General Fishing Report May 15, 2020

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General Fishing Report for May 15, 2020

Howdy Folks!  Fishing has continued to be on the upswing, despite several inches of snow in the mountains and cold morning temps.  We are seeing more and more bugs too!  Couple different bigger stoneflies, some early Mayflies and still some smaller stones.  Warmer days definitely have the greater amount and diversity of bug activity. We are rapidly approaching that time of the year when everything seems to happen all at once: trout streams get productive, bass are in Lake Champlain tribs, steelhead are still there (due to cooler water temps) and the Creek is dropping, giving us more opportunities to chase fish there.  Oh, and inland Lakes are becoming productive too!

On the trout end of things, we have been successful with streamers on the cloudy and higher flow days, with black and white getting the looks, and size being on the smaller end of things (3-4 inches).  Nymphing in the pocket water has been pretty productive as well.  Matching insect life and those that are active has been a key, as has being able to get those flies to penetrate the quicker flows.  Accomplish this in one of several ways:  split shot, a heavy fly to get a smaller more natural one deeper or slim profiled nymphs that don't have many accessories to slow their plunge.  I have not seen or heard of many fish looking up regularly, but with the forecast for next week looking warmer, it will happen.  The Creek is so close to the start of great fishing, but there is still a lot of water in it and regular shots of rain keep it somewhat stable.  For a change of pace and to avoid crowds I did take my Switch Rod for a walk on the Creek last weekend. I did get a few grabs swinging streamers, but nothing hung around too long.  Tribs are settling into their normal state, with lower reaches being more productive during higher/stained flows and pocket/moving water becoming hot when things settle down a bit after rains.  One tip about fishing the slower/ lower reaches of Otter tribs is that the fish are definitely associated with structure, usually a drop off or current break.  Find these areas in clearer water to know where they are when the water is stained.  Sometimes during stained flows everything looks the same, but if you know where that structure is, you'll have a better chance at targeting these fish.  I walked a stretch last weekend that I hadn't been on this year and found that some of last years productive spots were filled in with sand, while others had developed.  Fish were hard to come by in the in clear flow, but the Ramps were plentiful!

Some flies that have produced recently during stained flows are bigger stones, worms and streamers.  As things cleared up nymphs that worked were Frenchies and Pt's, Walts worms, Egan's Red Dart, Quilldigions and Duracell jigs. Some Caddis type emergers put some fish to the net as well.  And I think that they will produce more this week with the warmer daytime temps.  If you tie your own Caddis emergers, think the messier the better (same if you buy them).  Best to swing out a few nymph drifts from now on as well to imitate an emerging bug.  If you are fishing streamers and getting swipes but no takes, consider downsizing your offering.  I also use the smaller streamer tactic when fishing dropping and clearing water.  The one benefit of getting fish to swipe at your streamer, is that you have now located a fish to target later with nymphs or another streamer.  

On the shop side of things, with the recent retail opening, Steve has decided to start offering open store hours for next week.  These hours may change on a weekly basis, so best to call the shop before heading in.  For next week Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sunday and Monday.  Steve will also continue curbside pick-up during open shop hours.  Shop phone is (802)388-7245 or email info@mmvt.com

Rivers are still pretty busy out there, but with many more opportunities right now, it should be easier to find some distance.  Such an exciting time to be outside too; trees leafing out, wildflowers, birds, warming weather.  So happy to call this special place my home!  Feel free to send any comments or questions my way dave@mmvt.com and I'll be sure to get back to you.  Otherwise, stay safe and have fun on the water.

 

Cheers,

Dave

 

Previous Reports

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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.