Vermont Fishing Report


Check here for Vermont fly fishing reports during the season.

Big browns live in Vermont!

 

Date:

17 Aug 2006

Time:

20:24:07

Comments

Had a big doubleheader today. The morning trip was very good with a long-time client fishing the Lamoille to start the morning, water temp was still only 65 degrees at 9:30 a.m. and we got 6 rainbows, some wild and some stocked, and 1 wild brown around 10″ or so. Then we went to a trib of the Lamoille that was only 59 at 10:30 a.m. We got 2 wild browns, and 2 wild brookies, one of which was a whopping 10″. We also spooked a BIG small stream brown that went 14-16″. In the evening I took out 2 raw beginners who had never caught a trout on a fly rod. We fished the Lamoille again in the evening after some instruction and while the water was a borderline 69 degrees, the fish were going BONKERS up top. There was a hatch of BWO’s, some sulphur like #16 mayfly, Isonychias, Isonychia spinners, and while I didn’t see many actually hatching, lots of larger light tan caddis #12-14. They hooked around 15 fish, and each landed a rainbow, which was great since we were fishing downstream most of the time. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Aug 2006

Time:

14:20:37

Comments

Water temp on the Lamoille in Jeffersonville was 69 degrees just above a cold water tributary at 1 p.m., so it shouldn’t get much more than 70 later this afternoon. That means that this evening should be ok, and tomarrow a.m. should be very good on the big rivers. Epherons (the white mayfly), have started on the lower rivers this week, and a big hatch could come off any evening this week. Look for the best trout activity on riffles above long silty/sandy stretches. Hatches consist of Tricos #22-26, BWO’s #18-22, Caddis #14-18, Epherons #12-14, Isonychia (mostly south, not much north yet) #10-14, Yellow Stoneflies #8-10, and terrestrials, i.e. Ant and beetles #12-20, Hoppers #10-14. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Aug 2006

Time:

13:00:23

Comments

There’s nothing quite like watching a 15″ wild rainbow come up and sip a #24 dry fly! That’s what my client and I did this morning on a stream in central Vt. We also rolled a huge Brown on the Winooski very early in the morning. Water temp on the Winooski above Waterbury was 65-66 degrees at 8:30 a.m. Levels are perfect right now, and the rain last night did little to nothing to water levels. We do have dry weather until Saturday night, and by then we will need a bit of rain to “freshen up” the rivers. But for now, conditions are great. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Aug 2006

Time:

12:10:42

Comments

Water temps on the stretch of the Lamoille I guided on this a.m. were 58 degrees at 7:30 a.m. GREAT for this time of year. We hit a stretch that had a decent BWO and Trico hatch with a few Caddis thrown in as well. We caught good numbers of both wild and stocked rainbows. Looks like this front that is approaching is a bit of a puppy, so I don’t think we’ll get much out of it tonight. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Aug 2006

Time:

16:04:12

Comments

I just got back from a nice time camping out on the Big C. Water was in the 50’s, air temps were downright frigid at night, and the BWO’s were hatching really nicely! My wife and I caught some nice fish on both dries and nymphs. Water levels are still up a bit on the Big C, but the fish were still looking up. As for things closer to home, the Lamoille is down quite a bit, but is really running at average for the time of year. The Winooski has much more water in it, and should stay a bit cooler, but I think all the big rivers are in great shape for mid-August! I have a busy week coming up, and am looking forward to the first Isonychia action on the bigger rivers! I sent out my newsletter on Friday afternoon, and I noticed there were quite a few e-mail addresses that were not valid, so if you were signed up but did not recieve it, drop me an e-mail at [email protected] and I’ll send you out a copy. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Aug 2006

Time:

12:54:23

Comments

Water temps on the trib of the Winooski I was guiding on this a.m. were in the upper 50’s throughout the morning. We did very well, landing 1 10″ wild brown, 1 13″ wild bow, hooked another big one, and landed another 10 wild bows of smaller size. Most of the fish were taken on terrestrials up top. Conditions should be excellant for the next 3-4 days. I will be up on the Big C for the weekend, so my reports will continue on Sunday evening. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Aug 2006

Time:

18:30:26

Comments

The front that pushed through this afternoon dropped only about .10″ of rain here in North Underhill, and wow, you can feel the cool air seeping in! Tomarrow will be very cool (60-70), and will really help keep the big rivers in great shape. No rain is forecast until Tuesday. I had a very good day guiding this a.m. with a client I took out earlier this week. We caught and released between 15-20 wild rainbows, mostly on nymphs. He hooked 2 big bows over 14″, but they both spit the fly. We also spent about 40 minutes sight fishing and trying to get a monster wild brown of about 24″ and 4+ lbs. This fish is one of the top 15 largest fish I’ve seen in a Vt. trout stream. It was amazing to watch him, but he was very suspicious of the nymphs we presented to him, and I think one of the culprits to his edginess was the colored flyline my client had. He was casting between the sun and the fish, and I’m pretty sure the Old Jumbo could see his cast, since on two occasions the fish started dropping back and doing a tour of the pool before the fly had really even settled in the water column. While I don’t think colored lines are too much of a hindrance in the U.S., I always believe in using drab olive and grey fly lines, there’s more and more of them out there to choose from. Isonychias still haven’t really gotten going yet but it won’t be too long. We did have a pretty good Caddis and BWO hatch around mid-morning. Water temps were 59 degrees at 10 a.m. on the stream we were on. Hatches consist of Caddis #14-18, BWO’s #20-24, Trico’s #22-24, Stoneflies #6-12, and terrestrials i.e. ants and beetles #12-20, and hoppers #10-14. My seasonal newsletter will be out tomarrow, sorry about the delay. If you still want to sign up for it and haven’t yet, drop me an e-mail at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Aug 2006

Time:

20:34:20

Comments

Had an enjoyable evening with a very fun client fishing a trib of the Lamoille this evening. Despite decent water temps the fishing was tough which really surprised me. We hit 2 different beats, and I got the same feeling at both locations..which was that it seemed that someone had fished through there very recently. Oh well, there’s always tomarrow. Look for a front to push through tomarrow with .10″-.25″ tops for rain. After that, much cooler weather for the weekend. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Aug 2006

Time:

13:19:09

Comments

Rain was not as widespread as expected from the front that moved through yesterday. Parts of the Upper Lamoille got some rain which has brought levels up a bit but and made things a little more tea-color than normal, but it’s totally fishable. It is still running a bit warm today down on the lower river (70 degrees in Jeffersonville at noon, just above a cold water trib), but with a cold night tonight and many more to come, things should be great through the weekend. The Winooksi came up a bit, but thats more of a result of hydro power generation than rainfall. Keep an eye out for Flying ants over the next few days. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 Aug 2006

Time:

15:37:33

Comments

Had a very productive morning guiding a very skilled angler on a trib of the Winooski that I don’t visit very often. We landed around a dozen wild rainbows from 7-12″, 4 of which we took on dries. Water temps ranged from 62-64 degrees from 7-11 a.m. The a slow but steady BWO hatch through the morning. Look for a line of pretty strong t-sotrms this evening, dropping anywhere from .10-.50″ region wide, with a bit more in any bigger storms. Some rivers may muck up a bit, and if either the Winooski or Lamoille drainages get rain throughout thier watersheds, expect them to mauck up a bit. I’m crossing my fingers! Temps will then cooldown big time, making for some very good fishing for the rest of the week. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Aug 2006

Time:

12:14:00

Comments

I actually got out and did a little fishing of my own this a.m. along with a buddy of mine. We fished a trib of the Winooski and did very well. I landed 11 wild rainbows between 7-15″,4 10″+, and one wild brown of about 9.5″. Water temp was 58 at 9a.m. We also found a brown of about 4 lbs and over 20″, but every time I drifted something by him, a smaller fish would take the nymph first! Oh well. Look for some showers late tonight and maybe a t-shower on Monday, but after that we’ve got some real nice cooler weather which should allow the big rivers to be in their best shape since May. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Aug 2006

Time:

13:07:24

Comments

The Lamoille in Cambridge is still up a bit and is a very dark tea color, but not muddy. The Winooski has come down and and is fishable in many stretches. Early a.m. is the best time for sure, though the last hour of light will probobly be ok too. Small streams are in absolutely perfect shape, especially considering this is normally the low water time of year. Look for a fairly weak cold front to push through on Sunday evening and Monday, setting off some showers during that time. It should not muddy anything. The forecast is for a cooldown towards the end of the week…perfect timing for the upcoming Isonychia and Ephron hatches! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Aug 2006

Time:

15:44:55

Comments

I had a very interesting morning guiding a very good fisherman on a difficult wild trout stream that I will not soon forget. This stream, like many others this year has been so high and/or off-color that it has received very minimal fishing pressure which is evidenced by no fisherman paths leading to the river. The trout, historically are very uptight and spooky around fisherman; but not this morning. While we caught and landed some nice wild bows up to 12″ or so; we had 2 BIG trout behave very casual towards us. The first was a big brown that actually took a nymph while I was holding my clients rod! He was busy pulling some gravel out of his wading sandal, and I was admiring his new Winston 3 wt. and was just slowly wading downstream on a 3-4 ft. flat casting the rod with it’s 2 nymphs and cottonball sized strike indicator 35 ft. or so below me. As I turned to tell him that it seemed like sweet rod, and the rig was just dragging in the current, cottonball and all, BANG! A 16-17″ brown wacked it, took some drag, jumped, and despite my previous knowledge of no snags on that flat, he found one and popped me after a minute or two. Moral of that one: Floods move debris!! Second weird situation was as we were walking downstream finishing up, we literally walked right up within 10 ft. of another brown of 15″ that was at complete ease with us for about 15 seconds or so and then slowly sauntered out into the current, but did not act spooked. I reckon if we had made a little flick cast accurately in front of him within the first 5 seconds or so, he would have eaten; but it was a shock to both of us. Either way, it was nice day to be out on the water! Water temps were 64-65 degrees at 11 am. The Lamoille has dropped a bunch but is still a mess in Cambridge. The Winooski is in the same shape in Montpelier and downstream. Look for conditions to only get better, and by the time they really clear up and lower, we’ll have cooler days and nights to fish rather than the crummy heat that has seemed to follow clearing conditions. Hatches consist of Trico’s #22-24, BWO’s #18-24, some Caddis #14-20, a few sulphurs or Cahills #14-18, and lots of ants and beetles #12-20. Isonychias are not popping quite yet, but should be starting in the next week. Oh yea, I did see some flying ants on my way home last night. Depending on your elevation, you should be finding these guys over the next week or so. If you do, watch out, it will bring everybody to the surface. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Aug 2006

Time:

20:59:35

Comments

Pulled another one of those Big doubleheader days; one trip in the early a.m., and another this evening. The morning trip was on small stream that is part of the Winooski watershed that was about 6-8″ higher than it should be and had a little color, but none of it mattered. We got 9 native brookies 5-9″, and 2 sweet wild browns, 1 10″, and another 13″. On dry flies no less! Water temp was 64-65. The evening trip was more of an instruction down on the Mad River. Water was 68 just downstream of Waitsfield, and the river was for the most part clear, not gin clear, but very fishable. Look for great drying out and cooling off weather over the next 3-4 days and the big rivers hould come around by Sunday or so. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Aug 2006

Time:

12:44:49

Comments

The fireworks show in the early a.m. hours dropped .95″ of rain here in Underhill, with some areas north of us getting over 1″. The Lamoille in turn, has responded, flying high and muddy at 2000+cfs. I think by the end of the weekend it should be ok in some stretches; and that goes for water temps as well. The Winooski and points south did not get as much rain but did bump up a bit. There are still many,many smaller waters to fish right now inspite of the rain and the heat. I will be trying to get my seasonal newsletter out by the end of the weekend, so if you haven’t signed up but would like to, drop me a line at [email protected] Hatches are the same as previous days, and they are for the most part either sparse, or flows are too high to bring fish up on them. Stick with general attractors and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Aug 2006

Time:

17:20:16

Comments

Some areas got some pretty good rains overnight and early this morning. I received .60″ of rain here in Underhill. (I have moved, about 10 minutes from my Jeffersonville home). Some areas got a bit more including, once again, the Winooski Valley and some of it’s tribs. I have not seen this area maintain such a high flow for such a long period during the season. It certainly helps the trout out during these super hot days and nights. The Lamoille is in very, very nice shape level and clarity wise, it’s just too warm at the moment. Look for relief to arrive on Thursday, with highs only in the 70’s through Monday, and nice lows of the 50’s which should cool the rivers off. I apologize for not getting out a seasonal newsletter for mid-summer, but with moving, marraige,etc. I’ve had to put it on the back-burner. I’m hoping to get one out in the next week or so, so if you’re interested in signing up, drop me a line at [email protected] Water temps range from 60 to the mid 70’s on some of the big rivers. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

31 Jul 2006

Time:

17:57:45

Comments

Water levels are high enough on the Winooski that many stretches did not reach 70 today despite the warm weather. I was interviewed by an outdoors writer from the Rutland Herald and Times Argus this afternoon on the banks of the Winooski above Waterbury. I was pleasantly surprised to find the water temp only 67 at 2:30pm. Clarity was still off -color, but I managed to land 2 9-10″ bows in the 20 minutes I fished. Not bad!! The Lamoille is as clear as it gets, but a bit lower and warmer than the Winooski. Look for some nasty weather late tonight and picking up again Tuesday p.m., along with brutally warm temps in the low 90’s. I’ll be out in the early a.m. all week with my clients, thats for sure. Hatches consist of BWO’s #18-22, Trico’s 22-24, Blue Quills #18-20, a few Cahills #12-18, Caddis #14-20, Stoneflies #8-12, and plenty of ants and beetles #12-20. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Jul 2006

Time:

11:19:25

Comments

Look for a bit of a pansy coldfront to drop through Saturday eve. to provide some drier, slightly cooler weather for Sunday, but then the heat and soup arrive again for Monday on. Water levels should help get us through this warm spell, though the Lamoille and its tribs could use a bit. As of this posting, (12:15) rain is in Addison county and it looks like once again, south of I-89 will get the most precip. I will be at a wedding in N.H. until Sunday, my reports will continue then. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Jul 2006

Time:

16:05:50

Comments

Water levels continue to be higher from the Winooski Valley south. Levels are fine from the Lamoille north, but water temps on all the bigger rivers are a bit too warm to fish right now. I did a Smallmouth bass trip on the lower Lamoille early this a.m. The water was 72-73 degrees at 7 am. Hatches consist of Trico’s, #22-24, BWO’s #18-22, a few Blue Quills #18-20, Caddis #14-20, Stoneflies #6-12, and terrestrials, ants #12-20, beetles #14-28, hoppers #8-14. Fish early and late and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Jul 2006

Time:

10:06:23

Comments

Guided on the upper Lamoille early this a.m. and found the water to be a pleasant 65-66 degrees through 9:30 a.m. We got mostly wild rainbows with a stockie thrown in for good measure. Conditons are very good in general, though the big rivers will be heating up again in a day or two. Look for scattered p.m. t-showers pretty much all week. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Jul 2006

Time:

