General Fishing Report July 31, 2022

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General Fishing Report July 31, 2022

Hello out there!  Despite the heat and general lack of consistent rain, the local trout fishing has been ok.  As long as you keep in mind a few things:  take the water temperature consistently, especially as the day progresses.  Brook Trout streams are typically cooler, but you should still be taking temps up high in the watershed. Time of day you are out is going to make or break your trout experience right now.  The best fishing is happening from first light through the next few hours.  With the low, clear water, any amount of sun is going to affect the trout.  If you happen to catch a cloudy day, or near a thunderstorm, fishing should be better, even for Brookies.  Obviously, staying safe around any storms should be your top priority.  As is typical this time of year, and especially with water conditions, fly selection has seen us using smaller and less flashy nymphs (think #16-18) and usually of some type of mayfly nymph.  Because these nymphs are typically slender, our imitations match that and usually achieve a better sink rate than bulkier offerings.  Smaller dries for Brookies seem to be getting more looks.  One tip if you are having trouble seeing a smaller dry for Brookies, is to run a double dry set up, with the larger dry basically acting as an indicator for the smaller offering.  

If you are interested in fishing all day, the afternoons are best spent chasing some warm water fish, like smallies, fall fish or pike.  If I am targeting fall fish no bass, I usually run a dry dropper set up.  Fall fish are not too picky and have been hitting small hopper patterns and small mops as the dropper.  It can be some fun, consistent action.  Look for conditions to remain similar in the near future, hopefully with some more consistent rain.  I trust you all are having a great summer!  Feel free to reach out to me dave@mmvt.com or Steve at the shop with any fishing related questions.  The shop is still well stocked with all of your outdoor and fishing gear needs. On another note, I've been able to spend some more time with The Diamondback 10' 2 weight and am enjoying it.  Very sensitive, but with enough power to fight larger fish.  I know both Steve and Min have been enjoying their 1 weight and 3 weight respectively.  And thanks to Min for helping out with some intel for this report.  

 

Dave

Previous Reports

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General Fishing Report for April 15, 2019

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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.