Memorial Day Weekend Fishing Report

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It appears summer has arrived here in central Vermont! What a great time to be outside, I have packed my waders away for the season and most likely won’t take them back out till the fall. For those of you that like to wet wade a good pair of gravel guard socks and quick dry pants are priceless. I like to wear the same boots when I wet wade; these gravel guard socks will fill the same void as your thicker wader booties.

The fishing over the past couple weeks has been great. Lots of people are getting into fish both stocked and wild on every technique under the sun. Nymphing with two fly rigs has produced the most fish for me, but throwing dries early and late is a great option as well. When possible I try and save my fishing times for the low light hours. Fishing midday can be tough, the high bright sun and warmest temperatures can make things challenging. Making longer casts, staying hidden and approaching locations to fish from below is definitely recommended. As the water continues to warm I would expect to see less march browns and yellow sallies and more caddis to take over as the primary hatching bug. My fly selections are pretty simple for nymphs I like quilldigons as my point fly and small natural sometimes unweighted pheasant tails as my dropper fly. Some other good patterns to have on hand would include walts worms, GTI caddis, and a blow torch or red dart as an attractor option. For dries you can’t go wrong with parachute adams and elk hair caddis. To add a few more to your box I would have carnage drake march browns, front end loader caddis, and corn fed caddis. If you like to fish streamers or closer to the otter crayfish patterns like the cowbell cray and Joe’s mini cray are great.    

On Wednesday I took a few temperature readings in the 70’s already. Wednesday night brought some rain and an overnight low down into the 50’s. Thursday morning the same locations had temperatures back down in the low 60’s. If you don’t have a thermometer please get one, we have both digital and analog options in the store. The extended forecast shows both rain and cool nights which is much needed right now. Good luck to those of you getting out this weekend.   

Previous Reports

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We’re just a few days away from the 16th Otter Creek Classic. There is still time to sign up and grab some support stickers. We have some awesome prizes to give away at the BBQ this Sunday. When I think back to previous OCC tournaments high and cold water seems to be a trend; baring a big rain event this year will be much different. Over this week depending on the river system temperatures have ranged from the mid 40’s to mid 50’s. The mayflies I’ve seen hatching seem to prefer the cloudy/overcast drizzly days. Bug activity seems to peak in the early afternoons.

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March FIshing Report

While it may seem like spring has arrived, the last couple years has brought some of the best snow in the month of March. As I write this my weather app is calling for a half inch of rain today. This will bring high off color water for most of our rivers in central Vermont. Use extra caution if you haven’t fished yet this year. With all the flooding seen over the last year many of our rivers have changed. Gravel bars and other places you may have previously crossed may no longer exist. 

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February 2024 Fishing Report,

Welcome to the first fishing report of 2024! As in years past the fishing regulations have changed to allow for much more catch and release fishing during the winter months. The state does have several special regulation rivers so be sure you double check that the spot you plan to fish is in fact open prior to wetting a line. 

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Fishing Update: water on the small tributaries is dropping. Clarity is perfect for streamers. Try the best you can to keep your boots dry to avoid walking on or above spawning redds. 
The nymphing game can also be great with higher flows. Think heavy junk flies, I will usually fish two opposite colored flies on the same rig. Something bright and obnoxious paired with something more natural. Stop in the shop to stock up before the flows jump with the rain forecasted for this weekend.  

General Fishing Report for October 17, 2023

Trout fishing is still good out there, although some fish are starting to make the trek towards the slow side of the current seams.  Nymphs are still producing, with some small tan caddis and Blue Winged Olives hatching (mostly on cloudy days, when the air temp warms a bit).

General Fishing Report For October 6, 2023

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General Fishing Report September 10, 2023

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General Fishing Report for July 1 2023.

Conditions on our local trout rivers have been helped immensely by recent rains.  Not only does this allow the fish to spread out a bit and have access to lots of food, but regular rain events help keep the water cool.  However, do the fish a favor and keep taking those water temperatures.  Mornings have been the coolest, no surprise there.  Future forecast looks to be similar, warm days, but with showers and thunderstorms, perhaps a bit cooler towards next weekend. 

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General Fishing Report for June 14 2023.

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General Fishing Report for June 2, 2023