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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Just a few days away from the IF4 and OCC15 and all things considered, I don’t think that we could be asking for a better set up into the weekend.  Based on all my indicators this is looking to be one of the better fishing condition OCCs. If you’re still considering participating in the events, now is the time to get signed up because the fishing should be quite good this weekend.

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Wahoo!  Just a week until the Otter Creek Classic 15!  We are kicking off the weekend event with the International Fly Fishing Film Tour at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.  This is an inspiring event to really kick off you fly fishing season.  There will be some swag raffles and give aways at the film so come check out exciting fly fishing films from all over the world.  Tickets are still available here:  https://www.showclix.com/event/if42023middleburyvt

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We are officially 2 weeks out from the OCC15 and IF4 Film tour!  Make sure you secure your tickets to the IF4 at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday the 14th.  Doors at 6, Showtime 7:30.  Also head over to the website for information on the OCC15. 

https://mmvt.com/fishing/otter-creek-classic

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 The 15th Annual Otter Creek Classic is just a few weeks away.  Make sure you get your tickets for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival at Town Hall Theater on April 14th as well.  More information at:

https://mmvt.com/fishing/otter-creek-classic

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As we look towards February and slowly lengthening days, we find ourselves in the center of the winter months. The next few weeks will probably determine what our sustained snowpack will look like, so despite the desire to want spring fishing conditions, think snow. Overall, this year’s milder weather has offered what feels like more days to get on the water that are above freezing.  The challenge has been working around the changes in water levels and turbidity related to melt and rain.  Even with those hurdles we have still found some productive fishing locally. 

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General Fishing Report October 18, 2022

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General Fishing Report September 23, 2022

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General Fishing Report July 31, 2022

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General Fishing Report June 11,2022

 

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RIVER CONDITIONS:  Water levels are in very good shape and will continue to drop and warm over the week.  The warm weather the next few days should push water temps into optimal fishing temps, though without rain the clarity may make for some challenges in the high sun.  It looks like the Otter in Middlebury will be below 1000cfs which is a rarity during the OCC.  This should open allot more good  fishing options for the event.