8/21/14 - Back in the saddle again. First thank you everybody for your patience with the fishing report. I had a great trip west with many successes in the competitive circuit, but I am eager to get back in the swing here in Vermont. I carefully watched the weather and flows while I wa gone to get an idea about what could be expected during that time as well as the progression of insect activity via our guides back here. It looks as if I missed most of the best August of fly fishing here in Vermont in recent memory. Luckily this trend seems to be continuing into the final weeks of August as well. I'm not sure what lucky charms you all used or if your rain and cold weather dances are that good, but we seemed to dial up a really amazing situation.
To me the biggest news is by far the availability of Vermont's bigger trout rivers. Reports have shown water temps on the Otter, Winooski, White, and Lamoille all at fishable temperatures. Let me quickly note, that this may not hold straight into September, so please temp the water before you start fishing. Mornings will always be the coolest water temps. I was able to fish the Otter yesterday morning after a cool night and the water temp at 10am was 66F. That was pretty impressive to me.
Todays rain may add some extra water to the systems, but given the water levels and comparison to other late summers, once the rivers get this low, the water systems recover much faster, even the larger systems. So even with a decent rain we should be alright relatively quickly.
The real excitement is in what is actually happening out there. With in the short amount of time since my return to VT to today, I was able to survey and fish quite a bit of water. The results are what I was hoping for, with a few bonuses. having the Otter below 70 this time of the year is a rarity, if not a miracle. This is obviously very exciting because by 10am I saw my first Isonychia Dun of the year. Though I didn't see them hatching in numbers, they are now airborne. Flipping shallow streamside rocks started to reveal the large numbers of Iso nymphs one comes to expect as well. The next few weeks these bugs will be a top choice for trout and bass on the Otter. As mentioned in my previous reports. This nymphs swimming pattern and erratic movement grabs the trouts attention. I picked up two trout yesterday on the swing. Also present were the small tan Caddis, which with be followed by the Northern Casemaker in a few weeks as well. The Baetis activity is present and ramping up, also identifiable by the nymphs seen throughout the system. So whats the bonus? How about leagues of hatching flying ants? Even in my backyard last night there flying ants hatching. Another easy target terrestrial for trout and they love them. The ant will bring surprising fish to the surface especially now.
I was surprised how ever on where i found the fish holding. I suppose I wanted to believe given the conditions that the fish would be holding like they do in mid-September. They aren't quite there yet. There are still plenty of food options right now, so you may have to change around to see what it is the fish are really feeding on. Within a few weeks the possibilities will narrow.
The New Haven and Middlebury are fishing well, and showed temps that dropped into the 50's during the cooler nights. The water is low right now, so a careful and stealthy approach is key. I have found some of the best terrestrial fishing on these rivers, right around this time of the year. Aside form the very good choice of the flying ants, the hoppers are the largest and most abundant right now. Selecting ideal banks and habitat can be an exciting way to land a large fish on a dry this time of year. If you're looking to do your work subsurface, I am recommending fluorocarbon for the late summer and autumn low water. I do well on the Midd and New Haven working small attractor patterns and blue wing olive nymph imitations. #16-20.
I haven't been Pike fishing since I returned, but I have spoke to several people who have been fishing for Northerns over the last week. results have been mixed. While fish have been landed, they have been coming at a premium. We can expect that to change as the weather continues to cool off in the coming weeks.
Well that is what I was able to gather in the last two days since I got back. we will be getting together more info, in the coming days as well. It looks like we should have some more great fishing throughout the weekend. Stop in the shop for the most current conditions. It's good to be home....Good luck and have fun!
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|Otter Creek||66-70||Just Off, Typical Otter||Aug 21 2014 - 12:34pm||Isonychia, Caddis, Baetis, & Midge|
|White River||60-66||Clear||Aug 21 2014 - 12:30pm||Caddis, Baetis, Flying Ants, Midge|
|New Haven River||61-66||Clear||Aug 21 2014 - 12:30pm||Caddis, Baetis, Flying Ants, Midge, Small Green Stones|
|Middlebury River||61-65||Clear||Aug 21 2014 - 12:29pm||Caddis, Baetis, Flying Ants, Midge, Small Green Stones|
|Otter Creek||70-74||OFF||Jul 28 2014 - 12:18pm||N/A|
Detailed Fishing Reports
The Creek is currently below 70 degrees. But please continue to temp it, it will swing above 70 on warm days. The Iso hatch has begun, but is not yet heavy. It's a good time and water level to be fishing the Otter in the coming days.
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