Don't forget about some great upcoming events here in VT
-DITCH PICKLE CLASSIC - June 28th & 29th
-WHITE RIVER OPEN - May 31st
-GREEN MOUNTAIN PIKE RODEO - Entire Month of June
Hosted by the Middlebury Mountaineer (more info soon)
4/21/14 - I hope that you all had a chance to get out and do some fishing this weekend. Easter Sunday was just about as beautiful as it gets. It was also really great to see so many people who came through the shop headed to or from the river. We got a mix of reports from everybody. Some with some decent success nymphing and others who didn't see much but a few hatching bugs. The water conditions have drastically improved in the last few days. The Otter Creek Tribs and some of the smaller rivers remain the best options for the coming days. The rain in the next two days may stir it up a bit. One of the most positive things that came out of the weekend was a few warmer nights and now we are starting to see water temps in the forties. This will have a great effect on bug activity and thus fish movement.
While reports weren't through the roof this weekend, we did get a few fish in the net. One of our clients played with an enormous Brown over the weekend on a small PT. Now that the water clarity has improved considerably, it will be time to start paying attention to many of the present insects. Here are a few you should make sure you can imitate. Small Black Stones(Capniidae)#14-18,Small Brown Stones(taenioptrygidae)#12-16, American Grannom Caddis (brachycentridae)#16-18 and Blue Wings (Baetis)#16-22. Even though the water has warmed you still need to focus on getting deeper for these fish. You may find points throughout the day they may be willing to lift to eat from the middle of the column, but to be safe start with some more weighted, deeper drifts.
The New Haven USGS gauge has finally started to plane, showing that the snowmelt is over around here. The rain in the coming day may change the levels a bit, but for now we are looking mighty good. Recovery time for the rivers after a rain won't take as long now either. As you move south the tribs get smaller and the water recovers faster. So if we get a blast tomorrow, you may find some better fishing on the Neshobe or Furnace Brook. The Otter has dropped quite a bit, ...but don't get too excited its still over 4500cfs. Thats way too high to wade it. The clarity has gotten much better, so you may find a soft spot to fish but its still over the 2-year flood level.
For those who have interest in the lake tribs, all of the little indicators we need to tell us its time to fish them have happened. The biggest challenge is clarity right now. I have reports of fish taken over the weekend, so if chasing VT chrome is what you want to do, now is the time.
Things continue to move along steadily on our local water.
We would like to extend a BIG congratulations to our two OCC6 Champs. Brian Cadoret, our OCC6 Professional Division Champion, grabbed his second title this year since his OCC1 victory 5 years ago. Brian was the only one to catch fish both days and showed a great ability to change his plan and work for his Championship. He is one of two anglers to hold two OCC victories. Ross Crowne took his first OCC Amatuer Division Championship. For those who don't know Ross he is 13 years old, and is a force to be reckoned with. His OCC6 title places him into the Pro bracket next year, where he belongs. Ross also landed the Big Fish of the event with a 22" Brown that was a beauty. He also put up higher number than anybody in the entire tournament. Congrat again to both of these fine anglers! For the rest of the results follow this link: http://mmvt.com/content/2014-6th-annual-otter-creek-classic-opening-week...
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|New Haven River||37-44||Clearing||Apr 21 2014 - 2:14pm||Brown Stones, Black Stones, Caddis, Baetis|
|Middlebury River||37-42||Clearing||Apr 21 2014 - 1:33pm||Brown Stones, Black Stones, Caddis, Baetis|
|Lake Champlain Tributaries||38-43||Off Color||Apr 21 2014 - 1:34pm||Brown Stones, Caddis, Baetis|
|Otter Creek||40||Off Color, slowly clearing||Apr 21 2014 - 1:21pm||Brown Stones, Black Stones, Caddis|
|Otter Creek||38.5||Muddy||Apr 14 2014 - 3:54pm||Brown Stones, Black Stones, Caddis|
Detailed Fishing Reports
We have had some great fishing on the New haven over the weekend. the longer system has allowed for some great water temps. I did see some good caddis activity out there. We even moved a few fish on streamers.
The Middlebury is looking good. The water is at a very wadeable level as of today and the clarity is in good shape. Keep an eye out for certain hatches that may be a good indication of which nymphs or even dries the fish may be interested in.
The Lake fish are on the move. Although the water is a bit off color fish are being caught. This will go on for a bit with new fish entering the river every time we get a push of water. While the water is dirty, some of the brighter stuff seems to get them to move a bit more.
The Otter is RAGING! At 4500 CFS it is well above the 2 year flood line. The clarity has improved but you will want to wait a bit before taking the Otter on here in Middlebury.
The Otter is its usual messy self, dealing with runoff. It will break 4,000cfs tonight and maybe get way higher with the rain coming. No real viable option here for a few weeks while we flush out all the snow on the western side of the Green Mountains. The bug activity is impressive too.