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General Fishing Report June 8 2019

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General Fishing Report for June 8, 2019

Hello anglers!  I trust that everyone is having a great start to the summer season. We’ve still been dealing with rain and higher water but fishing has remained strong on the trout front and the pike fishing is improving. Look at trout fishing in two ways, with high, stained flows and dropping and clearing water. Streamers seem to be getting the most looks during the higher flows still. Color is a personal preference but white and olive are doing the best. If you go for a color change while out fishing, consider doing a complete opposite switch, say from light to dark or similar.  Sometimes that can be a trigger to get a fish to commit. Pattern is also personal preference but keep a couple different sizes handy and having flies that can move in the water on the pause help too. Think patterns with marabou, buck tail, artic fox, etc. 

With dropping and clearing water, nymphing has been paying the bills. Hatches have been getting stronger as well.  Yesterday morning I saw at least four different species of bugs around the water. A big mayfly (I think March brown but didn’t id), a smaller sulphur, yellow sally stonefly and a medium sized tan Caddis.  Nymph selection is pretty straight forward now, with frenchies,pheasant tails and hares ears in sizes 10-14 for the bigger mays, iron lotus and perdigons and similar slim bodied flies in sizes 14-16 for the smaller mays.  And some tan Caddis larvae and pupa patterns in sizes 14-16. I cleaned up yesterday on a fly like the carotene jig or Olsen’s soft hackle carrot, which as my memory serves me worked great at this time last year!  Having some bigger stones around as an anchor fly for your rig is helpful, plus the silouhette of the fly gives the fish a target during stained water. And the bigger stone naturals get knocked loose pretty easily in the current.  With this extended sunny weather, while nymphing you may need to drop in tippet size and also fly size.  Having a well stocked box is one of the keys to be successful during ever changing water conditions. Keep some dries handy too, as Craig got into a serious March Brown hatch the other day while on a trip.  Yes they caught a bunch on nymphs, but they were able to set up  on a few fish picking off the emerging duns. Observe, make a plan and execute!

Steve has been floating the Otter recently and has started to find some success.  I think the more stable flows and slightly warmer temps have been helping the cause.  One key this time of year has been fly placement.  If floating, hitting the bank with your fly and stripping it from there has been the ticket.  At the very least, get the fly to land within a few inches of the bank.  Wade anglers should give this a shot too. Also look for ditches or small streams to cast to, as these tend to hold the bait.  For right now, keep the flies in the 4-6 inch range.  Colors that have been working are white, olive and perch colored patterns.  One combo that works great this time of year is a olive over white clouser. It does a good job representing the small pike that are on the move this time of year. A few years ago, I was having some trouble hooking up to some pike, although they were chasing bait near me. As I paused for a breather after portaging around a log jam, I watched as hundreds of 3-5 inch pike hugged the shore traveling upstream to parts unknown. A quick fly change and I was into fish. 

With some sunny days ahead, look at time of day for planning your outing.  Pocketwater fishing should be strong all day, but slower stretches might be better early and late in the day. Water temps are awesome right now, mid 50’s yesterday morning, and they should be good throughout the weekend.  I’m always take at least one temp during a session, as it gets logged in my journal to try and develop some sort of pattern with these fish. Steve is available in the shop to answer questions, along with Min on sundays and I’m always available at dave@mmvt.com. Have a great weekend everyone, good luck on the water,

Cheers,

Dave

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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.