person
  • Can accommodate up to 4 people- $75 for each additional person

On all trips, equipment is provided by Pheasant Tail Tours except waders. We do partner with a local flyshop to rent waders.

Summer at the Wilmington Inn

covid information & best practices

At the inn, we are taking multiple steps to ensure the safety & health of our guests.  

Per The State of VT, visitors must wear masks at all, at the inn we ask that if you can’t maintain 6’ with guests to wear a mask.  Also when traveling through public areas, we request you wear a mask at all time. 

For guests who have breakfast included with your reservation, we sign guests up for breakfast to ensure tables are spaced out correctly.  We sit three tables during each time slot & 30 minutes is allocated per time slot. 

Housekeeping service is not available during your stay, if you need anything feel free to ask!

Public areas are open throughout the inn with the space designed on social distancing. 

Sanitizing wipes, disposable masks, and hand sanitizer are available throughout the Inn.





guest room at the Wilmington B&B in Wilmington, VT

Each room is designed with your comfort and modern needs in mind; each room comes complete with complimentary Wi-Fi, personal control of room temperature, television, hair dryer & spacious personal bathroom. Several rooms feature a gas fireplace and/or whirlpool tub. Additionally, some rooms can accommodate extra guests, please call the Inn directly to request an extra rollaway in the guest room.


Activities near Wilmington Inn in VT

Our picturesque village, surrounded by beautiful rural mountainous countryside, is a shopper’s paradise offering a variety of unique and special merchandise. All four seasons are special here and many who come to visit end up staying for the natural beauty and rural way of life. Whether you are passing through for foliage, going to the neighboring ski resorts, spending time in the downtown shopping, or looking to stay for an extended period, we hope you enjoy Wilmington!

The Wilmington Inn
41 West Main Street
Wilmington, VT 05363
1(802) 464-3768

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