22:45:42

Comments

Another great day guiding on the cool small streams this morning. We caught good numbers of wild rainbows and brookies on a small stream draining part of the Green Mountain National Forest. All on dries. Water was 61-63 degrees from dawn until 10 a.m. Speaking of water temperatures, I just heard a disturbing story of an outfitter in Stowe running a driftboat on the Lamoille below Cady’s Falls early in the morning when the river was a still arbsurdly warm temperature of 74 degrees, and reportedly telling the client to use a sink-tip line to “get down to them”. Well folks, this bothers me for a few reasons….first, I feel bad for the trout these guys were pestering…those are dirty tactics when trout are in thermal stress; second, I feel bad for the fisherman who went on the guides good word that the fishing was a: worthwhile on the big river, and b: that they were practicing catch and release, and c: they spent $$ for this lesson in trout fishing; and lastly, this is another experience that potentially gives Vt. fishing guides like myself a bad name. If two guys want to fish out of a driftboat at this time of year, there is ample Smallmouth Bass water below Fairfax Dam, or even parts of the lower Winooski. And there is plenty of smaller to midsize water as well. Sad story on many levels. Needless to say, with the Lamoille that warm at 5:30 a.m., and most of the Winooski around 70 or so as well, please, please give the fish a break. The Lactic Acid buld-up in their bodies after being played in such warm water can and usually does kill trout in water over 72 degrees. We had a bit of rain this morning, nothing to muck up the water which is good. Forecast for the weekend is a bit of a toss-up, with some forecasting more rain up north than others. Southern Vt. should be wet for sure though. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jul 2006

Time:

15:05:33

Comments

Had a great morning fishing with a client for native brookies with bushy dry flies in pocket water. Water temps were 59 degrees at 7:30 a.m. Overnight temps have still been a bit above average which is keeping the big rivers in pretty dire shape; both the Winooski and Lamoille are in the 70’s most of the day, even at night. I do know of one stetch of the Winooski that is staying in the upper 60’s in the a.m., but I’m keeping the location secret for now. Look for .25-.50″ of rain over most of the area tomarrow as a front slides through. Southern areas could get more depending on where the front stalls. The water table seems to be much higher from the Winooski watershed south, so fishing conditions should hold on better there at the moment. Not much hatch activity from what I’ve noticed, but make sure to have some Caddis, Lt. Cahills, Stimulators (Stones have been hatching at dusk and through the night), and ants and beetles. Japanese beetles are all over the place, and if I could just get rid of the ones in my veggie garden, I could feed all the trout in Vt. easily! For those of you interested in a guided trip, I have had no problem finding cold water and willing trout on dries, so feel free to look me up…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Jul 2006

Time:

16:44:40

Comments

Water temps on the 2 tribs of the Lamoille I fished with my client were 69 and 64 degrees. Needless to say we did not hang out on the one that was 69 for very long! We did very well catching native brookies on dries. We had a big downpour on the warmer trib early in the a.m., but most places have missed out on any cooling rains. Look for less humid weather tomarrow and then a bit of a cooldown later in the week and weekend. Please avoid fishing the Lamoille and Winooski mainstems for the next day or so as they are well into the 70’s and the fish will have a hard time surviving if they are caught and released; and certainly they won’t have much fight in them. Water levels are better from the Winooski south in the state. Hatches are the same as previous days…(sparse!), good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Jul 2006

Time:

19:30:11

Comments

What a scorcher today. I managed to find some cold water for my client on a trib of the Winooski but the fishing was very tough. Water temps were 61-64 from 6-9 a.m. Hopefully we’ll get some rain on Tuesday. Hatches are sparse and mostly coming off at night, but they’re the same as previous days. Stay cool and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jul 2006

Time:

14:25:13

Comments

Heat wave!! Expect some slow fishing with early a.m. the only real good time except for the coldest of small streams. The Winooski is still muddy, while the Lamoille is coming around but will be too warm over the next few days. I’m heading to the Upper Ct. until Sunday p.m. to cool off, reports will continue on Monday. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Jul 2006

Time:

18:42:48

Comments

Water temps on the small stream I was guiding on today were 60 degrees at 8:00 a.m. Conditions on the big rivers are as good as they’ve been all season, both level and clarity wise. They are still around 70 degrees in the late afternoon, but that is really not unusual for this time of year. Fish early around dawn for the longest duration of active fish. Evenings are only bringing fish up right at dusk. Small streams are in perfect shape though I have noticed this season, perhaps as a result of many floods starting with the big one in January, that some streams are fishing fine while others that are normally good producers are fishing somewhat poorly. But there is no shortage of good small stream fishing in Vt. overall. Smallmouth fishing on the lower rivers is heating up now that levels are dropping. Hatches consist of Blue Quills #18-20, Sulphurs #18-20, Lt. Cahills #12-16, BWO’s #20-24, Yellow and Golden Drakes #8-12, and Ants and Beetles #12-20. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jul 2006

Time:

16:18:51

Comments

Depending on where you are, you can find some pretty clear water on both the Winooski and Lamoille. The Little River continues to muck up the Winooski a bit below its confluence. The Waterbury-Middlesex Dam area is the clearest of most any of the river stretches, whereas when you get above Montpelier it gets dingy again. Water temps below Middlesex Dam were 69 degrees at 5:30 last evening. It was around 70-71 above Montpelier, and 2 tribs of the Winooski were 65-66 degrees each. Levels are great for this time of year and the Lamoille is finally in good enough shape to produce some fish. Look for a rather mellow front to push through late Sunday night and linger in area on Monday, bringing a few showers to the state which is a-ok. Hatches have been rather sporadic, perhaps due to so much high water and flooding this year, but the trout are hungary, so nymph ’em if you don’t see much surface activity. As levels drop terrestrials on top will be the major producer, especially on small to midsize steams. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Jul 2006

Time:

17:15:36

Comments

A trib of the Lamoille I guided on today was a nice 60 degrees at 1 p.m. The mainstem Lamoille is still high and muddy but the Winooski is starting to produce some fish now. Look for continued dry weather until maybe Monday, but warm weather that will make fishing on the bigger waters best in the early a.m. and at dusk. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Jul 2006

Time:

19:44:31

Comments

A nasty t-storm ripped up the Lamoille above Johnson last evening; Morrisville got about 1.4″ of rain while I got only .10″ in Jeffersonville. The Lamoille is really mucked up right now. The Winooski on the other hand, missed out on the rains and is clearing up to fishable conditions but still high. Look for dry weather until atleast Sunday which is great news. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Jul 2006

Time:

17:11:37

Comments

The t-showers of this afternoon and evening have thus far been weak in terms of rainfall which is a great thing. The Lamoille in Jeffersonville is high but has actually cleared to a fishable degree. Water temps on the trib of the Winooski I was on today were 66-67 degrees at 1 p.m. Hatches consist of Sulphurs 16-20, Light Cahills #12-16, Blue Quills #18-20, BWO’s #22-26, Hexes (lakes mostly) #4-8, Golden and Yellow Drakes #10-12, Caddis #14-20, and ants and beetles #12-20. Look for more settled weather through Saturday…Hooray! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Jul 2006

Time:

15:30:57

Comments

I had a great day guiding a client up in the Northeast Kingdom on a nice small wild trout stream. The water was high and fast, but we managed to land 10 wild rainbows, brookies and browns on dry flies. Water temps were 60-63 at 1 p.m. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Jun 2006

Time:

13:44:15

Comments

We received another .55″ of rain over the past 18 hours, with more thunder showers looming outside as of 3 p.m. Smaller streams ar eth way to go right now, the bigger waters are still stuffed. Water temps are ranging throughout the 60’s. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Jun 2006

Time:

16:21:21

Comments

Well, I see things have not let up weather wise since I left. I was sitting at a gazebo bar drinking a Goombay Smash on Abaco Island watching the weather channel last weekend noticing a spiral forming right over our heads in the Bahamas and it was that system that stengthened and went up the coast causing wreck and ruin along it’s path. Ouch, just be glad we’re not along the Deleware! The Big rivers are muddy and high but nowhere near flood stage right now. Smaller steams have a great flow of water in them and are running clear. Southern Vt. was getting hammered yet again this afternoon (2-4 p.m.) while up north so far we’re just muggy. We are expecting more rain though, so we’ll just have to see how things set up. Water temps are in the upper 50’s to low 70’s depending on stream size and location in the state. Hatches consist of Lt. Cahills #12-16, Some Blue Quills #18-20, Golden and Yellow Drakes #10-12, Caddis #14-20, Stonelfies #6-12, and ants and beetles #12-20. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Jun 2006

Time:

20:48:36

Comments

I had a great day guiding today on a small tributary of the upper Winooski today. We got a whopping 26 wild trout; 23 of them native brookies that all measured between 6-11″, which is a very large average size for small stream brook trout fishing. Water temps were in the upper 50’s. The Lamoille is now clear and fishable above Morrisville, and is high and fishable below Morrisville. The Winooski is still murky all the way up to above Plainfield. My reports will be taking a hiatus until June 29th as I’ll be getting married and then I’ll be on my fishingmoon…uh, I mean honeymoon in the Bahamas! If you have any guiding inquiries while I’m gone, please give my good friend and guide Nate Merrill a call at 802-862-4709. There are very few folks I would trust to do my guiding for me in terms of knowledge,etc. and Nate certainly qualifies. Look for the weather to really heat up over the next few days which will make the big rivers most active during cooler evenings and first thing in the morning. The small streams should fish great through the hot weather since our water levels are so good. Hatches will consist of Sulphurs #16-18, Cahills #12-14, BWO’s #20, A few March Browns #10-14, Caddis #14-20, Stoneflies #8-12, and ants and beetles #12-20. Reports will start up on June 29th, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jun 2006

Time:

16:47:34

Comments

Guided on a nice little wild trout stream today that I had not been on in quite some time and we did real well, landing 11 wild rainbows on dries. Water temp was 57 at 2 pm. The Winooski and Lamoille continue to be high and off-color; they should be in good shape just in time for the 85-90 degree temps forecast for Sunday and Monday…ugh! Otherwise, smaller rivers and streams are in great shape right now. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Jun 2006

Time:

19:57:46

Comments

As of this writing (8:45 pm) we’re getting a rain shower in Jeffersonville (surprise!) that won’t do anything to the streams. May small streams still have a little dinge to them, while others are very clear and just high. The Lamoille and Winooski continue to be mucked up. Forecast calls a chance of showers and a t-storm for tomarrow, followed by mostly dry and warmer weather through the weekend until Sunday p.m. Fishing should be very good in the evenings once levels drop to dry fly levels. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Jun 2006

Time:

17:23:52

Comments

In Jeffersonville we got about 2.75″ of rain over the past 3 days or so. Many places got less, and some smaller waters are already running clear, but high and fast. The big rivers will be off until the end of the week I’d have to say. Water temps are certainly not an issue for the next week or so which is great news. Look for Sulphurs #16-18, Cream Cahills #12-14, Bwo’s #18-20, Caddis #14-20, Stoenflies, #8-12, a few Grey Drake spinners, #10-12, and plenty of terrestrials i.e. ants and beetles #12-20. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Jun 2006

Time:

16:58:28

Comments

With 1-2″ of rain forecast for eastern and north-eastern Vt., and .5-1.5″ for the rest of the state, we may have to accept the notion that big river fishing may not be too feasable this season. This weather pattern seems to be pretty entrenched. The alternative in my opinion, is not a bad one though. The small stream fishing has been and should be excellant with great levels, temps and good #’s of well-fed wild trout. I know of alot of folks who want to go after the bigger wild fish in the big rivers, but at this point we’ve got to take what we can get! The Lamoille is at early May levels and for the most part clear, but that won’t be the case in 24 hours. Water temps on the 2 small streams I was on today were both 55-57 degrees. Sulphurs #16-18 are hatching like crazy, along with March Brown spinnerfalls spread out through the day. I have not seen many caddis hatching lately, which does not surprise me with this kind of weather. Look for weather to slowly improve early in the week. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jun 2006

Time:

17:17:45

Comments

A good share of rivers around the state are back up and unfishable; the further north and west one goes, you’ll find water in good shape. The Lamoille is high but actually pretty clear in Jeffersonville at the moment. All of the small streams on the west slopes of the northern Green Mountains for example, are in great shape…clear and good levels. Water temps on the smaller waters are in the 50’s. I scouted out a new piece of small water for an hour or so and we got 6 native brookies and hooked a bunch more using dries most of the time. Weather forecast calls for another round of rain later on Friday until Saturday, then mostly showers on Sunday in the northern half of the state. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Jun 2006

Time:

19:13:02

Comments

I had a great day guiding down in west-central Vt. on a small stream that was full of wild rainbows. We land 20, including a wild brown of around 11″ or so, mostly on dries. Water temp was 57-59 degrees in the middle of the afternoon. The Winooski and Lamoille are still “off”, but most of the tribs are in good shape. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Jun 2006

Time:

15:14:48

Comments

Another 1.6″ of rain fell this weekend in Jeffersonville, bringing the total rainfall in the past 30 days to a bit over 12″…or about 30% of our yearly rainfall! I like rain, but not in these quantities. The ground is so saturated that rainfalls of only 1/3 to 1/2″ can effect streams around most of the state. The Winooski and the Lamoille are blown out for atleast 3+ days; though the area on the Lamoille around Wolcott may come clean sooner. Most small streams are still running a bit high and fast, but they are clear. Water temps range from the mid 50’s to lower 60’s depending on stream size and location in the state. The best fishing will be on smaller water with bushy dry flies, and nymphing the deeper holes. Hatches consist of Sulphurs #14-18, Cream Cahills #12, March Browns #10-14, Caddis #14-18, Golden Stones #8-12, and terrestrials, i.e. ants and beetles #12-18. The forecast calls for dry weather Tuesday and most of Wednesday, and then wetter and much cooler weather Thursday and Friday. Weekend looks cool and mostly dry at this point, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Jun 2006

Time:

10:37:09

Comments

The Lamoille is blown out from a big round of t-storms yesterday. The Winooski is in fishable shape though it is running a bit high, and may be a bit dingy from Montpelier upstream. Water temps are already well into the 60’s on the big rivers with these warm nights. Look for a bit of a cooldown over next couple of days with showers and light rain and temps 65-72. Hatches consist of Sulphurs #14-18, Caddis #14-18, March Browns #10-14, Greay Drake spinners #10-12, Stoneflies #8-12, and ants and beetles #12-20. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 May 2006

Time:

22:08:49

Comments

This warm, bordering on hot summer-like weather has the fishing in mid-summer mode which is not how I’d like to see things in late May. We went from having the big rivers high and muddy, to just muddy, to now not quite perfectly clear and WARM! The Winooski around and upstream of Montpelier was 67-68 degrees at 4 p.m. Thats not dire by any stretch, but a bit alarming for May with this much water around. We did pretty well though landing 9 fish. Sulphurs #14-16 and March Browns #10-14 are the big mayfly hatches right now. On some waters there have been decent Grey Drake spinnerfalls #10-12, and a few of the summer sulphurs #16-18 have started now also. Caddis are steady, and stonefly activity has been picking up. Weather forecast calls for a front to wobble over us all week creating unstable conditions until Friday when it just turns to plain rain. Hopefully levels will drop enough on the big rivers that any rain does not make things high and muddy again. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 May 2006

Time:

