General Fishing Report July 10, 2020

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General Fishing Report for July 10, 2020

Hello out there!  I trust that everyone is having an enjoyable, safely distanced summer.  Conditions out there right now, especially on the trout streams are tough with the lack of rain and heat, but the outlook for the weekend might change that!  We are still looking at some warm days and nights for the next couple days, but a healthy shot of rain should really help the rivers out (and my garden!). Heat wave not withstanding, we have been getting trout for clients and ourselves over the past week or so. Focusing on cooler stretches of the local rivers has been the ticket.  And within those stretches, fishing the riffles and fast water is where we are finding fish.  Without saying, your stream thermometer should be getting a work out right now.  As a friendly reminder, for trout, if you plan releasing the fish, please do so at 70 degrees or less.  Even with temps in the higher 60's, you should be playing and releasing the fish as quickly as possible. Craig has found success with clients using dry/ dropper and tight line techniques.  A good bushy, good floating dry is super helpful for the fast water.  Yellow/gold stimulators were working for him, along with a good powdered floatant helped keep the dry floating through the faster water.  Droppers and nymphs that have been seeing action have been small Walts Worms and small Perdigons. I'll add to that list and include the zebra midge in black and red and small mayfly imitations.  Apart from the Walts Worms all these bugs have similar properties: slim bodied, very few appendages to slow their sink rate and correct size for this time of year.  By small we are talking sizes 16-22. 

Lake Champlain fishing has been solid.  Min has been targeting carp and bass, finding success on both fronts.  I did some fishing while on vacation up north on the Lake and found some smallies, and had some shots at carp and bowfin.  I was having smallie action on poppers and baitfish imitations.  Carp flies are a bit more varied; small crayfish patterns, larger nymph patterns (think Hexagenia and dragonfly or damselfly), and yes even the Mop.  Super spooky fish but a hell of a battle on fly gear.  

Looking forward, apart from rain/high water events, keep your trout nymph selection on the smaller end of the spectrum.  If you do happen to get out in some higher flows, you can get away with larger nymphs and streamers and also more of the 'junk' flies (mops, worms, etc.).  A larger stone as a point fly works well for me during higher flows during this time of year.  Stealth and lighter tippets are keys when the flows are low and clear.   Also look for areas that can provide some cover and shade during sunny days.  Terrestrials are coming onto the menu as well.  Ants, beetles, inch worms, hoppers.  Overhanging trees= shade, cover and terrestrials. As always, feel free to reach out dave@mmvt.com if you have any thoughts or questions. Thanks to all of you that have been supporting the shop over the last few months.  Despite Main Street closing next week and kids camps rolling, the shop is still open.  Feel free to call and check on hours or the availability of your needs.  (802)388-7245. Stay safe out there folks, Happy Summer!

Cheers,

 

Dave

Previous Reports

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Its been awhile, but I thought I would jump in for a guest fishing report, OCC update and some overall thoughts for a successful early season on the water.  It is without a doubt a very exciting time of the year. With the winter months all but behind us, we are looking into the slow but sure entry into warm weather and good fly fishing ahead.  I have always felt that April was the most brutal month in VT.

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General fishing report for March 29, 2019. Since we’ve last spoke we’ve lost some snow, gained a bunch in the mountains and started losing some again.  The extended forecast looks to keep the melt going, but it doesn’t seem that we’ll have any huge runoff issues, not yet at least. For me personally, I have not been out recently, but perhaps this weekend.  The Otter is a bit high and looks like it’s rising, but if you can find some slower water (but still moving) near some deeper winter holding areas that would be a good place to start.

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General fishing report for March 15, 2019. 

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After a Busy weekend of guiding and personal fishing, here’s what the guides have to report and what to look forward to. First off, just two more weeks left of the regular season! If that doesn’t get you motivated to get out and enjoy some fall fishing, then I’m not sure what will! Last weeks rain definitely had the fish in an eating mood, but it was hard to pin down any one fly that did the most work. Worms worked in the more off color water, as did nymphed and swung streamers, but as things cleared, more natural bugs like October caddis patterns and Pt’s did the work.

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Greetings Anglers! I hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy this beautiful state that we live in! Despite the dry summer it seems that the trees don’t really care and are putting on quite the display for us. And we are getting rain, which makes the trees and us happy right? The recent spell of rain seems to have got the fish (trout) kicked into feeding mode, especially on the tribs. After a couple slow days on the Creek, I had a productive few hours on the Middlebury today, with nicely stained water and a ton of leaves to catch!

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Hello Folks! Happy Fall! We did pick up some much needed rain this week, some areas more than others, but after a long, dry summer every bit helps. Locally the Otter seemed to have been the big winner, compliments of some significant downpours in the Rutland and northern Rutland County areas. Levels have seemed to plateau, and despite the big bump in levels, clarity is pretty good. Tribs did see a bit of a bump in levels, but are still low. Water temps have settled back as well.

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Greetings Anglers! While we are still in low water mode, the outlook looks promising. Cooler temps and shots of rain all next week should help the fishing out there. We were out today with a four person guide trip and found some low 60’s on the lower New Haven and upper 60’s on the Creek. We found many species other than trout on the Otter, but fun none the less. In my experience, once the Otter water temp gets in the lower 60’s, the trout become more active. Until we get really colder temps, they are usually found still in the faster water.

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Howdy folks! With some well deserved relief from the heat and much needed rain on the way, things couldn’t be looking better on the local fishing scene. Many Otter tribs started the day in the low 60’s, but are still low and clear. The Otter itself was still a touch over 70 early this morning in the Middlebury area, but I found some mid 60’s further south on the Otter. Some Iso’s, and a few caddis were around. Fish seemed to like the standard Iron Lotus, rainbow warriors, and frenchies. Pretty much what has been producing fish for people the last few weeks.

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Greetings out there anglers! As we turn the corner to September, we’ve got some very similar conditions out on the local rivers. Otter tributaries are low and clear, and although this morning was chilly, it looks like we have a bit more heat and humidity to deal with in the coming days. I was able to get out on the Middlebury River this morning and found a cool 62 degree water temperature in East Middlebury and was able to pick up a few fish from the faster pocket water in that stretch. Most fish came on size 14-16 frenchies.

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Greetings out there anglers! Trout fishing continues to be mostly weather dependent, with cooler mornings and after rain events getting the most action. Who knows, we may have left the majority of the heat and humidity behind us with this last bout storms that rolled through. At least for this coming week, the nighttime lows are looking good, so it is a possibility that some more water could be fishable in the mornings. Please do take temperatures before you start fishing. It seems that most folks are still pickling up fish on nymphs, mostly in sizes 14-16 and of the mayfly variety.