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
Otter Creek is just about to drop below 2,00cfs. Although it is still very high the river is becoming more fishable. Work the softer water on the edges. With the water temp increasing the fish are sure to be on the feed.
(Photo: Drew Price is at it again. With his nice Lake Champlain Trib Smallmouth.)
Really good action on all of the tribs I heard from. The big news is that the Bass are at the lowest part of the system and working their way up. The Chromers have been very active, and the stockers have offered some dry fly action.
Photo: Drew Price of Master Class Angling holding a pig of a Carp.
Drew let us know that the fishing on the Lake has been good and only getting better. Lots more info on the Lake at dponthefly.blogspot.com
(Photo: GMA Guide Wesley Butler, with a brown caught from the driftboat on the White near Stockbridge)
The White still certainly has a sediment issue since Irene. The water is off color as the river settles down still. Fishing wasn't great on the top section, but will soon pick up. We will be over there again on Saturday on the boat, so we will have more info on Monday for you. The largest selection of hatching bugs I have seen yet though.
Otter Creek is still high and dirty but the clarity is improving. Still over 2500 cfs, the Creek has started its gentile decent. With the coming forecast it will start to drop rapidly in the next few days, by mid week next week it will be fishing well. There is only so much time in the spring when the creek is fishable before it get to warm to safely catch and release trout. Watch it careful, because I can promise you, you don't want to miss it!
Also, the Pike fishing is going to be nothing short of crazy soon!