19:20:01

Comments

March Browns are in full swing with slow but consistent afternoon activity. Some fish are taking them up top if the area does not have the sun beating down on it. Water temps on the stream I was guiding on today were on either side of 60 degrees. Water temps in general range from the mid 50’s to low 60’s depending on stream size and location in the state. This hot summer-like weather has the fish on the bigger waters behaving in a more summer mode, being active early in the am and late in the evening. Look for a bit of a cool down to the 70’s this week, and a chance of t-showers most days. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 May 2006

Time:

19:41:30

Comments

Managed to get in a couple of guided trips today before the rain/muddy water sent us off. The first was a nice guy who never cast a flyrod and ended up catching 13 brown trout! Mostly stockies, but he got a nice 12″ wild one. Later in the afternoon I went down to the upper Winooski area and we got 3 fish before the rain mucked things up. There will be a slug of muddy water heading down the Winooski and it’s area tribs overnoght tonight, so I’m not sure how clear things will be on the Winooski and those tribs for the weekend. The Lamoille was 55 at 11 a.m., the Winooski and it’s tribs were around the same temp. March Browns really came off nicely this afternoon, and we got a nice wild rainbow that was rising to the duns before the rains came. A few Hendricksons around but they’re winding down. March Browns #10-14, Blue Quills #18, Caddis #14-16, stoneflies #8-12 make up the hatch menu. In some areas look for the larger Sulphur #14-16 to start hatching. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 May 2006

Time:

20:26:44

Comments

Water temps ranged from 53-56 degrees today on the stream in central Vt. that I was on this afternoon. Water levels are still running “full and fast” on most streams. The Little river continues to dump crazy amounts of mud into the Winooski. March Browns (12-14) and Caddis (14-16) were around a bit today. Look for a strong chance of t-storms Friday afternoon, something we really do not need to see. Hendricksons are now contained mostly to northern waters, and higher elevation streams. I only have a few bookings left for the front half of June, so look me up if you’re interested. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

23 May 2006

Time:

17:27:10

Comments

It was a pretty brutal day out on the water today; water temps around 46-47 degrees and air temps not much warmer than that. Flows are still high, fast, and in some cases still dirty. While there not any fish rising in conditions like these, we saw good numbers of Quill Gordons #14, Hendricksons #14-16, and Blue Quills #18. The Winooski is slowly coming off its dark mud color, though the Little River is actually dirtier than the Winooski so anything below Bolton Dam is a aways off. Look for conditions in general to improve rapidly with warm temps and a decent drying out period. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 May 2006

Time:

13:57:55

Comments

Water levels are dropping throughout the state, but are taking their time with the ground so saturated. We’re getting snow showers in the northern half of the state at elevations of over 1500 ft. or so. Water temps are in the mid 40’s to mid 50’s depending on stream size. Conditions look to improve with warmer temps and a small drying out phase shceduled for this week. There are some clear waters to fish though they are running high and fast. Fish deep and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 May 2006

Time:

18:01:25

Comments

Wow, the last 24 hours or so have been crazy. The Lamoille and Winooski have gone over their banks and most every stream worth fishing in the state is blown out big time. I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t concerned about this spring’s rainbow spawning redds…the timing of this flooding is not good for the redds or the eggs in them. The effects won’t be seen for a year or two, so we’ll see. Water temps are in the 50’s throughout the state. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 May 2006

Time:

18:21:24

Comments

The rain continues mostly in the northern half of the state today, and rivers north of the Winooski watershed are now off-color. Another flood watch is in effect through Saturday a.m. because of a series of fronts pushing through over the next 48 hrs or so. At the moment the southwestern corner of the state is in the best shape, but they have the largest risk of t-storms tonight. Simply put…it’s wet! If you can find a smaller stream with clarity, the fish should be active and feeding well. Hendricksons should be starting to wind down a bit, and look for a few March Browns to make their appearance over the next few days. Caddis #14-18, Blue Quills #18, yellow sallies #14-18, round out the hatch menu. Water temps range throughout the 50’s depending on elevation, size, and location in the state. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 May 2006

Time:

14:33:50

Comments

The rains have finally made it north and the Lamoille and it’s tribs are rising and getting a bit dirty. The past couple of days the Lamoille and it’s tribs were the only game in town, along with a few other smaller streams in the area. I’ve received 1.5″ of rain in Jeffersonville over the past 3+ days, nowhere near what central and southern Vt. have gotten. Water temps range thru the lower and mid 50’s. Hatches of Caddis were pretty good over the past couple of days, but very few fish were chasing them up top…I suspect due to low water temps and in some cases, rising flows. Look for t-storms and more showers through the weekend…ugh. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 May 2006

Time:

14:21:52

Comments

This weather is a real kick in the you know what! It’s like a fire hose is off the coast and it’s just spraying moisture inland up and down, left and right. The southern part of the state is pretty well blown out. The central part of the state including the White and Winooski is at record highs for the date; though I know of a few smaller streams that will be ok to fish. The northern part of the state has not been hit nearly as hard and the Lamoille is up a bit, but not blown out like rivers to the south. I found some small wild trout streams today that have barely gotten any rain…1/2″ or so over the past 3 days, that are still in great shape….I have to keep those secret for my clients this week! If you can find clear water, fish it, because more rain is forecast through next Saturday. Gotta get back to building my Ark…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 May 2006

Time:

17:07:33

Comments

This was a classic example of why you should check the weather map before heading out to fish. Southern Vt. and the Champlain Valley have had steady rain most of the day, yet north and east of Montpelier has barely had a drop through 6 p.m. This bodes well for keeping the Lamoille and Winooski in good shape for the time being. Showers and light rain are forecast for all of the state over the next week, with southern Vt. getting hammered and having a flood watch in effect. Water temps in central and northern Vt. range through out the 50’s today. Despite very “hatchy” weather today, I did not see much of anything where I was. I’m beginning to suspect the big floods of this past January knocked back the mayfly population a bit, but who knows maybe they’ll come on strong this coming week. Caddis seem to be doing better, with the Lamoille and parts of the Winooski reporting decent hatches. Hatches consist of Hendricksons #12-16, Blue Quills #18, Tan Caddis #16-18, Little Brown Stones #12-14, and some Yellow Sallies #14. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 May 2006

Time:

17:58:39

Comments

The mayfly hatches have not been very dense yet this spring. I’ve seen good enough numbers that you’d think with flows 12/ to 2/3 of what they normally are this time of year, you’d still see a bit of surface activity. Despite the lack of good surface activity, the fish are around and they are feeding! I had an incredible day today despite the easterly winds and sparse hatching. Wild rainbows of 13″, 15″, 16″, 18″ and the monster so far of the year. The monster was on a run that dropped into a rather deep pool. I saw 2 “blip” rises that I was sure were from a smaller fish (10-12″), and they might have been afterall, but after 3 different dries and no takes, I went back underneath and a few feet downstream of the lower rise I got a take on the first cast. It turned out to be a taped 20″ wild rainbow that weighed a bit over 3 lbs. and certainly seemed bigger while I battled it! Those of you who get the newsletter I’ll be sending you a photo of the fish. Water temps were in the mid to upper 50’s today. Look for big rains in the southern part of the state over the next 36 hours or so, much less the further north you go. The Lamoille is in excellant shape right now and is ranging from 54-63 degrees. The Winooski is also in great shape. Caddis are coming on strong right now. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 May 2006

Time:

17:45:21

Comments

Fished 2 tribs of the Winooski today, the first had a water temp of 54 at 2:15 pm., and I got one beautiful 16″ wild rainbow. Hatch activity once again was a bit slow and drawn out…just not enough bugs to bring the fish up. The other trib was 58 at 5 pm. I got 1 10″, 1 15″, and 1 18″ wild rainbow nymphing. All the fish were real hot and strong with nice markings. Quite a bit of Caddis activity this afternoon on one of the tribs, a size #16-18 grannom. Conditions are outstanding right now, though I suspect the “consistent” weather may be why we’re getting a smaller hatch every day rather than a few big ones that bring the fish up top. Aside from the question of how much rain we’ll get in Central and Northen Vt. on Friday, the forecast looks great. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 May 2006

Time:

20:31:39

Comments

Water temps on the Winooski were around 57 at 5 p.m. A trib of the Winooski was 51 at 2 p.m., and 54 at 6:30 p.m. Did not see a big hatch today by any standard, but did find a few rising fish. We found more risers though in the evening during a brief spinnerfall. We got one 15″ bow, an 11″ bow, hooked a bow of around 20″ and 3+ lbs, and a few stocked browns. Hendricksons #12-16, Blue Quills #18, Little Brown Stones #12-14, and some Caddis #16-18. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 May 2006

Time:

17:36:03

Comments

The upper Winooski was 55 degrees at 2 pm where I was guiding this afternoon. A very nice steady Hendrickson hatch started a bit after 2 though no fish seemed to be interested in feeding up top. We did get 17 rainbows of various sizes, stocked and wild, on nymphs. Look for great conditions all week and then a bit of rain forecast for Wednesday thru NEXT Monday. If it’s light, the fishing will be great…lets just hope we don’t get a blow-out! Hendricksons #12-16, Blue Quills #18, Little Brown Stoneflies #12-14, and a couple caddis #14-16 round out the hatch menu. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 May 2006

Time:

18:35:45

Comments

I went down to southern Vt. today and fished part of the upper Battenkill for about 1 hour and caught 5 wild browns 6-11″, and 4 wild brookies 5-8″. Fun stuff! The water was 53 degrees at 12:30 p.m. I was appalled while I was down there to find that our Fish and Wildlife Department has once again made a management recommendation that just makes your jaw drop, scratch your head, and then shake it….in the midst of trying to restore the brown trout fishery on the Battenkill, the state wants to start STOCKING the ‘Kill with 1000 rainbows in the lower 6 miles of river! Incredible. It seems that our commissioner who has made his reputation on what could only be called “select sound science”, wants to get the state hatchery system ramped up because, afterall, trout don’t come from mother nature, they come from hatcheries! A management mindset that died in most states 25-50 years ago is back in Vt. Hatcheries do have a purpose, make no doubt about it, but NOT on our most famous wild trout fishery in the state. 11″ hatchery rainbows are available in over 35 states in the U.S. The purpose for stocking 1000 of them in the ‘Kill cannot be to bring tourists in to actually catch a trout on the wily Battenkill…they can stay in their own state. I signed a petition that was down at Orvis stating the undersigned were against this ruse. I would suggest any and all of you who read this and want to make a difference call the commissioners office (Wayne LaRoche) at 802-241-3730; and the director of fisheries (Eric Palmer) at 802-241-3700. Go on record showing your disapproval. Whats next…we stock all wild fisheries to satiate the folks without the skill to catch a wild fish? This is important folks. Expect some very good fishing all week as conditions should be great. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 May 2006

Time:

18:56:03

Comments

Water temps on the stream I guided on today were in the 50’s throughout the afternoon. A bitter little front came through and the temps dropped about 10+ degrees in what seemed like minutes. We caught some young rainbows and two very nice Smallmouth that are making their way upstream to spawn from Lake Champlain. The first was a bit under 2 lbs., and the other was a whopping 4.2 lbs!! Not much of anything hatching today, a couple Hendricksons, but they’ve been hatching already on this stream for over a week now. Look for some nice spinner falls starting on Monday on many streams with good mayfly populations. Good luck one the water!

 

Date:

05 May 2006

Time:

16:06:21

Comments

Water temps ranged throughout the 50’s depending on the size of the stream and it’s location in the state. The bugs did not come off very strong today; I suppose the bright sunshine and low humidity may be a bit of a culprit. Caddis should be starting to hatch in good numbers over the next week or so. The Winooski is still dingy in and around Montpelier while the Lamoille in Cambridge is clear and has healthy amount of water still in it. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 May 2006

Time:

17:15:08

Comments

Water temps skrocketed today with the warm weather. I got a reading of 54 at 1:45pm on a trib of the Winooski. The Winooski itself is still a bit murky. I saw a a fair Hendrickson hatch but because it was so warm and dry the mayflies came off the water very quick and there was not much surface activity. We got one 12-13″, and one 16″ wild rainbow. Look for conditions to only improve as the days go by. A few Blue Quills #18, Quill Gordons #14-16, and a couple of BWO’s rounded out what was hatching. I still have some openings for the week of the 8th for those who are interested in headhunting for big wild trout! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 May 2006

Time:

18:39:32

Comments

River levels have risen throughout the day and, what do you know, we’re now back up to average flows for the date! I recieved .46″ of rain in Jeffersonville but I’m pretty sure the Lamoille valley recieved less rain than the Winooski, where the town of Plainfield had recieved .67″ by around 6 a.m. today. The Winooski was off-color in the Montpelier area while the Lamoille was pretty clear in Cambridge. Water temps on the stream I was on today were once again 48 degrees. I saw a few BWO’s and about a dozen or so Hendricksons. I got two outstanding fish on a nymph today, one was a 16″ wild male rainbow that had great coloring; and the other I really wish I had brought my camera for…a fat 18″ wild female Brown that had great markings with red dots all over the place. Needless to say, the big fish are ready to eat! While I don’t usually promote fly tackle much in my reports page, I’ve got to say that the new Airflo “Ridge line” is an outstanding flyline that I believe will catch on with other manufacturers in the next year or so. It casts and mends wondefully even in colder water. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 May 2006

Time:

19:21:21

Comments

Rains spread across the state today from east to west and are forecast to drop between .25-1.00+” of rain over the next 24 hrs. We could use it. The stream I was on today had a water temp of 48 deg. with an air temp of 48 also. I saw no Hendricksons but there were a few Blue-Winged Olives #16-18, coming off between 3-4 p.m. I saw one rise, by a trout of 8-12″. I did find another big wild rainbow of 16-19″, and a monster wild brown of 22-24″ and around 3.5- 4.00 lbs. It’s at this time of year that I find these big fish in clearer water and watch their behavior and feeding lies so I can put clients on them later. Sighting is one of my strong points as guide that I like think seperates me from the rest of the pack. This brown is a crafty bugger that I remember seeing last year in the same pool; he’s about 2-3″ bigger this year and I tend to think he’s only going to rise to the biggest hatch under low light conditions. He did not tolerate me throwing an unweighted Hendrickson nymph his way since he was in only 2 feet of water…he slowly pissed off to the depths. Expect more up and down weather over the next 5 days, but overall we should not get any blowouts and conditions should be a-ok for some decent hatches. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 May 2006

Time:

20:18:14

Comments

Water temps were on the stream I was on this afternoon were 50-51 at 1:30, and maybe 53 by 3:30. Hendricksons started trickling off a bit and with the low levels, I actually found 2 rising fish and caught them both…a 13″ wild bow, and a 16″ wild bow. Nice start to the season! Expect cloudier more drizzly weather the further east one heads in the state during the next few days…big storm off the coast. If you’re looking to get out on the water on a guided trip this May, look me up, I’ve got a few days left in the front half of the month, and it should be great! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Apr 2006

Time:

16:43:55

Comments

Water temps on the big rivers reached 50 degrees by noon today, and many small streams are getting pretty low for this time of year. Once the hatches start this week, conditions should be prime for surface activity. Forecast is excellant for the upcoming week with decent temps and light rains during the latter half of the week, so things are looking good! Hendricksons will be coming on strong as the week progresses. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Apr 2006

