5/24/13-Hit the reset button! It's like early spring all over again out there. The water levels have risen and the air temp is chilly, close to 15 degrees below average. All in all our smaller rivers are in decent shape, so if your looking at a blown out river, head to Middlebury. The next few cold days will bring us back down in water temperature and line up some great fishing.
Before this cold front moved in the fishing was very good. Otter Creek was still fishing very well, after the rain as the level rose, but is now rising and won't clear up for a few days. Both the Midd and New haven were fishing very well, and the hatches were strong in the evenings. I had a great video sent to me of the yellow sally hatch from the New Haven. Combined with a Hendrickson spinner fall, the fish were happy to come to the surface.
The hatch cycle still is ahead of normal and we have so many bugs coming off the water it continues to keep us guessing on what exactly the fish are keyed in on. It had been Caddis, but they seemed to enjoy the Pale Evening Dun nymphs quite a bit, and I had a client out yesterday that caught 5 fish on a stonefly nymph. So be prepared for ever
The last few days I found that the fish were feeding pretty aggressively between 7:30-10:30am and then again starting mid afternoon around 3:00pm and picking up much stronger after 6pm. But I had a hard time in the middle of the day. We may also find that will change with the cold weather and rain.
The pike fishing has continued its upward trend, and we have had more and more reports of topwater fishing being effective. The Largemouth have also started to slam the surface.
We have had a crazy few weeks with guiding, with most of our guides out, but this week we have a few spots open, so if you want to capitalize on the quality conditions give us a call.
Guiding season is in full swing and if your looking to spend sometime on VT's waters, let us show you around. Whether you want to learn some new water, take a VT driftboat trip, work on your nymphing technique, or try chasing some new species with a fly rod, like Bass or Pike. GMA guides are ready to help you.
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|New Haven River||59||Just Off||May 24 2013 - 4:39pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|Middlebury River||59||OFF||May 24 2013 - 4:35pm||March Browns, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|Otter Creek||62||Off||May 24 2013 - 4:23pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|Otter Creek||58-63||Clear-Just Off||May 20 2013 - 1:34pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|New Haven River||57||Clear||May 20 2013 - 1:20pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
Detailed Fishing Reports
(Photo: Give it up for Devin Wendell! This monster 21.5" Brown Trout came out of the New Haven) The new Haven, being the klarger trib may take a bit to settle from the rain, however, the upper stretches should be fishing better, while the water clears.
The Midd has fished well. The hatch activity has creeped up the watershed from Otter Creek and now the tribs are seeing some good hatches. The yellow sally has been very prominent in the poct water. Lower down the March Browns are coming off, with some Baetis and Caddis. The higher water and cold temps will shake things up a bit.
(Photo: Rich Honhe from Simms came out for a day on the water with Jesse, on a recent trip from Bozemen, MT)
Fishing on Otter Creek remained very good. The rain will now probably shake stuff up a bit and bring the water level up for the next week or so. Trout fishing will be a bit off until the water clarity improves. The big and ugly flies will be the way to go until then.
The Creek just continues to be amazing. The fish above was landed by a client being guided by one of our new guides, Dave Konopke. Caught ona golden stone nymph. Not a bad way to start the day. The cold nights slowed down the early morning, but it picks up quick. Caddis continue to be out all day. Heavier at sometimes. The Pale Evening Duns were out in full force again this weekend and the emergers have been working well for us. Pike fishing is still improving, as the water temp is lower then normal.
Had some good reports form our guidesthis weekend who fished the New Haven. Though the water was low and clear they were both able to move some fish. One large Rainbow was caught, as well as some small fish. There are still lots of stockers on the system and hopefully the rain will spread them out a bit.