11/03/14 - That is indeed a wrap. After another amazing regular season and guiding year we want to extend our sincere gratitude to everybody who has been apart of our client and shop family. I personally am very grateful for all of the support. Without your patronage I wouldn't have a job. I feel responsible for doing what I can to make your experience with us the best it can be, so I will continue to strive to supply you with the best product and information I can.
With the 2014 Regular Trout season in the books, we turn to our available options for the Late Fall/Winter. Much of the available fishing water is still fairly productive. You won't be having the 20 fish days you may have had in May or again in September, but the fish are still willing to eat and here in VT we have many different fishing options to choose from for the coming weeks until the ice, and air and water temps strengthen their hold on our waterways. Below I am listing some ideas for you to consider over the coming days for taking advantage of the low fishing pressure and decent fishing conditions.
-If trout is your query, then you need not change too much about what you're doing, but you will need to consider where and with what you are targeting the fish with. Bug life above the surface will become scarce soon, but we still have the Baetis and Midge, not to mention the last of our Northern Casemaker Caddis. While we are still being fairly productive with our ol' autumn fishing standby, the baetis emerger, we have begun to see the fish willing to eat the larger nymph again. We have had trout taking large attractors and stoneflies with some semi regularity. This is a "bang for their buck" move. The water is cooling, they are cold blooded. The metabolic rate of trout are slowing substantially. They move slower and eat less. But when they do move, they may choose to move for a larger meal. Now this doesn't mean that the fish aren't eating midge and beatis. On a warm afternoon, we may see some fish rising, or aggressively feeding under the surface on very small patterns.
- Streamers work. Sure everybody loves throwing the big streamers for fish in the autumn, playing to the aggressive nature of pre and post spawn fish. But in the winter this remains a decent option. Again, the fish will get a lot of calories for one meal. We would suggest you consider slower movement of the fly, like a dead drift or swing. Stripped flies should be done at a slow rate. Sinking lines and tips should keep the flies more in the area the fish are willing to move too.
- Ideal holding water changes this time of the year. When the water is warm and the bugs are plentiful in the summer, the trout like to push up to the head of a run, or the tail out, or onto the pocket water. There is lots of concentrated food and oxygen, but that changes this time of the year. Trout are looking to conserve energy, which means, less hanging out in the fast water. Again, at times they move into the faster zones, but only if the food justifies the action. Otherwise you will find fish sitting further back, and deeper. It can be difficult to quickly identify the area that fish are holding in immediately, but working over a pool or run more carefully will help you find those areas. Typically, you will start to see the fish behave in a similar fashion. Most times, if there is one, there are more. The truth is, it can take some repetitive drifting to find exactly where the fish are, their willingness to move over 18" to take a nymph is lower, so you need to put it on their nose, especially and the water cools more.
- There is certainly something to be said about being the first person to hit a run that day. But as the water temps constantly drop, the fishes activity patterns change. The fish and bugs will be more active when the water is warmer. So you can get out and hit all that water first, or you can fish it when the water is at the warmest in the early afternoon. Sleep in, tie some flies, have a late breakfast, then go fishing, that is if you're not steelhead fishing.
While most of this isn't mind blowing information, they are some strong points to consider if you don't already. But that isn't it, there are many fishing options out there for the month of Novemeber. Here are some more thoughts:
- I went Pike fishing on Wednesday, with I though were surprising results. Though the fish in the boat toptal was low, we still had lots of action. I still did better than a few of my floats this mid-summer. Don't write off the Pike fishing yet. The Otter Year Round water has miles of Pike fishing, and it was nice to be floating rather than wading. We did have a cold front blow through and shut the fishing down for the rest of the day, but overall I was impressed.
- The Lake Champlain Landlock & "Steelhead" run has been underway for a few weeks now. The VT side of the lake has several viable fishing options for catching chromers for the next few months. Check your VT Regs book and get on google earth and find some water. Also both sides of the lake have decent water, if you carry a NY state license, it may be worth checking out the NY side of the lake too.
- Great Lakes Tributary fishing can be productive all winter long. For those of you looking to catch big fish over the next few months. The Lake Ontario truibs offer you a shot at some pretty exciting fishing. The Salmon River is about 5 hours away and worth at least the novelty of going and fishing for salmon and Steelhead once.
So what can we expect for the coming days ad the first full weekend of fishing in November? Well its important to note that we have some rain coming and that will change what and where to fish. If we get a decent amount of rain. That may make the Otter pretty high and unfishable, if we don't then the Otter may offer some pretty solid fishing this weekend. If it does rain a fair amount,. it may be time to look at the Lake Champlain Tribs. Increased water levels should give some more fish an opportunity to move into the tributaries.
We are getting some guiding in this weekend, so we will have some more information from several people this weekend.
Its important to note, that you should be safe out there. When the water gets this cold, is important to realize that you need to be careful while out fishing. Hypothermia is dangerous. Go well layered and keep some extra clothes in your car, just in case you take a swim.
Thank you again for another awesome season, and hopefully a great beginning to the off-season fishing. We appreciate all of your support. Good Luck and have Fun!
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|Otter Creek||42-48||Just Off- typical Otter||Nov 3 2014 - 2:17pm||Baetis, Caddis & Midge|
|New Haven River||n/a||n/a||Nov 3 2014 - 2:07pm||n/a|
|Middlebury River||n/a||n/a||Nov 3 2014 - 2:18pm||n/a|
|Neshobe River||n/a||n/a||Nov 3 2014 - 2:05pm||n/a|
|Furnace Brook||n/a||n/a||Nov 3 2014 - 2:04pm||n/a|
Detailed Fishing Reports
We have reached the 2014 off season. We are very lucky to have the Otter in our back yard. The Otter offers the most amount of year round fishing in the state. Middlebury just happens to be near a large section of good trout water. but the off season upper boundary is nearly 50 fishable miles to the south of us. all of the 5 dams in the Middlebury area are open to year round cacth and release fishing.
New Haven River is closed for the 2014 season. It will reopen on April 11, 2015. Join us for the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic Opening Weekend Celebration April 10th through 12th.
Middlebury River is closed for the 2014 season. it will reopen on April 11, 2015. Join us for the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic Opening Weekend Celebration April 10th through 12th.
Neshobe River is closed for the 2014 season. it will reopen on April 11, 2015. Join us for the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic Opening Weekend Celebration April 10th through 12th.
Furnace Brook is closed for the 2014 season. it will reopen on April 11, 2015. Join us for the 7th Annual Otter Creek Classic Opening Weekend Celebration April 10th through 12th.