Time:

15:46:31

Comments

River conditions around the state are low and clear for this time of year. Some of the smaller streams on the west slopes of the Green Mountains I visited today looked more like levels in the beginning of June rather than late April. No significant rain is forecast until late Thursday or Friday at the earliest. Little Brown Stoneflies and a few Crane Flies were all I saw today and water temps were on either side of 50 degrees. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Apr 2006

Time:

16:46:20

Comments

More sunny dry weather for the next few days. Cooler temps are keeping the water from warming up but by the weekend things should be warm enough to have a realistic shot at catching fish. Not much new on the hatch front other than little brown stones #12-14. A pheasant tail nymph #12 weighted will probobly be as good of a bet as anything right now. Fly selection is just not that important at the moment. Remember the Mad-Dog T.U. banquet is Saturday 4/29 starting at 6 p.m., dinner at 7. Guest speaker is Tom Ames who wrote the book Hatch guide to Northern New England, and more recently Trout Bugs. Call 496-7971 for more info. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Apr 2006

Time:

16:20:54

Comments

Another bit of low pressure moved through the area earlier in the day dropping some more rain to the northern half of the state. This has been a perfect past few days as the rains have added up but it’s soaking into the ground nicely without having too much wasted run-off. Look for some cool weather over the next 48 hours with the weekend shaping up to be a gem with mostly sunny skies and temps around 60 or so. This should get the fishing cranked right up! Hatches are still sparse at best, I wouldn’t worry about whats hatching right now if you head out; rather I’d concentrate on hitting smaller brook trout waters with nymphs, and by the weekend you may be able to coax a fish or two up top with an attractor pattern. Don’t gorget exploring beaver impoundments as well. Water temps range throughout the 40’s. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 Apr 2006

Time:

15:00:41

Comments

The rains of the weekend and today brought levels up nicely on our streams and only the major rivers like the Winooski, Lamoille, and White got off-color. We’re in for a span of cool weather for the next 2-3 days, so don’t expect much success except on some of the streams that have been stocked already. The petting zoo on the Lamoille below Fairfax Falls was stocked last Thursday, along with many brook trout streams. For those of you interested in helping are rivers out, the Mad-Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be holding it’s annual fundraiser on Saturday 4/29 at 6p.m. at the Best Western in Waterbury, right off the interstate 89 exit. Tickets which include dinner are $30, $50 a couple. For more info contact Clark Amadon at 496-7971. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

23 Apr 2006

Time:

19:34:41

Comments

A welcome rain has arrived to the state and it should continue off and on for the next day or so. River levels are rising nicely and the rain has fallen for the most part at a steady rate that won’t cause any real high water or flooding. Look for the weather and the fishing to come back around towards the end of the week. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Apr 2006

Time:

16:39:33

Comments

Another dry, sunny, and warm April day continues to help water temps rise while water levels are dropping. A much needed rain is forecast from Saturday evening through Monday which will hopefully allow spawning rainbows access to more spawning water. The state has been stocking many brook trout streams throughout the state. Hatches consist of little brown stoneflies, and a few caddis. Fish deep and slow this weekend. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Apr 2006

Time:

17:41:12

Comments

Water temps ranged throughout the upper 40’s and low 50’s statewide today. One of the 2 streams I was on today was 49 at 1 pm, and another small stream was 51 later in the afternoon. I saw a few small black caddis, little brown stoneflies #12-14, and even a couple of Blue Quills #18. I did not see any rises, or too much fish activity in general; though I was scouting out some new water to add to my guiding inventory. Results not conclusive! Hope for some good rains this weekend…we could use it. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Apr 2006

Time:

15:24:31

Comments

Another dry beautiful day out there and with the state already stocking smaller brook trout streams and the small wild trout streams fishing ok, we can’t really complain about April fishing this season! Places like the Willoughby and Black where rains and higher flows are needed to bring the fish out of the lake have had spotty fishing because of how low things are. Looks like the weekend will bring us some precip and thats good news everywhere. Water temps range from the mid 40’s to low 50’s statewide. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Apr 2006

Time:

17:45:31

Comments

Water temps in many smaller stream statewide have been hitting the magic 50 degree mark the past couple of days. The exception being the higher elevation streams and “ski area” streams that have a bit of snow pack left keeping temps cooler. As a result of theis warmer water and low levels, the state has already begun stocking some streams with Brookies this week. Some tribs of the Lamoille have been stocked for sure. Conditions should remain good for April throughout the next few days. Some precip is forecast for Saturday night and Sunday and we could use it! Those of you who signed up for the newsletter but did not receive it means I had a few old e-mail addresses; I did get 2 or 3 return to senders. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Apr 2006

Time:

14:40:34

Comments

It feels like a chilly November day out there today! This won’t last long however, Tuesday should be around 60 or so, and Wednesday-Saturday will be sunny and well into the 60’s so things are looking great. Next rainfall won’t be until Saturday when a warm front approaches. Those of you waiting for my newsletter I apologize…I don’t have Adobe “converter” so I have to outsource it’s conversion so you can all read it! It WILL be out later this evening I promise! Also, I have updated my photo section so you should find some nice eye-candy in there to inspire you to get out on the water….good luck!

 

Date:

15 Apr 2006

Time:

18:18:21

Comments

Water temps and levels varied today depending on the size of the stream and location in the state. The Lamoille was registering temps of around 45-47, while Lewis Creek hit 51 this a.m. before the rains came. I had received .33″ during a heavy downfall before noon, and it was sprinkling on and off until colder rains came in after 6 pm. We could use the rain as it help the spawning rainbows get access to good stable spawning areas. Look for things to cool down over the next couple of days (a bit of a change from the forecast 2 days ago!). The best bet is still the smaller brook trout streams. The newsletter will be out Sunday evening, I’ve been a bit busy. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Apr 2006

Time:

20:24:40

Comments

Warm weather has allowed water temps to reach levels where small brook trout streams are fishing ok; especially because the water levels are low and clear for this time of year and you can actually reach the fish. The extended forecast looks pretty favorable as well, with some damp weather for the weekend followed by highs around 60 or so and lows of around 40 for next week. Little Brown Stoneflies should start to show up sometime next week on some of the southern and lower elevation waters. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Apr 2006

Time:

15:36:20

Comments

A beautiful warm spring day will bring water temps on the smaller, low elevation streams up to the mid 40’s or a tad higher. Look for tomarrow and Thursday to be the best days yet for fishing. Water levels are low and clear for this time of year so get out and enjoy it while lasts. Some rain and showers are forecast from late Wednesday night through Thursday, but nothing too heavy. My seasonal newsletter will be out on Friday or Saturday at the latest. Drop me a line at [email protected] if you have not already signed up. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Apr 2006

Time:

18:11:54

Comments

The opening day of the 2006 trout season was as usual, far from perfect conditions but atleast everyone can get out “on the water” and enjoy themselves! In my travels today I found lower Lewis Creek muddy tothe point of unfishable, upper Lewis was in very good shape aside from water temps in the 30’s still. The New Haven was muddy in the lowest reaches but cleared up nicely once you got up towards Bristol. It’s tribs were in good shape also. With sunny dry weather forecast through Wednesday and temps approaching 60, some of the smaller brook trout streams should be worth the effort. I’ll doing my first seasonal newsletter this week so if you haven’t signed up drop me a line at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Apr 2006

Time:

20:17:31

Comments

Hey folks, another season is about to begin in a few days! I hope everyone has had a good winter and is looking forward to a great upcoming season! After a brutally warm summer of 2005 where the big rivers were largely unfishable due to high temps, I saw very good numbers of young fish in both the tributaries and the Winooski and Lamoille in the fall, so hopefully, aside from the January floods, we should have some good numbers of wild fish in the rivers this year. May is filling up pretty quickly for guided trips, so look me up if you’re interested. Also, I’ll be getting out my first seasonal newsletter next week, so those who have not signed up for receiving one, drop me a line at [email protected]

 

Date:

30 Oct 2005

Time:

17:12:29

Comments

Well, another season has come to an end, and considering how hot it was fron June 1st until mid-September, the fishing turned out to be very good. Not as good as the cooler, wetter summers, but the small stream fishing was excellant so that made up for the big rivers being too warm to fish. The biggest fish of the season goes to Roger Inouye, who landed a taped 20″ 3+” lb. wild rainbow while sight fishing. The biggest numbers day belonged to Barry Parker, who landed 31 wild rainbows and brookies during the heat of the summer on cool mountain stream; almost all of them on dries. I just want to thank everyone who hired me to teach and assist them in their quest for the best fishing Vermont has to offer. I would like to suggest that if anyone out there wants to get involved in making our trout streams healthier and improving the fishing as well, get involved with a local fishing organization of the likes of Central Vt. Trout Unlimited, Mad-Dog Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Lamoille River Anglers Association, or the New Haven River Anglers Association. There are many more out there as well, so don’t hesitate in joining. With all the environmental threats both socially and politically out there these days, the rivers can really use our help! The Winooski below Bolton Dam is open through the year, so if we do get some unseasonable warm weather, it can produce some nice fish even this late. I’ve caught fish as late as Dec. 12 on the lower Winooski in years past, so it can happen. I will be heading down to New Zealand a bit later this year, on November 29th, and returning Feb. 15th, so anyone interested in doing a spur of the moment Winooski trip, or booking a trip for next year, please drop me an e-mail at [email protected] Once again, thanks to all for another great season!

 

Date:

21 Oct 2005

Time:

16:53:27

Comments

Things are slowing down quite a bit after the big rains and the colder temps; the water I was guiding on this afternoon was 45 degrees at 2:00 p.m. I did not see much of anything hatching and the fishing was tough. Look for the rainbows and any post-spawn browns to be positioning themselves not too far far from wintering holes. More rains on the order of .5-1.5″ are forecast for Saturday night and Sunday which will make things high and nasty yet again. From what I hear there are lots of Salmon in the rip at the sandbar causeway on Lake Champlain right now, for those interested in that kind of thing. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Oct 2005

Time:

15:06:46

Comments

With record high water levels for the date the small tribs will be the first to clear and that may still take another day or two. The big rivers will be off for 3+ days. Not much else to report at the moment, but if you do mange to get out, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Oct 2005

Time:

20:43:31

Comments

Water levels on the Lamoille and Winooski are high and clear so they are fishable, but fishing in those conditions at this time of year can be difficult as the fish can be found just about anywhere in the river. As long as we continue to just get light drizzle or steady light rain the rivers in the northern half of the state should a-ok clarity wise. The southern half of Vt. is completely blown out. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Oct 2005

Time:

16:24:49

Comments

The only thing fishable right now is the small streams and tribs of the larger rivers. The Winooski and the Lamoille will be blown out for the next couple days. Water temps are on either side of 50 degrees. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Oct 2005

Time:

16:12:23

Comments

The big rivers are blown out after this weekends big rains, which fell heavier than I expected. 1.9″ fell in Jeffersonville, and the Lamoille is high, but I think it may come around before the Winooski, we’ll just have to see. Many small streams are in good shape, so there is still no shortage of fishing opportunities! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 Oct 2005

Time:

11:59:41

Comments

Look for a big cooldown this weekend with some good BWO fishing during afternoon hours. Fish will be found now on some flats that they would not spend much time in during the heat of the summer. Hatches consist of BWO’s #18-22, Isonychia #12-14, and terrestrials like ants, beetles and hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Oct 2005

Time:

20:07:12

Comments

The bright warm weather had had the lower portions of the bigger rivers fishing a bit like summertime conditions with the fish being most activer once evening time kicks in. The tribs are fishing fine all day. Water temps range from 50-62 degrees so no worries there. BWO’s have been coming off real well on the Lamoille and portions of the Winooski of late. Enjoy one more summer day and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Oct 2005

Time:

10:45:00

Comments

Fishing conditions could not be any better for this time of year, with the endless summer continuing,etc. Water temps are still in the 50’s to low 60’s which sets up real nice for when the weather cools this weekend. Look for some real nice BWO activity after the front pushes through. The Winooski and it’s tribs have been fishing great of late. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Oct 2005

Time:

17:40:49

Comments

I was on the Big C this weekend and while levels were a little fast in places, the fishing was pretty decent. The water temp was 56 and BWOs were hatching consistently through the day. I guided on a trib of the Winooski this past Friday and the BWO on the small stream were also hatching very well. Water temps around the region range from 50 to 60 degrees. Look for great fishing throughout the week as temps are above average for this time of year. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Sep 2005

Time:

16:46:00

Comments

I drove over a number of streams this afternoon after the rains from the front had passed, and none were dirty. The Winooski still has a bit of dinge in its lower half and the Lamoille is in fine shape. Forecast for the next week could not be any better for fishing, with highs in the low 70s and lows in the mid 40s. Hatches consist of Isonychia #12-14, BWOs #18-22, Caddis #14-18 and Terrestrials in the form of ants, beetles and hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Sep 2005

Time:

16:11:25

Comments

River levels are still up a bit on the Winooski and Lamoille, but should be in fine shape by tomorrow afternoon, thunderstorms aside. Water temps range from the low 50s to low 60s. Look for a blustery next 36 hours with winds 20-30 miles per hour. The forecast of wet snow above 2500 feet should make things interesting, but I don’t think it will affect the fishing. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Sep 2005

Time:

15:08:59

Comments

The big rivers have become high and dirty after the rains, but the tribs and small streams are in perfect shape. Look for portions of the Lamoille and Winooski to be fishable by tomorrow. Besides a front coming through early Thursday morning, the weather is outstanding for getting out on the water. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Sep 2005

Time:

16:24:30

Comments

Through 1:00 today, I had received .56 inches of rain in Jeffersonville. All streams in the area are in great shape, even through this rain. Look for great fishing to continue as water temps remain between 52-62 degrees in the region. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Sep 2005

Time:

16:37:43

Comments

The fishing continue to be very good right now, with the Winooski and it’s tribs producing some great fish a the moment. I guided on a part of the Winooski this a.m. and we got 4 wild bows in the 12-14″ class that were really hot on a 3 weight! Expect up to an inch of rain over the region through Monday evening, so the big rivers may get a bit dingy for a day or so. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

23 Sep 2005

Time:

18:42:17

Comments

I was on the Winooski again this afternoon and evening, and the fishing was very good using nymphs; my client got 8 wild rainbows and 1 12″ brown. The water temp was 64-65 degrees at 4:00 p.m. There were some BWO’s hatching but the fish weren’t taking much notice to them. Look for the great fishing to conitinue and good luck on the water this weekend!

