9/22/14 - Another great week of September Vermont fishing in the books. As stated before the water conditions have remained very much the same for the last few weeks. The autumn low water levels have made for some very good fishing, but over the last day or two we have heard of a slight taper off in the quality of fishing, though our guides have still reported consistency, but it required a few adjustments. The bug life has also stayed pretty similar though we can expect an uptick of Blue Wing Olives and Northern Casemaker Caddis in the coming few weeks. We have a shot of rain coming tonight, hopefully it ends up being a bit more than they expect, but we will take everything we can get. This will be followed by a two day cold front than some of the warmer temps we have had in awhile. Luckily the nights will be cool during throughout that stretch, which could offer some solid mid-day fishing, if we can get some water here and there through the coming week.
The Otter continues to be the place for the best fishing locally, if not for just the water level challenges elsewhere. The Otter has still had great bug activity from 3 species of Caddis, Isonychia, Baetis, and even some decent Midge activity to start the day. Afyter the last 2-3 weeks of higher pressure the fish havre begun to show their ability to not be fooled by the same bag of tricks. Our guides noticed a slow down in the prefered classic Prince, Zug Bug, and PT nymphs effectivity. The trick recently has been trying a pattern that hasn't been fished as much. We suggest the Batman Prince, Black MT Prince, Tung Soft Hackles, Juju Baetis, MasterBaetis, Yellow Psycho Prince, Wired Caddis, Gut Instinct Caddis and Mighty Mite baetis. Your choice of tipper and leader rig can also afford you some better opportunities. Longer and Lighter leaders and tippet will help. We suggest fluorocarbon. Further, consider you positioning while fishing certain areas. Are you standing and drifting a piece of water the same way the last 10 people were. Try a different approach. lastly, if your fishing the Otter swing everything!! I'll say it again, swing everything.
The New Haven and Middlebury have put up a fair amount of challenges with the low water. But that certainly doesn't mean that you can't catch fish on them. Those working the lower portions of the river have been using stealth and low light situations to be productive. it has reached the time where the brown trout are starting their prep for spawn, we are probably 1-3 weeks off of the start of spawn. (DON"T FISH TO FISH ON REDDS) So you can expect to see some larger fish in riffles soon. Another way to have some success is to get up in the pocket water areas. the fish are less spooky and you will be able to move around easier.
Only 5 weeks left in the regular season. get out and take advantage of the fishing before its over. Good Luck and Have Fun!
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|Otter Creek||62-66||Clear||Sep 15 2014 - 3:37pm||Isonychia, Caddis, Baetis, Tricos & Midge|
|Otter Creek||64-68||Clear||Sep 12 2014 - 12:43pm||Isonychia, Caddis, Baetis, & Midge|
|Otter Creek||66-70||Just Off, Typical Otter||Aug 29 2014 - 12:03pm||Isonychia, Caddis, Baetis, Tricos & Midge (Flying Ants)|
|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|
Detailed Fishing Reports
(Photo: GMA Client guided by Dave Konopke got in on some of the notable dry fly fishing on Saturday)
The Creek fished very well over the weekend. With levels and weather looking like its not going to change much over the next week things should be ideal into the future.
The Creek has really started to light up over the last few days. The water has cooled and the coming weekend temps will get it into great fishing shape. This is the time you are waiting for. Get out and fish the Creek over the next few weeks, it will be fishing very well.
The Otter has returned to a very wadeable level after last weeks rain. the last few cool evenings have brought the water temp back down, though it may not last into next week. The isonychias have begun hatching and the fish are also very willing to chase around the nymph imitations. This is a great time to work larger dries to the Drake eating fish. Good dry fly fishing can be few and far between around here for larger fish, this is a good time to try and pick off some larger fish on the Creek on top.
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.