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3/7/14 - Finally! We were waiting for a stretch of days like this. The weekend and into Monday looks to be above freezing and a few days in the forties. If you have been waiting for the opportunity, this is it. The sun has been working hard for us. Even days that have been in the low 20's the snow has been melting in the thermal heat of the sun. So enough about the weather, what about the fishing.
With the heat of the sun, we have noticed a HUGE pick up in bug activity. The midges were hatching with some consistency during the cooler weather, but the warm up was a catalyst. Followed in suit, the Black Stones started migrating heavily towards the bank and hatching. The smaller brown stones won't be far behind. This weekend will offer a great an opportunity to take advantage of warmer weather with great water conditions. This warmth won't be enough to get the run-off started, so the water should be in ideal shape throughout the weekend and into the foreseeable future. My guess is that in the early afternoon throughout the weekend will show some of the warmest water temps we have seen. I expect the slow slow start to the season will cause these warmer parts of the day to have substantial bug activity. Imagine the loaded spring,...these bugs have been waiting, now is there chance.
With the possibility of advanced insect activity I believe that the nymphing natural imitations may be a good options. I normally do not match the nymphs this time of the year, but stick with attractors and larger offerings. My guess is that the numbers of bugs may be large enough that the fish may commit to working the column for the small insects. With the water lower and clear, you may be able to sight fish.
I know its been a brutal winter, and this is what we have been waiting for. So get out and beat the cabin fever this weekend!
The shop has started getting its 2014 product and we are excited to be prepping for the upcoming season. Come check out the new Simms G3 and Headwaters Waders, the Guide Boot, and Headwaters Hip packs. I have been drooling over the Sage Method, talk about a streamer rod! Next round of Flies should be in soon,as well.
I wrote a season ending report for the entire 2013 Vermont fly fishing season. Please give it a look over, you can find that here: http://mmvt.com/fishing/article/2013-vermont-fly-fishing-season-report-card
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|Otter Creek||35||Clear||Mar 7 2014 - 11:52am||Midge, Black Stones|
|Otter Creek||34||Off, and getting dirtier||Feb 23 2014 - 4:40pm||Midges & Small Black Stones|
|Otter Creek||n/a||Clear||Feb 2 2014 - 1:06pm||Midge|
|Otter Creek||n/a||Clear||Dec 16 2013 - 5:44pm||n/a|
|Otter Creek||37-40||Off Color||Dec 6 2013 - 9:35am||Midge|
Detailed Fishing Reports
The Otter has shown some good signs of life. we have seen the most insects of the year the last few days. We expect the warmest temps in awhile this weekend to be a large catalyst for out macroinvertebrate friends and even more importantly the fish. Don't rush out to hit the river in the early morning. let the sun do its job and warm up the water and rocks a bit, then get out and chase down some trout. Take a look at the snowbanks for a clue to which bugs are coming off. It may be midges early and then little black stones. We may even see a few early small brown stones.
The Otter came to life a bit over the warm weekend. Water levels are rising, but will probably receed with the cold week ahead. Midges and small Black Stones are coming out. You will need to work the slow deeper water and find those prime "lazy" feeding lies.
Not Much to really report here, but we did want everybody to know that the water levels on the creek look awesome. If you get sometime and cant handle not fishing anymore. it would be a good time to spend a little time in Middlebury.
(PHOTO:Taken from behind the shop of Otter Creek in Middlebury)
As you can see the Ice has begun to form about 75 yards below Middlebury falls. We have an arctic blast coming tonight. Fish will be in a bit of a slumber, but the temp increase on Friday and Saturday may provoke some activity.
(Photo: Jesse Haller fishes at Pulp Mill, photo by Wesley Butler)
The Otter was looking pretty good over the week, with the levels dropping below 1000 for the first time in a week. However the rain last night has dirty the water, though not completely blown out,...yet. Fish were relatively lazy on the Otter this week, with just a few fish hooked over the last few days. Though we did manage a few. Fish seem to be willing to chase streamers and with the water coming up that may be a good option, maybe even break out the switch or spey to cover as much water as possible.