 

Date:

22 Sep 2005

Time:

20:03:27

Comments

I was on a nice stretch of the Winooski tonight and while there was not much hatching the fishing was incredible, we landed almost 20 wild rainbows in a 2 hour timeframe, most on nymphs, with about 10 of them in the 11-15″ size range. Water temps were 66 degrees at 5:30 p.m. The fishing should remain outstanding as we’ll be getting a bit of rain every 3 days or so and temps cool a bit. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Sep 2005

Time:

16:36:07

Comments

Conditions continue to be great right now, with good fishing occuring throughout most of the day. Look for some showers on Thursday night and Friday a.m. to freshen things up and some more fall-like weather sfter the front passes through. Hatches of Isonychia #12-14, BWO’s #18-22, and Cinammon Caddis #14-18 along with Ants and Hoppers are the way to go right now. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Sep 2005

Time:

17:55:38

Comments

I managed to get out and do a little fishing myself today with a friend of mine and we did really well nymph fishing on a trib of the Winooski. I landed 8 fish from 9-15″, and we hooked a couple of bigger ones as well. River conditions are really nice now and we did our fishing from 1-5 p.m. Water temps were 62 degrees. Hatches are the same previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Sep 2005

Time:

15:29:53

Comments

The Winooski and it’s tribs are in fine shape right now, though the Mad is a bit high. The Lamoille has good levels but had a bit of color still in it from the rains. A pretty strong cold front will push through late tonight and tomarrow dropping some decent rains and a t-storm or two around the state. Now is a great time to do a float down either the Winooski or the Lamoille and cover some water that has not been fished much at all this summer. Drop me a line for rates and inquiries. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Sep 2005

Time:

15:29:36

Comments

Both the Lamoille and Winooski have come up a bit and are dirty after the past 2 days of rain. I received 1.4″ of rain in Jeffersonville over the past couple of days. Some smaller tribs are a bit off-color, but in general the smaller waters are in great shape. Hatches consist of BWO’s #18-22, Isonychias #10-14, Caddis #14-18, Tricos #22-26, and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Sep 2005

Time:

16:22:33

Comments

Looks like we’ll be getting big rains tonight and most of Saturday with most places receiving .75 to 2.0 inches of rain which will no doubt muck up the big rivers like Otter Creek, The White, Winooski, and Lamoille. Overall though the timing of this rain is perfect as it allows younger trout living in the tributaries to do their fall downstream migration into the big rivers and it also seems to charge up the bigger fish in terms of more active feeding. The Clyde should start to see salmon in it this weekend also. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Sep 2005

Time:

14:37:08

Comments

Scattered rains fell throughout portions of the Winooski and Lamoille watersheds while stronger storms hit sections of southern Vermont during the day today. Thus far, levels have not come up too much and I don’t expect any dirty water as a result. Fishing on the big rivers should continue to improve as the nights get cooler. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Sep 2005

Time:

16:30:47

Comments

Well I’m back from perhaps the most depressing fishing trip (though my girlfriend would remind me “it’s not all about the fishing!”) I’ve ever experianced. We were in Alberta for a week planning to fish the Bow, Crowsnest, and some other world-class fisheries and the weather absolutely screwed us! In fact, while we were in Crowsnest, it SNOWED 18″ and the towns in the area all lost their power, water (anywhere it was on a pump, like our cabin!), no gas…nothing! Ugly. So we’re back early to…record heat in Vermont…again!! Well, atleast there’s not enough daylight to really screw up the rivers around here. From what I’ve checked out thus far, the trend of the Lamoille watershed being in worse shape than the Winooski holds true. Look for a cooldown tomarrow evening, a few showers or light rain, and some more seasonable temps for the weekend. Hatches consist of Caddis #14-16, Isonychias #10-14, some Lt. Cahills #12-14, Tricos #22-26, and terrestrials like ants, beetles, and hoppers. My seasonal newsletter will be out early next week, so those of you who haven’t signed up yet, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] Thanks, and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Sep 2005

Time:

18:58:21

Comments

A nice fall feeling to the air today which signals the beginning of some of the best fishing of the year. Water levels are in great shape after the big rains, and water temps range from the 50’s to the upper 60’s statewide. I will be out of town until Thursday, September 15 so I won’t be able to give daily reports over that time. However, it is a fairly safe bet that as long as we don’t have days in the 80 degree + range, the fishing should be very good. As for hatches while I’m gone, it’ll be more of the same…Isonychias on the Winooski and Lamoille and their tribs, Caddis #14-16 just about eveywhere, some Stoneflies, mostly nymph fishing #8-12, BWO’s #18-22, and terrestrials, ants, beetles, and hoppers. I will be able to check my e-mail so those interested in booking a trip when I return, please drop me a line or leave a message on my home # 802-644-2813. My Cell # will not work in Canada. Anyhow, enjoy the good conditions, and reports will start up on 9/15!

 

Date:

03 Sep 2005

Time:

13:34:54

Comments

It looks like the Lamoille and Winooski may be in decent shape by Monday afterall. Levels have dropped quickly and there is actually some decent clarity on the Lamoille from Johnson downstream. No rain is forecast for the next 4-5 days other than maybe a shower tonight, but with cool air temps fishing conditions should be very good. Hatches are mostly Caddis #14-16, BWO’s #18-22, Tricos #22-26, Isonychias #12-14, some stoneflies, and terrestrials like ants, beetles, and hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Sep 2005

Time:

13:12:30

Comments

River conditions were still high and a bit discolored where I guided today, but the water was a nice 59 degrees and the trout were very active once you found them. My client got the biggest fish of the season today, a wild taped and measured 20″ rainbow that was easily over 3 pounds. Taken on that most popular of all patterns…#14 Tungsten Pheasant Tail. Two other fish over a 12″ were also landed. The big rivers are still stuffed for atleast another 3 days. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Sep 2005

Time:

17:04:04

Comments

I received a whopping 3.3″ of rain in Jeffersonville from the storm. Most, but not all streams were high and off-color. The Lamoille and Winooski will be a mess until atleast Monday by my estimation. As for other news, it appears a developer wants to put 9+ houses on 10 acres of land adjacent to the Terril Gorge on Kenfield Brook, a tributary of the Lamoille River. Kenfield is one of the TOP nursery and spawning streams for the whole Lamoille watershed, and the impacts of having erosion, siltation, and removal of the buffer-zone on this tributary would be devastating to the wild trout fishery on the mainstem Lamoille. Access could also be a large issue in the design of such a development. This brook is the lifeblood to keeping the trout in the Lamoille alive for over 2 miles below it’s confluence during the heat of summer. There is a public meeting/hearing on Sept. 8 at Morrisville Power and Light in Morrisville for concerned residents to speak out on the subject. One of the drawbacks to living in a largely rural state is that we as fisherman rarely show up in any numbers to show our opposition to such developments and other issues that effect our wild trout fisheries. Let’s hope we see some turn-out, or send an e-mail to the Lamoille River Anglers Association with your comments and oppostion to this development. Thats all for now, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

31 Aug 2005

Time:

18:31:22

Comments

Between 1.5-3.5 inches of rain has fallen over the northern half of Vt. in the past 24 hrs, sending the Winooski and many of it’s tribs to record highs for the date. The Lamoille is still coming up and the big rivers will be unfishable for atleast 3 days as it stands now. High gradient mountain tribs will be the earliest to clear and have decent fishing. You’ll have to fish deep or use big attractor dries to tempt fish up on these high flow conditions. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Aug 2005

Time:

15:52:38

Comments

The southern two-thirds of the state received enough rain to bring up river levels last night, however from around Montpelier north through the Lamoille Valley, river levels did not come up. The northern half of the state will get its fair share of rain from the remnants of Katrina later tonight through Wednesday with one to three inches of rain forecast from the Champlain Valley to the west slopes of the Green Mts. Water temps on the big rivers are still warm and no doubt will become off-color after the rains but the long-term forecast calls for cooler weather next week. Look for small streams that drain quickly to be the best places to fish over the next three days. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Aug 2005

Time:

17:25:06

Comments

A steady light rain fell this a.m. through most of the state though the Lamoille Valley did not recieve as much as the Winooski. Look for more unsettled weather over the rest of the week, capped off by the remnants of “Katrine” around Wednesday eve. through Friday a.m. We could use the rain so it’s not a bad thing! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Aug 2005

Time:

15:40:22

Comments

Apologies for no reports on the past few days, my web folks were dealing with some issues that I cannot begin to comprehend. Anyhow, not much new to report, though the big rivers have finally started to drop into the 60’s in the morning now. I still will be guiding on the tribs mostly to wait until the trout in the big rivers can move around to more comfy areas and not be clustered. We could use some rain, and it looks as though we’ll get some on Sunday, and then a bigger system on Thursday, with scattered t-showers in the days between. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Aug 2005

Time:

14:47:29

Comments

More reports coming soon

 

Date:

26 Aug 2005

Time:

01:10:17

Comments

 

Date:

26 Aug 2005

Time:

01:08:47

Comments

 

Date:

21 Aug 2005

Time:

21:35:30

Comments

The rains came down well for the Winooski and Passumpsic River valleys, but the Lamoille missed out yet again, and it is really low. So, with cooler temps this week, it looks like the Winooski may actually get below 70 degrees for long enough to fish it without stressing the fish. Finally! The Big C was in good shape this weekend, though it poured in Bloomfield last night while I was camping there. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Aug 2005

Time:

20:41:47

Comments

Water temps on the small trib of the Winooski I was on this morning were 58-60 degrees at 8:00 am. We found some surprisingly large fish in small water which I tend to chalk up some visitors from the mainstem of the Winooski. Isonychias have been hatching like crazy lately. Look for the northern third of the state to receive .25 – .75 inches of rain this weekend, thunderstorms aside. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

18 Aug 2005

Time:

21:17:20

Comments

Water temps on the trib of the Winooski I guided on this a.m. were around 60 degrees at 8:00 a.m. The trout are real spooky with the low water, so a slow stealthy approach will make a big difference. Lets hope for some rain this weekend. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Aug 2005

Time:

22:12:07

Comments

Water levels are at their August lows and the fish are a bit spooky in most places. We have a cool night (38-50) tonight and a cool day tomarrow (68-75), which should keep water temps in good shape in all but the Winooski, Lamoille, the White, and Otter Creek. Hatches consist of Isonychias #10-14, Tricos #22-26, Caddis #16-20, Epherons #12-14, BWO’s #18-22, and terrestrials like Ants, Beetles, and Hoppers. It looks like we may see some wet weather for the weekend, which will be a welcome relief for many streams. Goood luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Aug 2005

Time:

21:11:50

Comments

River levels dropped very fast after Sunday’s rain. Water temps this morning on the water I guided on were 64-65 degrees. The Isonychia hatch has really started off with a bang though water temps in the late afternoon and evening on most waters are a bit high for quality fishing. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

15 Aug 2005

Time:

23:53:32

Comments

The tributary of the Winooski that I guided on this morning was 62-63 degrees at 7:30 am. We did quite well landing 12 fish on dries and small nymphs. Most of the rivers in the Winooski drainage came up quite a bit from the rains on Sunday. The main stem of the Lamoille came up as well, but a lot of the small tributaries are still quite low. This week calls for more seasonal daytime temperatures but no big rains forecasted until at least Friday. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

14 Aug 2005

Time:

21:58:29

Comments

A light steady rain has fallen through mostly the northern half of the state today and along with cool air temps, conditions on the streams should improve a bit. August is normally the wettest month of the year for most regions of the state, and we are quite a bit behind at the moment. Water temps on the small stream I guided on this a.m. were around 64 degrees at 9 a.m. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Aug 2005

Time:

13:20:28

Comments

The scattered light rains of yesterday evening did nothing to rivers and streams around the region. Levels continue to drop. The Lamoille was in the mid 70’s yesterday afternoon. Small waters continue to be the way to go, along with the Big C. Hatches of Isonychias have started on certain waters, along with BWO’s #20-24, Stoneflies #8-12, Caddis #16-20, and Ants, Beetles, and Hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Aug 2005

Time:

21:43:51

Comments

Water temperatures on the trib of the Winooski I guided on this morning were 64 at 7:30. I had not been on this stream in quite some time, but the sheer numbers of wild rainbows and browns were astounding; we landed 17 fish, mostly on small nymphs. As for the next few days, conditions on the water do not look to be getting any better. The next break in the weather will perhaps be next Monday, and I still see no rain in the long term forecast. The smaller waters are getting real spooky. Hatches are the same as previous days. Look for some Isonychia action to start by the weekend. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

09 Aug 2005

Time:

01:07:23

Comments

Had a big day on the Big C today…we landed 26 fish throughout the day amidst the heat and bright sunshine. It’s a refreshing feeling to catch fish on dries on a big river in bright sunlight during a nasty summer like this one! Most of the fish ate hoppers and some Caddis. We saw a few Sulphurs (still!) and some Cahills as well. The water was in the low to mid 60’s all day. As for the rest of the state we have reached the lowest levels of the year for our rivers and streams, and while we’re not in a drought by any stretch, we really need some precip to offset these hot days and nights. The small streams are really getting thin. Well, fish early and fish late and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Aug 2005

Time:

19:37:21

Comments

Parts of the Lamoille and Winooski watersheds received some rain this morning, but not a lot. River levels did not go up too much. I was hoping for a break in the weather but it appears that the heat and humidity will continue after Saturday. Forecast for next week calls for weather in the mid-80s to around 90, with scattered thunderstorms. On the bright side, the Big C has been fishing well. Small stream fishing in the local area is still the way to go. Hatches have really been affected by the weather this summer and seem to be even shorter and intense in their timeframe. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

04 Aug 2005

Time:

20:15:12

Comments

Rains will be arriving tonight and tomorrow, just in time to keep the small streams from getting too thin. Water temps on the stream I guided on this morning were 64-65 degrees. Hopper activity has really increased over the past week. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water.

