5/17/13- Allot has happened over this last few days that is quite notable. First and foremost the freezing, literally freezing, nights in the mountains caused a sharp water temperature drop. We found that the fishing though still alright, did slow down a bit at times throughout the last few days. Reports were spotty from different areas in the county. More then 10 degrees in some places. Along with the cooler water temps a few more insects have come into the mix while a few have stepped out. Otter Creek tends to have the first appearances of new species in the year, and over the last few days we have seen the Pale Evening Duns(small sulphers) and the Sulpher Dun begin to hatch. They have joined the March Browns and Baetis still present. The Caddis continues to blast away, with Cinnamon Spotted, Grannoms, and Green Caddis. The Hendrickson Spinners have all but disappeared on Otter Creek, however can still be found present on the tribs like the Midd, New Haven, Neshobe and Furnace. With all of these bugs above the water now, dry fly opportunities are getting more and more available. Most of the dry fly fishing I have had, has been in the evening after a warmer day, and sight fishing to risers. We have done very little prospecting with dries yet. However the subsurface game has been good for those in the right place at the right time. After 3 straight days of guiding I was able to have the day to fish, and I found that the fish were changing their food preference throughout the day. I has a switch from Baetis to Caddis to PED nymphs and emergers in the course of a couple hours.
The Lake Tribs are still seeing lots of Bass action and I even heard of a steelie being landed just a few days ago. With the lower water, the Bass tend to get a bit tentative. If you fish in the lower light hours you will probably have a more productive day on the water.
Pike fishing slowed just a bit with the cooler water and weather, but this morning I saw a picture of Stever Bartlett holding massive Pike. Top-water has started to pick up on the local ponds as well.
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|New Haven River||56||Clear||May 17 2013 - 12:57pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|Middlebury River||55||Clear||May 17 2013 - 12:44pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
|Otter Creek||58||Clear-Just Off||May 17 2013 - 12:36pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|New Haven River||64||Clear||May 13 2013 - 2:21pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
|Middlebury River||63||Clear||May 13 2013 - 1:44pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
Detailed Fishing Reports
The New Haven has fished well top to bottom. The lower reaches have offered some dry fly fishing, but there has also been more pressure there as well.
The Midd is running pretty low right now, but has started to pick up. I have spent sometime there recently trying to avoid the stockers on the Midd. While testing out some of our new dries, I was able to provoke some good strikes on top. The Midd will be getting stocked soon though. the lower reaches are low, but have made for good fishing in the morning.
The Creek continues to be quite entertaining. the levels are unbelievable for this time of the year and with the recent cold snap, the water dropped about ten degrees. The Caddis is just about constant in some places on Otter Creek. The PED's and Sulphers seem to be picking up later in the day, while the Baetis is in the morning. The March Brown activity is sporadic, along with the sallies. The fish have been very willing to eat out of the middle of the water column. So working Caddis and mayfly emergers has been effective. The evening is the time to find the most rising fish.
The New Haven is in very good shape right now, with a very good level and plenty of good fishing to be had. the madness from the post stocking has started to slow, so its safe to venture into those areas a bit again. I haven't heard of much fishing going on up in Lincoln, but the middle and lower sections have turned out some fantastic reports.
The action on the Midd has been steady. The water has returned to its clear flow and fishing has been solid from the confluence to the headwaters. The pocket water in East Midd has offered some great dry-dropper fishing, and we have been testing out some of our new foam hopper and stonefly imitations there with some success.