Fishing For Flies and Rods in Manchester, Vermont
Kermit the Frog once said, “time’s fun when you’re having flies.” There’s no better place in the world to catch flies—of the hand-tied fishing variety, that is—than at the massive Orvis Company Store. The Orvis company opened its doors in Manchester in 1867, just a few hundred yards up the road from their current flagship location, and they’ve been supplying the world with handmade bamboo fly-fishing rods, reels, lures, and all manner of outdoor activity equipment ever since. The store itself feels like an extension of the natural world it serves—expansive, bright, and laden with the faint scent of the outdoors. Here you’ll find something for every naturalist—binoculars for bird-watching, rifles and shotguns for bird hunting. Plaids, greens, browns, and natural wood are everywhere, and the place is authentic—you might find yourself chatting with a fellow customer, who turns out to be a fly-fishing legend that's immortalized on the store’s walls. There’s even an indoor/outdoor fish pond for ambiance, and an outbuilding houses Orvis’ fly-fishing school and rod repair shop.