 

Date:

03 Aug 2005

Time:

21:02:20

Comments

Water temps on the trib of the Winooski I was guiding on this a.m. were 6-3-64 degrees. The fishing was pretty good though not outstanding. We did hook a big rainbow of around 17″ or so which promptly broke us off, but all in all it was a good day. The fish are really keying in on terrestrials right now. Hatches are the same previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Aug 2005

Time:

22:23:12

Comments

Had a great morning guiding a couple of guys who did real well catching all 3 species of wild trout on dries in a small mountain stream. Water temps were around 62-64. The Winooski around Waterbury is complete mud today from the rains of last night. As of this writing, (6:20 p.m.) a line of strong t-storms is headed southeast and looks like it will hit parts of the Winooski watershed this evening. The big rivers are still unfishable regardless of clarity due to lethal water temps. Hatches are fairly sparse in this weather, but are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Aug 2005

Time:

21:32:29

Comments

Popcorn variety thunderstorms are popping up over mostly the central portion of the state. Since they are not widespread or large, I don’t anticipate many waterways getting mucked up. Water temps on the tributary of the Winooski that I guided on this morning were 61-62 degrees at 7:00 am. The big rivers continue to be dealing with thermal issues and the trout are really having a hard time right now. I have heard reports of large pods of trout sitting in only inches deep water where cold seeps and feeder streams come into the main stem- this is not a healthy occurence. If you do happen upon a group of fish in a foot or less of water, please leave them alone if you care about the future of the fish and the fishery. This summer has now gone down as the second warmest summer on record. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Aug 2005

Time:

00:17:45

Comments

The Lamoille in Jeffersonville was still a much too warm 70 degrees at 7:00 a.m. today, while a tributary of it was only 60 around 8 a.m. Another larger trib reached almost 70 around 4 p.m. So it really depends on what water and when you fish right now. Look for some showers and t-storms over the next 48 hours which will be good for everybody. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Jul 2005

Time:

19:01:05

Comments

Fishing conditions are really good right now with nice cool nights and pretty active fish. Water temps range from the pper 50’s to low 70’s depending on location and size of the river. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Jul 2005

Time:

18:19:41

Comments

River levels are in excellant shape right now and we should have some really nice fishing over the next few days. The Winooski and Lamoille have cleared up nicely and the small tribs are in perfect condition. Water temps range from the upper 50’s on some small mountain streams to the lower 70’s during the afternoon on the big rivers. Hatches consist of Caddis #14-20, BWO’s #18-24, Tricos #22-26, a few Cahills #14-16, Stoneflies #10-14, and of course terrestrials like ants,beetles, and small hoppers #10-14. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Jul 2005

Time:

17:04:08

Comments

The northern half of Vt. got some much needed rains yesterday that brought river levels up to above average for the date. The Winooski got hit with a bit more than the Lamoille and is off-color. Tribs are in great shape again and with cool nights forecast we should have some great fishing over the next few days. The upper portions of the the big rivers should actually be ok water temperature wise in the a.m. hours. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Jul 2005

Time:

16:05:50

Comments

The trib of the Winooski I was on today was 62 degrees at 8:00 a.m. which is great. Levels are starting to reach their season lows so the t-storms forecast for this evening will arriving right on time. Afte the front pushes through, it looks like we’ll finally have some seasonable weather! Highs in the 70’s, lows in the 50’s. Low parts of the big rivers may still be a bit warm w/ the bright sun, but the upper portions of them should be fine in the a.m. Hatches consist of BWO’s #20-24, Drk. Blue Quills #18-20, Caddis #16-20, Tricos #22-26, and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Jul 2005

Time:

16:02:45

Comments

Finally a little cloud cover today and temps not scorching by noon. Big rivers still need a lot of help though…the Lamoille below Cady’s Falls yesterday a.m. was 71 degrees at 6 a.m., and the Winooski is probobly only a little better off than that. Fishing on the small streams has still been very good, and we just need to keep getting a good rain atleast once a week. Terrestrial fishing has been my go-to method, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 Jul 2005

Time:

01:31:55

Comments

Water levels didn’t do much after yesterdays storms that rolled through the northern half of the state, I received only .18″ of rain in Jeffersonville. Parts of the Winooski watershed did get a bit more though. Interesting article on high bacteria counts on the Winooski. My thoughts on this are that it really should not come as surprise to anyone since we are an agricultural state and we do use manure for fertilizer, and we have plenty of farnhouses that aren’t hooked up to any town sewer system, or their leechfields have become faulty. As for it’s impacts on trout, well, the reality is trout don’t care about a bit of crap in the river, they die from the ammonia and chlorine that water treament facilities use to clean the water, as we saw from the chlorine spill last year on the Dog River. As for the fishing, it’s nice to have some cool nights finally! The big rivers may be fishable Sunday a.m., and Monday a.m. The small streams are still the best bet. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Jul 2005

Time:

19:39:03

Comments

More of the same…hot,sticky,hot,sticky,etc. Can’t recall a summer like this since the drought of 2001…and while we’re not in a drought, I really would like to put memories of 2001 behind me!! Small streams will continue to be the way to go until the weather changes…which at this pace may be in November! Anyhow, hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jul 2005

Time:

20:28:36

Comments

I had a great time this a.m. with a client fishing a couple tribs of the Lamoille. The first one we fished was a little “off” as I think somebody had been fishing the stretch the night before, but we still got a few fish. Then we fished a TINY little secret stream of mine that I rarely guide on since it is real small and spooky but has all 3 species of wild trout. My client did well despite the bright sun, pretty low water, and very spooky fish. We did end up getting all 3 species there, and missed a nice brown, and a couple big brookies, but did manage 1 brookie almost 10″, all on dries. Water temps this a.m. ranged from 64-65 on the small trib to a not so flash 68 on the bigger trib. While river levels have been decent pretty much all summer, we are now approaching some low levels on a number of waters, and since the big rivers have been in such poor shape temp wise, it’s pretty critical to keep getting some rain for the tribs! We may get some rain on Friday, but the forecast for the weekend and through Tuesday is pretty dry. Small BWO’s, Blue Quills, some Cahills, Stoneflies, and Ants and Beetles are on the current menu. Nothing fancy, the key is finding cool water and not spooking the fish with your presentation. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jul 2005

Time:

00:22:41

Comments

A very weak “cool front” pushed through this evening and did not touch off much widespread rains except in parts of the Northeast Kingdom. The Winooski and Lamoille have cleared and have ok levels but are way too warm to fish still. The headwaters of the Winooski were dealt a blow this past Sunday and Monday as the Cabot Cheese Co. accidently spilled ammonia into the headwaters and killed hundreds if not thousands of trout for miles downstream to close to Marshfield. Downstream from there, the river was not effected. But that is surely a big bummer for a nice stretch of the Winooski. Hopefully we get some rain soon as the small streams are beginning to get a bit boney. Hatches are the same as previous days, with terrestrial fishing being the way to go on smaller tribs, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Jul 2005

Time:

20:39:59

Comments

Not much new to report with no change in this horrible weather pattern…I’ve been doing my trips on the mountain tribs as the big rivers are at close to fish-kill water temps. On top of the heat, the lower Winooski and the lower Lamoille are very muddy from Saturdays t-storms. Relief does not appear to be in the 7 day forecast…just more weak fronts with little moisture, and temps 80-92, with WARM nights (which are the real culprit!). Fish early and late and good luck on the water

 

Date:

17 Jul 2005

Time:

14:04:55

Comments

Spotty thunderstorms yesterday hit parts of the Lamoille and Winooski River valleys giving a boost in water levels that is sorely needed to offset this never ending hot weather. It’s not so much the highs during the day that are tough, it’s the fact that lows at night are 65-70 instead of in the 50’s! My newsletter went out last night to all who signed up for it, I hope you all enjoy it. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Jul 2005

Time:

21:35:03

Comments

Water temps on a trib of the Winooski I guided on this a.m. were around 64-65 throughout the morning thanks to a nice layer of fog. Expect more of the same for the forseeable future in terms of conditions,hatches,etc. Fish early and late and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jul 2005

Time:

22:00:01

Comments

I’m beginning to feel like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day…oh great…another day near 90…Anyhow, not much we can do about it, just keep hoping for rain and a cooldown. Small streams as has been the trend this summer are the name of the game. Some new info on the poor Lamoille…it seems that the generator on Green River Resevoir has broken and the “powers that be” have not been able to run anything through the dam other than run-of-the-river flows, so no big flushes of cold water entering the Lamoille above Morrisville. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jul 2005

Time:

00:37:22

Comments

I did a trip down in southern Vt. today and the fishing was outstanding. We fished a small stream full of wild trout and my client landed a whopping total of 31 wild trout during a full day. The largest was a fat 14″ wild bow, and the rest were a mix of wild bows and brookies. Almost all fish were taken on dries. Water temps were 59-63 degrees. The local conditions around here remain the same, big rivers are a bit too warm, and the small stream fishing remains the best bet. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Jul 2005

Time:

23:24:52

Comments

River levels around the state are in excellant condition, though with the heat the big rivers are a bit warm except right at dawn. Small stream fishing continues to be the name of the game, with great levels and temps ranging throughout the 60’s depending on location and elevation. Terrestrial fishing has been real productive and is more or less the first fly I’m tying on with clients. Japanese Beetles are really showing up in good numbers, and trout love them! Hatches in this hot weather are mostly limited to right at nightfall and often into darkness. Cahills, Yellow Drakes, BWO’s, Dark Blue Quills, and Caddis, are the current menu for trout other than those ants and beetles and small hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Jul 2005

Time:

20:51:59

Comments

The Lamoille seems to be dropping the quickest of the big rivers right now, but as I mentioned yesterday, by the time things clear up on the big rivers, they’ll be too warm to fish again! Guided this a.m. on some small tribs of the Winooski, and despite my client being a raw beginner, he did very well hooking 8 fish and landing 4, including a couple nice wild brownies and a 10″ brookie. Water temps were 61-64 degrees throughout the a.m. hours. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Jul 2005

Time:

21:49:53

Comments

Big rains have blown things out on the big rivers for a bit. Small stream fishing as I mentioned yesterday will be really good this week in spite of the hot weather due to the higher flows. Huge Hex hatches on Lake Champlain right now. Terrestrials are really producing some nice fish in the tribs. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Jul 2005

Time:

19:08:16

Comments

Well the rains have finally arrived, and in a big way. The big rivers around the state are blown out, and many small streams particularly ones on the west slopes of the Greens are really high and muddy. Yesterday I had a guiding first, while smallmouth bass fishing, we managed to land a 16″ brown trout and a 24″ Northern Pike on the same stretch of river!! Pretty wacky. Water temps on the big rivers are certainly dropping nicely but with the high water and mud, and temps in the 80’s to near 90 over the next 3 days, we may still miss out on some cool water big river fishing. The hot weather never seems to stay away for long enough this summer. The small streams will be in outstanding shape by Monday however, and water temps should be fine on most of them. Hatches are the same as previous days. My next seasonal newsletter will be out this week, so if you’d like to sign up, send me an email at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 Jul 2005

Time:

16:21:04

Comments

Water levels around the state are in pretty good shape, though some small brooks that did not get the rains of a couple of days ago are getting pretty thin. Water temps on the big rivers continue to be pretty tough; the Lamoille in Jeffersonville was 71 at around 9 a.m. The cloudy weather has been nice though, and maybe we’ll get lucky and get some light rain on Friday. Another hot spell is forecast for Monday and into next week, so enjoy the stream fishing while you can! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Jul 2005

Time:

14:29:07

Comments

I wish I could report something new and exciting as far as the trout fishing goes, but this weather pattern has not afforded us any good windows for the bigger rivers. It has been cool the past couple of nights, but the blue sky days are just keeping the Winooski and Lamoille in the 70’s during the p.m. hours. The small streams are fishing very good, but they need a bit of water pretty soon. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Jul 2005

Time:

14:05:40

Comments

It looks like we’ll be getting some pretty strong t-storms later today which may muck up a few tribs to the big rivers for a bit. I would expect that most will be in ok shape by Saturday a.m. after thaving the night to drop and clear. The Hex hatch on the Northeast Kingdom lakes is going strong right now. Water temps on the small streams will be fine thoughout the weekend, but the Lamoille and Winooski as well as the White will be in the 70’s still. Hatches consist of Caddis #14-20, Lt. Cahills #12-16, Sulphurs #16-20, BWO’s #20-24, Drk. Blue Quills #18-20, Yellow Drakes #10-12, and terrestrials like beetles, ants, and some small hoppers. My next report will be Sunday evening, and just another reminder for anyone who would like to get on my seasonal newsletter list, send me an e-mail at [email protected] The next issue will be out around the 15th. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Jun 2005

Time:

21:55:15

Comments

Southern Vt. got hammered with rain yesterday, with lesser amounts the further north one goes. The Winooski in Waterbury did not come much at all, and is still too warm. The N. Branch of the Lamoille got torrential rains and has muddied the already low and warm Lamoille mainstem. The Big C got big rains also, but in general the northern rains were spotty. Guided this a.m. on a mountain stream with an outstnding young angler and we did very well, landing 13 wild brookies, browns and rainbows, most on dries. Water temp on this stream was 62 deg. at 6 a.m. Hatches are the same as previous days, along with a bit of Yellow Drake activity on the big rivers (kind of pointless with the warm water!). Big t-storms are expected Friday p.m. so we’ll have to see how the river conditions hold up. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Jun 2005

Time:

19:44:08

Comments

Some heavy rains have fallen over the southern half of the state today, and as of this writing (3:45 p.m.), the Winooski watershed is getting some pretty decent rains in some areas. The Lamoille Valley looks like it may get a rainfall as well this afternoon. These heavy t-storms will make some small tribs muddy and high, so keep that in mind when heading out tonight. Other than the hot weather, tomarrow should be a good day on the mtn. tribs that recieve rain today. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Jun 2005

Time:

21:36:29

Comments

Well, Morrisville Power and Light has reached an all-time low…in more ways than one! A record low for the date on the Lamoille below Cady’s Falls has put the trout fishery in a very unhealthy situation. Please don’t attempt to trout fish on this stretch until we get rain and cooler temps…the fish are under severe stress. The Winooski is also warm, but as of this writing, GMP is running water down through Montpelier, and it’s raining from Waterbury/Montpelier upstream which is just what the doctor ordered! More warm weather forecast until Saturday, so fish at dawn and at dusk, or hit the small mtn. streams for brookies,etc. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Jun 2005

Time:

22:15:54

Comments

Conditions on the big rivers continue to be real bad, and with folks like Morrisville Power and Light running the flows down the Lamoille, things are extremely difficult for the fish. The tribs continue to be the name of the game, but we’ll need some rain regardless pretty soon here. Hatches are happening right at dark, and are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Jun 2005

Time:

00:06:12

Comments

More hot steamy weather today and for the next 3 days with high temps around 90 or so. The name of the game will be small streams and smallmouth bass fishing on the lower river systems. Trout fishing on the Winooski and Lamoille mainstems is not advised if you want the trout to survive after you release them. My next newsletter will be out in a couple of weeks so if you haven’t signed up already, drop me a line at [email protected] Thanks and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Jun 2005

Time:

23:53:36

Comments

I was up on the Big C thursday night and Friday and the fishing is really starting to turn on up there. Flows were still a bit “fast”, but fish were still coming up and smacking BIG terrestrial patterns and Drakes. Water temps were the best part…58-62 degrees…all day! Now for the Winooski and Lamoille…well, I wouldn’t even boter in this heat to fish in the afternoon or evening, the water is just too warm for releasing fish properly. Anyone who tells you they’re fishing great is full of it. The tribs are in ok shape, but even they will fish best early in the a.m. or during the last hour of light or so. Night fishing will be a viable option as long as this kind of weather continues. If anyone is interested in booking a “night trip”, look me up and we’ll find a good timeframe. The biggest fish in any river system are always the most active at night during the heat of summer! Mountain streams are still in fine shape as well. Hatches are the same as previous days, and look for the Hex hatch to get roaring this coming week on the Northeast Kingdom lakes. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 Jun 2005

Time:

22:10:16

Comments

Last nights rain did little to the big rivers but puffed up a few smaller tribs to the point of being a bit dingy. The Lamoille continues to drop like a rock, and the trib of the Lamoille I guided on today was 60-64 degrees around mid-day. I had a raw beginner out who was great sport and he managed to hook 10 fish, and land 8..a mix of wild and stocked browns, wild rainbows, with the fish of the day being a beautiful 14-15″ wild female Brown that cleared the water twice. A cool night tonight will help drop water temps before the big warm-up tomarrow and Friday(near 90 ugh!) Hatches consist of Sulphurs #16-18, Lt. Cahills #12-16, BWO’s #18-22, Drk. Blue Quills #18, Caddis #14-18, Stones #8-14, and of course, ants and beetles. I’ll have my next update on Saturday, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Jun 2005

Time:

22:19:13

Comments

Water levels and clarity continue to improve on the Lamoille and Winooski, though the lower half of the Winooski is still out of order. Other than some possible t-storms in the northern half of the state tonight, we’re looking pretty good. Tomarrow is supposed to be nice and cool with highs of 67-75, and they’re actually calling for a possible FROST in the Adirondacks tomarrow night, with temps in northern Vt. dropping to the upper 30’s to around 40…excellant! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jun 2005

