General Fishing Report September 18, 2021

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General Fishing Report September 18, 2021

Hello out there! I hope this report finds everyone well and enjoying some cooler weather.  Rivers in the area are doing well with the consistent added rainfall and their residents are enjoying the cooler water temps.  Otter Creek tributaries are running in the low 60's, and the Creek  was in the upper 60's as of yesterday (Friday) morning.  It's still a good idea to keep that thermometer handy, as warm afternoons can get those water temps close to 70, especially on the Otter and lower down on its tributaries.  

Trout fishing has varied depending on whom you speak too, but we've had our best success recently in the pocket water stretches of local Otter Creek tribs. Most success has come sub surface, either with various nymphing techniques or dry/dropper. Flies that have been producing have been jig buggers (tan and white), frenchies (and pheasant tail nymphs), Perdigons (mainly the Butano variation), Caddis pupa and Sexy Walts worms.  Dries that have been seeing some action on mainly the Brook Trout stretches have been Royal Wulffs, Chubby Chernobles (both large and small), Humpys and Parachute Adams.  

One thing that has been important in getting some action in the pocket water, has been getting a good drift.  Especially true in the higher flows, as the fish are still there, just an extra mend or high-stick can produce some action.  I've also noticed that in the increased flows in the pocket water, it pays to observe the zone you are casting to for a couple minutes.  Sometimes, a boil in the water appears or disappears and if you cast lands in the 'disappearing' time, a better drift can be achieved.  It's all part of the process folks, better to observe your surroundings for a moment or two and then make the plan; or just enjoy all that this beautiful state has to offer.  

Been seeing plenty of stonefly and Isonychia shucks on the rocks, so have those stone nymph and dry patterns on hand, as well as your favorite Iso imitation. Caddis are out and about, been seeing some of the big October Caddis arround.  These are a legit #12, sometimes larger and a meal that most fish will not pass up. We are getting into BWO (blue-winged olive) season as well.  These small (size 16-24) mayflys make up for their size with their numbers.  A drizzly, cloudy day will get the most bugs coming off.  Most of my action with this hatch has come on the Creek, and it pays to have a bunch of different slim, nymph patterns ready to dead drift or swing out!  As we get along into the Fall, Browns (and brookies) will be getting ready to spawn, so first watch for their spawning redds, and if not, swing or strip some streamers in front of them.  These fish tend to be aggressive before they spawn, and the males (especially) will chase and sometimes attack an unwanted intruder.

The shop is full to the brim with great fall product, as well as a great fly selection and excellent rods, packs, waders, and the gear for an awesome day on the water.  As always feel free to touch base dave@mmvt.com or check in with Steve at the shop (802)388-7245. We've got about a month and half left of the regular trout season, so get out and enjoy it!

 

Cheers,

 

Dave 

Previous Reports

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General Fishing Report May 18, 2019

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Greetings Anglers!  May the fourth be with you. For sure it’s been a wet April out there.  I heard today that we got double the amount of rain we usually get in April. This has made for some interesting conditions out there on our local rivers.  Tons of water for sure, but that has also meant that our local resident trout population has been getting fed pretty regularly with all the runoff!  It has also created some quickly decreasing clarity on the rivers when it does rain.

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General fishing Report for 4/21/2019. 

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General Fishing Report for April 15, 2019

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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.