Was in Vermont for my dear friend Mark Emerson’s wedding to Jessie St. Peter a couple weeks ago at the Grafton Inn.. Though we came in on a wet and soggy day, the weekend quickly became sunny and bright. It was a beautiful, simple ceremony among a small group of family and friends in a field below a bower of wildflowers and next to a tiny trout stream, the Saxton. Grafton Vermont is absolutely beautiful little village and if you’re passing through I recommend stopping for lunch.
We also passed through Manchester where we made the obligatory stop at the Orvis outlet store. I scored sunglasses but couldn’t get the reel I wanted because the usual salesmen was on break. The bright spot in Manchester was discovering the Smokin’ Trout off the beaten path. This eclectic gift shop was a fly fisherman’s dream. The owner Buzz is a fantastic tall tale teller and will regale you with quite a few fishing yarns while you shop. A dusty outpost whose main fare is cigars, the rooms are full of bric-a-brac and antique fishing and fly gear, first edition and rare books on the art of the angle, pictures, rods, you name it. I spent a half hour mulling about and wound up leaving with a copy of Nick Lyon’s the Seasonable Angler and a box of 3 dozen hand-tied flies including many hard to find “extended body”mayflies.