5/20/13-It was quite a weekend on the local water here in central Vermont. With last weeks cool down the water returned the 50's and was slow to warm up. Combined with the rain that is expected, and next weekend cool daytime temperatures we can expect fishing to remain good, if not great. In the last week we had 7 guide trips in, and each of them did have some solid fishing conditions and reports. Otter Creek continues to be the waterbody which has offered the best fishing throughout the day, though the Midd and New Haven did produce some notable fish this weekend. Most of the guides said that the fishing was a bit slow in the early morning but picked up noticeably as the temperature in the morning rose rapidly, somewhere between 8-9am.
The Caddis have been the most reliable of hatches, starting just as the air warms up. You could choose between the 3 different kinds of caddis that are coming off, but we aren't seeing much for surface feeding at that time of day. Caddis pupas underneath are the best way to go. The mayfly activity seems to be concentrated in the second half of the day. The amount of different kinds of mayflies coming off the water right now is almost staggering, but has given all of the trout lots to eat. Most of the luck I have had with dry fly fishing is finding rising fish in the evening and sight fishing to them.
When the water sorts out this rain we are having expect the next few weeks to be great fishing. We will have good levels and great air and water temps for the Holiday weekend. We do have a few open dates for guiding in the next week so give us a call if you want to get in on the action.
Pike fishing has gotten better and better. Some constant fishing through the weekend and the extra water in the system should ensure the continuing upward swing.
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|River||Water Temp||Water Clarity||Last Update||Hatches|
|Otter Creek||58-63||Clear-Just Off||May 20 2013 - 1:34pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
|New Haven River||57||Clear||May 20 2013 - 1:20pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
|Middlebury River||58||Clear||May 20 2013 - 1:17pm||Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
|White River||56||Clear||May 20 2013 - 1:13pm||March Browns, Yellow Sallies, Baetis, Caddis, and Midge|
|New Haven River||56||Clear||May 17 2013 - 12:57pm||March Browns, Pale Evening Duns, Sulphers, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, Baetis & Midge|
Detailed Fishing Reports
Fishing on Otter Creek continues to be almost unseasonably great. The lower water levels brings lots of fishing into play that would not normally be fishing as well. The trout have so much to choose from with all of the hatches and subsurface action . The best fishing over the weekend was in the morning and evening, with a bit of a slow down under the bright sun. However the upcoming overcast days should aoffer great fishing all day with some afternoon hatches, including Baetis,Caddis,and March Browns.
The New Haven is fishing well Top to bottom. The stocked fish have been getting plenty of harassment, but that leaves much of the river to people not seeking stocked fish. The lower stretches have had the most hatch activity.
The BASS are IN and going Crazy. the increase in water levels got the bass what they needed. The streamer fishing has been good, and I even managed a topwater fish on a popper.
The Midd had cleared up nicely this morning. Most of the suckers have moved out of the system and into the creek. So you can nymph with more confidence. I had some great luck with the golden stone nymph and yellow sally nymph during the higher water. The pocket water has been fishing much better recently and I some of the upper stretches have produced Brookie. Lots of evening hatches.
The Creek has been fishing very well. With a virtual smorgasbord of bugs hatching at different times of the day, you have lots of options. These next few weeks you don't want to miss. The most dry fly oportunity I have seen is in the evening, when the second caddis hatch is and the hendrickson spinners drop.