Bob Shannon knows a bit about fishing.
The longtime owner of the Fly Rod Shop in Stowe, Shannon is sharing his expertise and knowledge about fishing for trout in the Green Mountain State in a new book. He recently teamed up with well-known fishing writer Peter Shea for “Vermont Trout Streams: A Fly Angler’s Guide to the Best.”
Shea and Shannon wrote the 142-page guide based on their own experiences and with the help of several other anglers, experts and staff at the state Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Broken down by different watershed areas, the book lays out just where someone looking to land a Vermont trout should cast. It includes 20 hand-drawn maps, state stocking patterns, fly-fishing patterns, where public access to different streams and rivers is available and local intel from professional guides and people who know the fishing in each region intimately.
Along with owning the Fly Rod Shop, Shannon has been a professional fly-fishing guide for over 30 years. He’s traveled all over the United States and the world practicing that craft, and teaches fly fishing as an adjunct professor at Northern Vermont University. A member of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife board for 11 years, he also contributed to “Fifty Best Places: Fly Fishing the Northeast” and has been a speaker and guest at events and on the radio and television all over the country.
Shea, Shannon’s co-author, has been fishing in Vermont since he was a kid and has written eight other books on trout fishing in Vermont.
The book is available now at the Fly Rod Shop on Route 100; book signings and additional distribution will happen later in the fall.