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General Fishing Report September 20, 2019

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General Fishing Report for September 20,2019

Things are pretty similar out there on our trout rivers since the last time we spoke.  River levels are still low, which is pretty typical this time of year.  It makes things just a bit more technical out there.  I have been focusing on the Otter and have found some bugs hatching and trout responding.  The majority of the bugs that I am seeing right now are Isonychia mayflies and what we generally refer to as Blue Winged Olive mayflies. Fishing success seems to be tied a bit to time of day and cloud cover or lack thereof. Last weekend, for me, I had a slower morning with clear skies, but with bugs active as the air temperature warmed and then a better evening on Sunday, with clouds and a bit of rain.  Iso’s and BWO’s were on the menu for Sunday, but with only a few splashy rises, all my action was on nymphs.  Specifically, a BWO emerger, The Bat Wing Emerger, that I was fishing as my dropper on my tighline rig.  I like this fly in sizes 16-20, but the 18, or a short shanked 16 was all that was needed.  Steve was having luck earlier with a 14 purple prince.  FIsh are still hanging in the fast water, and right now with the levels, no water can be too fast.  Just get the flies to penetrate the faster top current and pay attention/be ready. Fluorocarbon helps, as does smaller tippet size, as does split shot and tungsten beads.  

Looks like a few rainy/drizzly days this coming week, so that could prove to be good for the fishing.  It does not appear that any significant rain is in store, but the cloud cover should get the BWO’s more active and the trout will follow.  I have been seeing some of the large October Caddis on the window screens in Vergennes, so having a larger Caddis dry or pupa imitation on hand is appropriate. If you venture out on the Otter tribs, unless you are in faster water, stealth should be your top priority.  And regardless of where you are, if the fish don’t respond to nymphs or dries, toss a streamer around to drum up some action.  A few posts back I talked about adding orange to your pike flies this time of year, but a bit of orange on your nymphs or trout streamers is a good thing to consider as well.  

We are rapidly closing in on a month left of the regular season, so take advantage while you can.  Feel free to email any questions dave@mmvt.com or check in with Steve in the shop.  Enjoy the rest of September, thanks for reading and thanks for supporting your local fly/gear shop. 

Cheers,

Dave

Previous Reports

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General fishing report for March 29, 2019. Since we’ve last spoke we’ve lost some snow, gained a bunch in the mountains and started losing some again.  The extended forecast looks to keep the melt going, but it doesn’t seem that we’ll have any huge runoff issues, not yet at least. For me personally, I have not been out recently, but perhaps this weekend.  The Otter is a bit high and looks like it’s rising, but if you can find some slower water (but still moving) near some deeper winter holding areas that would be a good place to start.

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General fishing report for March 15, 2019. 

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After a Busy weekend of guiding and personal fishing, here’s what the guides have to report and what to look forward to. First off, just two more weeks left of the regular season! If that doesn’t get you motivated to get out and enjoy some fall fishing, then I’m not sure what will! Last weeks rain definitely had the fish in an eating mood, but it was hard to pin down any one fly that did the most work. Worms worked in the more off color water, as did nymphed and swung streamers, but as things cleared, more natural bugs like October caddis patterns and Pt’s did the work.

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Greetings Anglers! I hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy this beautiful state that we live in! Despite the dry summer it seems that the trees don’t really care and are putting on quite the display for us. And we are getting rain, which makes the trees and us happy right? The recent spell of rain seems to have got the fish (trout) kicked into feeding mode, especially on the tribs. After a couple slow days on the Creek, I had a productive few hours on the Middlebury today, with nicely stained water and a ton of leaves to catch!

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Hello Folks! Happy Fall! We did pick up some much needed rain this week, some areas more than others, but after a long, dry summer every bit helps. Locally the Otter seemed to have been the big winner, compliments of some significant downpours in the Rutland and northern Rutland County areas. Levels have seemed to plateau, and despite the big bump in levels, clarity is pretty good. Tribs did see a bit of a bump in levels, but are still low. Water temps have settled back as well.

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Greetings Anglers! While we are still in low water mode, the outlook looks promising. Cooler temps and shots of rain all next week should help the fishing out there. We were out today with a four person guide trip and found some low 60’s on the lower New Haven and upper 60’s on the Creek. We found many species other than trout on the Otter, but fun none the less. In my experience, once the Otter water temp gets in the lower 60’s, the trout become more active. Until we get really colder temps, they are usually found still in the faster water.

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Howdy folks! With some well deserved relief from the heat and much needed rain on the way, things couldn’t be looking better on the local fishing scene. Many Otter tribs started the day in the low 60’s, but are still low and clear. The Otter itself was still a touch over 70 early this morning in the Middlebury area, but I found some mid 60’s further south on the Otter. Some Iso’s, and a few caddis were around. Fish seemed to like the standard Iron Lotus, rainbow warriors, and frenchies. Pretty much what has been producing fish for people the last few weeks.

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Greetings out there anglers! As we turn the corner to September, we’ve got some very similar conditions out on the local rivers. Otter tributaries are low and clear, and although this morning was chilly, it looks like we have a bit more heat and humidity to deal with in the coming days. I was able to get out on the Middlebury River this morning and found a cool 62 degree water temperature in East Middlebury and was able to pick up a few fish from the faster pocket water in that stretch. Most fish came on size 14-16 frenchies.

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Greetings out there anglers! Trout fishing continues to be mostly weather dependent, with cooler mornings and after rain events getting the most action. Who knows, we may have left the majority of the heat and humidity behind us with this last bout storms that rolled through. At least for this coming week, the nighttime lows are looking good, so it is a possibility that some more water could be fishable in the mornings. Please do take temperatures before you start fishing. It seems that most folks are still pickling up fish on nymphs, mostly in sizes 14-16 and of the mayfly variety.