Time:

22:54:50

Comments

Surprisingly, the Lamoille really shaped up overnight, with 2-3 ft. of visability down in Cambridge. The Winooski is still real dingy. Big C has dropped quite a bit and may be in good shape for the end of the week and weekend. Tribs are in great shape and fishing should be great over the next week. Water temps range from the mid 50’s to upper 60’s today. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jun 2005

Time:

00:00:54

Comments

River conditions on the Lamoille, Winooski, and the Big C are still muddy and high; and it looks like a good 3 days for each of them to come around. Most of the tribs to these rivers however, are in good shape with cool water temps. The Lamoille below Johnson was 58 this a.m., and a major trib of the Lamoille was 55-56 deg. The folks I guided this a.m. were raw beginners and did pretty well, hooking 6 and landing 4 for their first flyrod caught fish. All the fish were in the 9-12″ bracket. Look for decent fishing in the tribs and hopefully we’ll get some good action on the big rivers before things heat up again. Hatches consist mostly of Caddis, Sulphurs #16-18, Lt. Cahills, Stoneflies, and Terrestrials like ants and beetles. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Jun 2005

Time:

20:09:59

Comments

Most of the Winooski watershed is unfishable to high muddy water, but the Lamoille is in far better shape; with almost 2 ft. of visability down in Cambridge. I have received 1.7″ of rain from Tuesday a.m. thru Friday at noon. Some of the smaller tribs are in fine shape. Things should look up as the weekend progresses. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Jun 2005

Time:

16:51:07

Comments

The big rivers are blown out after yesterdays big rains, and most of the Winooski’s tribs are mucked up as well. Not a great thing for right now, but we needed the rain, and best of all these cool temps that come with it. The Winooski will probobly be off color for atleast 2 days. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jun 2005

Time:

21:51:58

Comments

Well the weather is finally breaking with some nice rains this afternoon. Fishing conditions have been quite difficult over tha past few days, with the big rivers hitting the 70’s every afternoon, and only dropping into the upper 60’s at dawn. 2 tribs of the Lamoille I guided on today were 60 and 67 respectively. Hatches should come off at a more respectable time with the cooler weather forecast over the next 5 days. We really could use all the rain we can get right now. Caddis #14-16, Sulphurs #16-18, Lt. Cahills #12-16, Stoneflies, #6-12, and terrestrials round out the current menu. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Jun 2005

Time:

21:37:51

Comments

Well we’re finally getting some rain around here; in fact Washington Co. (Waterbury thru Plainfield) has a flash flood watch in effect till 7:45 p.m. Not the best way of getting rain, but I’ll take it. The Winooski below the Huntington was 67-68 at 8 a.m. Down in Williston it was 70 at 11 a.m. Big heat is forecast for the weekend so fish early and late. I’ll be up on the Big C for the weekend so my reports will continue Sunday eve. or Monday a.m. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jun 2005

Time:

23:18:01

Comments

Ouch! We need rain…the Lamoille below Johnson was 67-68 degrees at 6:45 a.m., a major trib was 63 at 8:00 a.m. which wasn’t too bad. Another trib was 66 at 2 p.m., which also wasn’t bad considering how low things are getting. Let’s hope for some rain soon. Hatches are the same as previous days, and are happening right at dark. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jun 2005

Time:

01:38:19

Comments

I think this summer is already warmer than last summer! A line of thunderstorms rolled thru the state yesterday from about the Winooski valley south, but left the Lamoille and Northeast Kingdom high and dry. We’ve had no measurable precip yet this month in Jeffersonville which is not good. The Lamoille is already in the low 70’s in the late afternoon, so I’ll only be guiding on it at dawn until the weather breaks. Levels are ok for now on the big rivers, but the hatches are occuring right at nightfall. Small streams are are still in good shaoe but will need rain within a week or so. Hatches include March Browns #10-14, Sulphurs #16-18, Lt. Cahills #12-16, Brown Drakes #10-12, Caddis #16-18, BIG Stoneflies, and terrestrials in the form of ants and beetles. Fish early or right at dark and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jun 2005

Time:

01:28:34

Comments

I think this summer has already been warmer than last summer! A line of thunderstorms came through Vt. yesterday from about the Winooski watershed south, but the Lamoille and Northeast Kingdom were left high and dry. We’ve had no measureable precip yet this month, and thats not good. Water temps on the Lamoille are in the low 70’s already during the late afternoon hours, so I’ll only be guidng on it at dawn until the weather breaks; and the forecast does not look too flash…more heat Friday-Monday, low 80’s with only a chance of t-showers each day. Levels are ok for now, but we need a “freshener”. Hatches are occuring right at dark. Those interested in night-fishing, I guess my season for that has begun! It can be a fun, mysterious way of hooking up with some big fish though, so please inquire if you’re interested. Small streams are still in good shape, but will need rain in a week or so. Hatches consist of March Browns #10-14, Sulphurs #16-18, Light Cahills #12-16, Brown Drakes #10-12, and Caddis #16-18, big stoneflies, and terrestrials in the form of ants, and beetles. Fish early or right at dark, and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Jun 2005

Time:

14:33:49

Comments

I can’t wait for this weather to break; it’s just too warm for this time of year. The Winooski around Waterbury was 65 at 5:30 a.m. yesterday, though the “powers that be” must have released some water from way upstream as the river just below Montpelier was only 68 at 7:30 p.m. I guided on a small mountain trib yesterday and we did very well, landing 15 wild brookies and browns. The water on the trib was 62-66 degrees. Another Winooski trib had a temp of 66 at 6:00 p.m. Caddis seem to be the big thing right now; I have not been impressed by the numbers of March Browns this year. The Brown Drake hatch has started on the Lamoille but this weather is just awful for fishing it, with the river hitting 70 and the bugs hatching right at dark. Hopefully we’ll get some rain tonight and Monday…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Jun 2005

Time:

21:21:00

Comments

I forgot what hot weather was like after last summer’s cool, drizzly ways! Last night at 8 p.m. the Winooski in Montpelier was 66 deg. A trib. of the Winooski was 64, and the Lamoille in Jeffersonville was 66 at 11 a.m. today. Water temps may peak out near 70 today. Last night was strange as very little hatch activity occured and fish weren’t really as active as one would hope for. We did get a nice 16″ wild rainbow nymphing however. Look for Sulphurs #14-18, and the Brown Drakes #10-12 to start hatching now. As long as this weather holds, the best fishing will be first thing in the a.m. and late in the evening. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Jun 2005

Time:

20:43:23

Comments

Wow, summer arrives just like that! Areas around the northern part of the state saw some spotty downpours yesterday and some rivers are up quite a bit, especially in the Northeast Kingdom where streams like the Black and the Clyde were blown out. The Winooski and Lamoille are up a bit but totally fishable. Hatches consist of Caddis #14-16, M. Browns #10-14, Sulphurs #14-18, and stoneflies nymphs…as big as you want to go! Brown drakes should start soon. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

31 May 2005

Time:

23:44:44

Comments

Water temps on the Lamoille in Cambridge were around 60 this afternoon, and in the upper 50’s on it’s tribs. I took out a raw beginner today and we had a blast on the water. Lots of caddis around, a few HUGE Stoneflies are fluttering around and March Browns are there for the taking as well. Water levels on the Lamoille and Winooski are very healthy at the moment, so temps should be ok through the end of week 80 degree weather. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 May 2005

Time:

23:55:17

Comments

I’m back from a whirlwind tour of Vt., the Catskills and the Ausable in N.Y. and despite the weather, my friends from British Columbia and I had a great time and caught some nice fish. The fishing on the Delaware system was slow as they have no water, and the Ausable was “ok”, caught some nice hatchery browns as usual. But the biggest fish were actually seen and caught in good ‘ole Vt. and yesterday a beatiful 17″ wild rainbow took the prize as “quality fish” of the week. Fishing has been good in general, all rivers are stocked by now; water temps range throughout the 50’s, and will be in the low 60’s by weeks end. March Browns have come on stron now along with lots of Caddis. Brown Drakes on the Lamoille should start by weeks end. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 May 2005

Time:

18:57:13

Comments

Yesterday I witnessed perhaps the biggest Hendrickson hatch I have ever seen on the Lamoille; fish were rising everywhere and my client had a ball trying to catch them amongst a blanket of mayflies. We small stream fished in the a.m. and also did well there, getting all 3 species of wild fish. Water temps on the Winooski were 50 this a.m. and low 50’s yesterday on the Lamoille and about the same on the small streams. I will be out of town for the next week so look for my reports to continue on Memorial Day weekend. In the meantime, get out and fish, conditions are great, and look favorable all next week. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 May 2005

Time:

15:43:19

Comments

Water temps range from the upper 40’s to mid 50’s and most rivers and streams did not get mucked up by the light rains we had this weekend. Good fishing weather is forecast throughout the week, so make sure top get out there. Blue Quills #16-18, Hendricksons #12-16, Lil Yellow Stones #12-16, and Caddis #14-16 make up the hatches. Those who signed up for the newsletter should be receiving it sometime today. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 May 2005

Time:

16:30:24

Comments

Thankfully no big rains are forecast for this weekend or over the next few days, but it will be overcast and a bit cool. I think the fishing will actually be quite good! The Lamoille is in very good shape, and the Winooski is coming around nicely, with the upper stretches in fine shape, and the section below Middlesex Dam doing well courtesy of plenty of clear water entering from the Mad River. Look for Hendricksons #12-16, Blue Quills #18, Lil Brown Stones #12-14, and the beginnings of a tiny bit of tan caddis #14-16 activity. Spinnerfalls of Hendricksons should be pretty good over the next few days. I’ll be sending out my comprehensive newlsetter tomarrow eve. so if you’d like to get on the mailing list drop me a line at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 May 2005

Time:

00:21:00

Comments

Surprisingly, water temps stayed in the low to mid 50’s today after a cold night, and a blustery day today. My clients did very well on the Winooski on both stocked and wild rainbows. Hendricksons dribbled off most of the afternoon, but air temps dropped a bit fast for any spinnerfall activity. Nothing was mucked up after last night’s showers. One last call for signing up to recieve my first of a series of seasonal newsletters with more detailed info on hatches, fishing news, tactics,etc. Drop me a line at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 May 2005

Time:

23:17:48

Comments

A bizarre day on the water today; the fish were not very co-operative where I was guiding. The hatchery fish I hoped to provide for my raw beginners seemed complacent at best! Water temps on a trib of the Winooski was a whopping 58-59 deg. at 3:00 p.m. The Winooski in Waterbury was also in the mid 50’s. We’ve got a major cooldown coming up tomarrow and rain for Sat. p.m. and Sunday, so things may be a bit tough over the next couple of days. Look for more Blue Quill activity. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 May 2005

Time:

01:49:45

Comments

With temps approaching 80 today, water temps skyrocketed to the mid and upper 50’s in some places. A trib of the Lamoille was 52 at noon, and the Winooski trib I guided on today was 55 at 2:30 p.m. The Hendrickson hatch was more drawn out today and not as intense as the day before. Fish finally started rising late in the day and at dusk. Not much of a spinnerfall yet. We did well though, 4 wild bows 11-16″. Look for Blue Quills #18 later in the week after the big front pushes through and we get some showery, cooler weather. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 May 2005

Time:

20:39:49

Comments

Water temps on the Winooski and it’s major tribs were in the lower 50’s today and the Hendricksons came off pretty darn good, but the trout I saw were not quite ready to be feeding on top yet. As the week progresses and water levels drop a bit and warm, fish will start hitting dries. The Lamoille is in good shape as well. My first seasonal newsletter will be coming out on the 15th, so if you haven’t signed up yet at [email protected] , please do! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 May 2005

Time:

20:45:51

Comments

Managed to get out on the water myself for a bit today and had a great time. I fished part of the Winooski watershed and hooked 4 wild bows and landed 3 in about 90 minutes time. They were all in the 10-12″ class, in great shape, and took nymphs. The water was still only in the upper 40’s and with levels still a tad high, surface activity is still a couple of days away. I saw Blue Quills hatching at about 1:15 p.m., and I saw my first Hendricksons of the year on the Winooski around Montpelier at their usual prompt time of 2:30. The Winooski is still pretty dingy but should come around in a day or two provided we don’t get too much rain this weekend. It appears a storm system will hug the coast closer than earlier thought, which will give us .20-.50″ of rain to most of Vermont. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 May 2005

Time:

16:47:03

Comments

After a cool start to the morning things are warming up nicely. Water temps are in the upper 40’s this afternoon, and will be hitting the lower 50’s this weekend which should start to trigger some Hendricksons #12-14 in hatching. The lower half of the Winooski is still a bit dirty, but the Lamoille is clear enough to fish now, and I’m sure the upper Winooski is in similar shape. The weather is finally coming around and we’ll see some really good fishing next week! The Lamoille trophy trout zone was stocked on the 27th of April and levels are low enough now to give it a whirl. The Winooski trophy zone was sheduled for today, but it may be pushed back a couple of days, we’ll see. Good luck on the water this weekend, and don’t forget to sign up for the detailed seasonal newsletter at [email protected]

 

Date:

02 May 2005

Time:

16:10:46

Comments

Cool than normal weather continues and I’ll be honest in saying the fishing is still a bit slow. I was in southern Vt. on Saturday and it really poured down in Manchester. We only got about .22″ of rain here in Jeffersonville. Water temps are still only in the 40’s, so mayfly activity has been on hold with the exception of a very few Blue Quills #18. Warm weather is forecast from Thursday on, so things should really get going at the end of the week. I just want to thank all of you out there who have signed up for my seasonal newsletter (more detailed reports,hatches, tactics, insights,etc.), and if anyone else is interested, please drop me a note at [email protected] Water levels are fine on the small streams, but the Winooski and Lamoille are still blown out. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Apr 2005

Time:

16:13:02

Comments

Another solid rainfall over the past 48 hours; .90″ here in Jeffersonville, with a fresh covering of snow above 2000ft. or so. Many tribs to the Lamoille are off-colored and high, but not all of them. Needless to say, the Lamoille and Winooski are close to bankfull and with more rain for Saturday p.m. and Sunday a.m. things aren’t looking great for the big rivers. Water temps range throughout the 40’s, with some of the rivers in southern Vt. hitting the 50 degree mark. I’ll be heading down to the Manchester area on Saturday to check out the rivers in that area. My next update will be Sunday p.m. or Monday a.m. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Apr 2005

Time:

17:12:33

Comments

Water temps range throughout the 40’s today as more rain has been falling off and on so far. The rain is falling at a pace that isn’t real bad for the smaller rivers, but the colder than normal temps accompanying it are not helping the trout activity. It appears more rain is forecast for the weekend as well. Little Brown stones #12-14 are becoming more common. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Apr 2005

Time:

20:18:24

Comments

The big rivers are still dirty, and the further south one goes in the state, the smaller waters are pretty high also, but most are clear. Another 1-2″ of rain is forecast for Wednesday a.m.-Thursday a.m., so most waters will be in rough shape towards the end of the week. Just another reminder, those of you interested in signing up for my seasonal newsletter which will contain more detailed info on hatches, tactics, river “news”, etc. send me an a-mail at [email protected] The first one will be out around the 15th of May. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Apr 2005

