General Fishing Report May 28, 2021

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General Fishing Report for May 28, 2021

Greetings out there anglers!  As we head into this weekend, it feels like a good weekend for fishing.  Cooling trout streams, overcast skies and the possibility of rain; what else could an angler wish for?  These conditions should really benefit the trout streams and that is where this weeks report will focus.  We've had many trips out this past week, both in the Otter drainage and the White.  All were into a bunch of fish, both stocked and wild.  One guide reported that on a full day trip on the white, his client probably got into 40-50 fish, landing less than half but still landing double digits of fish!  This was over on the White and it seemed like the wild fish were all about the Caddis dry, while some wild and stocked fish took Sexy Walts worms, mops and white buggers.  In the Otter drainage fish have been hitting Caddis nymph/pupas, Frenchies and some other attractor nymphs.  I would recommend that if you run a two fly rig, that one be some type of Caddis nymph or pupa.  The Walt's worm can suffice for the nymph and I tend to lean towards pupas with some soft hackle in them.  Could be a pupa, could be a drowned adult.  Also, with fish being active, swing out some of your drifts and hold on!  If you find that the fish prefer the swung fly, it is a good idea to bump your tippet size up a bit.  Swung fly takes tend to be aggressive, as can our hook sets, leading toward more broken off fish. 

Water temps are doing great now, even on the larger rivers like the White and Otter.  I fished for 45 minutes this morning on the Otter and it was 66, probably decreasing as the day and night go on.  I had a little bit of action, mainly on prince nymphs, about a size 12.  Lots of Caddis adults around, in various sizes and colors. I did not however, see anything actively hatching in the short time I was out. The Otter in/around Middlebury is at a great flow right now; easy to pick out and apart the pockets and not so high that wading is treacherous.  Even with water temps in good shape throughout the day, the amount of sunlight is still a factor.  We have noticed that, surprise, the fishing slows a bit when the sun is strong.  I guess the one exception would be shady Brook Trout streams.  IF you have the opportunity plan your trips accordingly.  

Looks like the week ahead bodes well for stream angling too. Nothing too crazy as far as high temperatures go, and some real good possibility of rain later this weekend and late next week.  As always, feel free to drop a line dave@mmvt.com or call up the shop (802)388-7245 for current conditions.  Steve is still stocked with all your fly-fishing and gear needs.  Thanks for supporting us and have a great weekend!  

 

Dave

Previous Reports

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Its been awhile, but I thought I would jump in for a guest fishing report, OCC update and some overall thoughts for a successful early season on the water.  It is without a doubt a very exciting time of the year. With the winter months all but behind us, we are looking into the slow but sure entry into warm weather and good fly fishing ahead.  I have always felt that April was the most brutal month in VT.

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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.