Time:

16:52:42

Comments

A wet weekend was had by all throughout the state; I recieved only about 1.00″ from Friday thru Monday a.m., but many places in southern Vt. received 2-3″ which will put a # of the southern waters out of order for a bit. The Winooski and Lamoille are still high and dirty, but many tribs up around here a clear and running just a bit “fast”. Fishing will be tough thru the week as another 1-2″ of rain is forecast Wednesday-Thursday. But things will come around soon enough, and the brook trout are actually a bit active already in some of the smaller brooks. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 Apr 2005

Time:

14:12:29

Comments

Another beautiful sunny day and water levels will be dropping nicely ahead of more rain this weekend. It’s good to get the rains now before the fishing really picks up in May. Not much new hatching out there aside from some small black and brown stoneflies #12-14, and a few #16 black caddis which the trout around here seem to ignore anyway! For those of you interested, I’ll be doing a seasonal “newsletter” with more detailed insights into the fishing, tactics, hatches, fishing “news”,etc. I’ll be sending them out around 5/15, 7/15, and 9/15, and 12/1. If you’re interested in receiving one via e-mail…drop me a line at [email protected] Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Apr 2005

Time:

20:48:47

Comments

About .66″ of rain fell across the northern 2/3 of the state yesterday which is just what the doctor ordered; it’s been a real dry start to the spring. The Winooski and Lamoille are back up and dirty, but most of the tribs are in good shape. Water temps have cooled a bit and with more rain forecast for the weekend it’s going to be a tough few days out there. I expect things to really pick up in a week or so. Fish slow and deep and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Apr 2005

Time:

22:24:24

Comments

Another fine weekend, with temps between 65-72 the small streams warmed up nicely with some approaching near the 50 degree mark, provided they had little to no snow at the headewaters. The Lamoille and Winooski are dropping and may be clear enough in the upper stretches by Wednesday. As for anything hatching, we’ve got some small black stoneflies #14, but you’re better off fishing a slightly larger attractor pattern real deep and slow, it has to be a dead-drift. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Apr 2005

Time:

21:28:52

Comments

The sunny, dry, and cool weather continues and water levels are dropping fast on the smaller rivers and streams that have little snowmelt left. The big rivers are still off color but dropping as well. Water temps are still only in the mid 30’s to 40 or so, but you’ll find the smaller waters warming quickly this weekend as air temps are forecast to be in the mid 60’s with lows of around 40. This should result in some realistic hopes of catching some brookies and browns in these small streams. Fish the deep pools as fish are still in their wintering spots. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Apr 2005

Time:

22:31:30

Comments

The opening week of trout season has opened with some pretty chilly weather; reaching only the low to mid-40’s today. Aside from a few showers for Tuesday eve., the forecast is calling for warmer and warmer weather each day this week, with this coming Sunday reaching perhaps near 70 degrees! Water levels and clarity on the smaller streams is actually very good for this time of year, and this weekend may see some good oportunities for catching some fish. The big rivers are still largely unfishable due to high, dingy water. Good luck out there!

 

Date:

06 Apr 2005

Time:

15:11:24

Comments

Well a new season is upon us, and speaking for myself, I’m really excited about it! We did not have as harsh of a winter as the previous 2 years, and combined with very good numbers of young wild rainbow and browns in both the Winooski and Lamoille watersheds, we should have a really good year. We had our big spring runoff this past week, and the rivers are dropping rapidly and clearing for the opening day this Saturday. The only thing we’ve been missing is some real warm weather to boost water temps, but that’ll happen soon and when it does the fishing will turn on. As I try to do every year, I’ve revised my selection of waters that I guide on, adding some new ones or dropping ones that aren’t giving me good standards for my clients. Now is a great time to book a trip as some great time frames are still available! I will start regular reports this coming monday, 4/11. Good luck this weekend!

 

Date:

29 Oct 2004

Time:

16:11:06

Comments

Well another season is about to come to a close, and I just want to thank all my clients for a great season! We had very good fishing for most of the year aside from a few high water episodes which I’ll gladly take over a heatwave/drought any day. If you’re interested in booking a trip for next year, you may want to wait until I return from New Zealand on Jan. 11. If not, I’ll be setting up a new e-mail address while I’m down there which hopefully will be [email protected] If that doesn’t work, just call and leave a message. Once again, thanks to everyone, and I look forward to getting out on the water next spring with all of you!

 

Date:

20 Oct 2004

Time:

17:14:57

Comments

With dry but slightly cooler than average weather forecast over the next few days, fishing will remain good, though the fish in the faster water will demand nymphs put right between their pectorals so to speak! They will not chase much in fast, cold water. The other “angle” is rising fish on the slow flats as we did yesterday on the Lamoille; a very enjoyable but somewhat challenging proposition for some. It requires patience, timing and some soft wading. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Oct 2004

Time:

23:29:44

Comments

I guided on the Lamoille this afternoon and the fishing was outstanding! We fished down low in Canbridge, and had rising fish eating BWO’s all over the place. Between 2 decent anglers, they hooked 23 and landed 13 fish in around a half days time…very good for any time of the year! Water temps are in the mid 40’s right now, so the fish aren’t chasing much, but they are still “looking up”. The Winooski has been fishing well also. Hatches consist mostly of just BWO’s with the odd Isonychia. However, casting ant patterns is still producing fish. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Oct 2004

Time:

22:03:31

Comments

Both the Lamoille and the Winooski are fishing very well for this time of year. Many fish have fallen back onto the flats on the Lamoille, and I’ve seen good numbers of fish, mostly wild, down here in Jeffersonville and Cambridge. BWO’s have been hatching most afternoons on the Lamoille. The Winooski is seeing more Isonychias. Rain is expected on Friday and Friday night, but we need it, and I think fishing will be decent into next week. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Oct 2004

Time:

02:40:17

Comments

Fishing conditions continure to be outstanding for this time of year, and with water levels a bit low, the trout are still rising quite a bit. Most of the bigger fish will still be taken on nymphs, but all in all things are real good right now. Hatches consist of BWO’s #18-22, Isonychias #12-14, October Caddis #10, and tan caddis #14-16. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 Oct 2004

Time:

02:10:28

Comments

Afte taking some beginners out on the Lamoille this a.m., I managed to slip out on the Winooski this eve. with a friend of mine and did very well. Between the 2 of us, we landed around 15 wild rainbows, and 1 wild brown of 12″. The bows ranged from 8-17″, with 7 of them over 12″. All in just under 2 hrs time! All on tungsten nymphs, princes and stones. Water on the Lamoille was 47-48 at 11 a.m. Winooski was around 50 or so this eve. I’ll be guiding and then out of town this weekend, so I’ll be doing my next report on Monday. Hatches, what little there are of them, are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Oct 2004

Time:

00:07:52

Comments

Water temps on the big rivers are in the mid-50’s which is pretty good for this time of year. A big cooldown forecast for Tuesday, but we should be ok for the next week of so, as no cold rains/snow are forecast. Hatches seem to be pretty sparse now, but the fish are still hungary fattening up for winter. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Oct 2004

Time:

14:36:13

Comments

Managed to slip out and do some fishing yesterday afternoon on some “low-key” water on the upper Winooski with a friend and had a blast. My first fish was a beautiful prespawn 16″ wild female brown taken on a #14 tungsten prince. My friend got a rainbow of similar size and we both got a few smaller bows in the 7-10″ class. Then in the evening I found 2 monsters rising on a flat. On the second cast, a rainbow around 20″ and 3 lbs. took my ant pattern and screamed upstream and into a pile of junk…a clean break on the tippet told me it’s gonna have to be 4x next time I go after her! Water levels are getting pretty low on the small and medium size streams and we could really use a bit of rain. The front coming thru today is not supposed to give us widespread rain, so we’ll have to hope something happens later this coming week. Hatches consist of Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-22, Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Sep 2004

Time:

23:38:22

Comments

It’s a bit strange giving daily reports this month as fishing conditions and quality have remained incredibley consistent! We could use a bit of rain for the spawning brookies and browns to get moving, but the big rivers are in great shape and fishing well. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Sep 2004

Time:

12:59:07

Comments

The Winooski is at a perfect level right now, with fish rising the ability to get where you need to as good as it gets. Water was 62 in the Waterbury area yesterday p.m. The Lamoille has been fishing very well also. With dry weather in the forecast and nothing too cold, we’re in real good shape once again for the upcoming week. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 Sep 2004

Time:

17:24:09

Comments

Fishing conditions for a change have remained consistent this month….very good! Water levels are slowly dropping, but still at or above ave. flows for the date. Some showers are forecast for tomarrow, but they will only help the fishing. Hatches consist of Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-20, Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Sep 2004

Time:

18:19:29

Comments

We’re getting some outstanding weather for fishing this week. Water levels and temps are really perfect. The Lamoille and Winooski have been fishing very well, with good numbers of wild rainbows being caught. Hatches consist of Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-20, Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Sep 2004

Time:

00:40:42

Comments

Conditions could not be much better right now for good fishing; there will be a “dry” cold front pushing thru tonight with showers that won’t amount to much, but after that temps will be more seasonable and we’ll start to get into “all day” fishing conditions! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Sep 2004

Time:

21:24:39

Comments

River conditions are perfect for this time of year, and the fishing has been very good as a result. It looks as though we’ll be spared the brunt of any rain from “Ivan”, so water levels and clarity will remain great on the big rivers for days to come. Hatches consist of Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-22, Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials, ants, beetles, and hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Sep 2004

Time:

01:07:38

Comments

The upper Winooski and Lamoille should be in fishable shape by tomarrow, but the lower halves of both rivers are still up and dirty at the moment. The tribs are a bit fast but are in good shape otherwise. Look for some outstanding fishing this week as conditions improve on the big boys and we get some good late season hatch activity. Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-20, Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials round out the menu; good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Sep 2004

Time:

17:10:26

Comments

All the rivers in the state are back up to record highs for the date after the remnants of “Frances” came thru last night and early today. Here in Jeffersonville we received 1.55″ of rain since early Wednesday a.m. Not a crazy amount, but enough to make things high and dirty. The Lamoille and Winooski will take a few days to come around, and fortunately the weather forecast is good over the next 4-5 days for levels to drop. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 Sep 2004

Time:

16:22:28

Comments

River conditions are perfect for this time of year though we’re expecting some pretty good rains Wednesday thru Thursday night. Hopefully things will dry out nicely afterwards and we won’t get any real heavy torrential downpours. Hatches consist of Isonychias, a few Tricos, BWO’s, and Caddis #14-16, and terrestrials, ants, beetles, hoppers,etc. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Sep 2004

Time:

01:50:41

Comments

Many smaller rivers and streams are now fishable though they are moving a bit fast. Water temps will no longer be an issue for the rest of the season thats for sure. As for hatches, this evening I saw a good BWO hatch #18-20, some Isonychias #12, and some cinammon colored caddis #14-16. Ants, Beetles and smaller Hoppers round out the hatch menu. I’ll be up on the Big C all weekend so my reports will continue on Monday, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

31 Aug 2004

Time:

23:35:16

Comments

I’m sure I’ve seen it this bad in northern Vt. before, though I can’t quite recall when, but the rivers, both large and small are completely out of control right now. The Lamoille is flooding some fields I’ve never seen flooded before (though that could be because of landowners clearing buffer zones, which will always increase flooding potential), the North Branch was still flooding into fields at 4 p.m. today. After 2.65″ of rain yesterday, Jeffersonville has had a whopping 10.26″ for the month of August alone! Thankfully a extended period of dry weather is forecast thru Saturday, which should allow for some of the smaller streams to be fishable by Thursday. It appears the further south one goes in the state the rivers did not get hammered as hard. I’ll discuss hatches when we have some fishable conditions in a day or two! Good luck on the ponds and lakes!

 

Date:

30 Aug 2004

Time:

00:34:08

Comments

Saturday nights rain did a number on the Lamoille, making it high and muddy before Sunday evenings deluge began. Saturday nights total for Jeffersonville was 1.20″, as of 8:30 Sunday eve., another 1.20″ has fallen so far. The Winooski was not really efected by Saturdays rains, though it appears to be getting hit pretty hard by this evenings round. The New Haven River and surrounding tributaries once again turned into wreck and ruin with 4″ of rain falling in the area Saturday night. That drainage has had it’s share of bad flood events since 1998 thats for sure. Fair weather is forecast for Tuesday until atleast the beginning of the weekend. Many small streams will be fishable by tomarrow a.m., so there is still plenty of water to fish. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

27 Aug 2004

Time:

00:09:36

Comments

Did very well guiding on a trib of the Lamoille today; we landed around a dozen wild rainbows, nothing real big, but all on dries, and hooked about twice that! The water was a chilly 63 even at 2 p.m.! The big rivers will be a bit warm tomarrow but the heat won’t last long. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Aug 2004

Time:

17:03:43

Comments

After waking up to a chilly 41 degrees this a.m., the Winooski above Montpelier was 59 at 8:00 a.m., and a trib was only 56 at 11:00 a.m. We did well nymphing on the Winooski and got some nice rainbows. We were doing quite well on the trib catching fish up top on dries until 2 kayakers came down this smaller river and completely wrecked the experiance for us, as the fish just stopped rising and even after waiting for more than 15 minutes, they did not come back…which pissed me off needless to say. Until these folks pay their fair share to use the resources annually, they will have no merit to the reply I often hear from them :”We’re just sharing the resource….” to which I reply oftentimes “I pay $20 a year to use this resource, you pay nothing and can ruin our quality of experiance, while we don’t ruin yours as you carry on merrily down the stream” (and thats when I’m feeling friendly!) My client was no happier today, and let his feelings be known to the folks. Some of the bigger, dingier rivers can handle the odd boat or two coming down every so often, but a gin clear stream 30 ft. wide just gets ruined. This state should start addressing this issue soon, but I fear the ultra righteous “peta” sorts have already infaltrated the Agency of Natural Resources, and see Vt’s waterways as a roving conveyor belt of polyeurathene, thinking they can do no wrong. On that note, I heard from state officials that there were 2,500 folks on the Battenkill on the 4th of July Weekend….quiet solitude in Vermont anyone?!? Just some food for thought, hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 Aug 2004

Time:

20:08:50

Comments

The big rivers are high, dirty and unfishable at the moment, and some of the larger tribs are still pretty dingy as well. The smaller streams around the area however, have dropped and cleared up nicely! Water temps are not an issue at all. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Aug 2004

Time:

21:11:34

Comments

The rain yesterday did muck up the Lamoille down here in Cambridge; the Winooski is in fine shape, but that may change with .50-1.00″ of rain forecast thru Saturday night. We did well this a.m. swinging Prince nymphs as the Isonychias have been going strong. The forecast for Sunday-Tuesday is for dry weather which will be exactly what the big rivers need…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Aug 2004

Time:

23:36:25

Comments

Just got back from the Big C, where the water was ripping a bit, but the fishing was pretty good nonetheless. It amazes me how many fish will eat your strike indicator! Before the afternoon rains came thru, the Lamoille and the Winooski were finally in decent shape; I’d like to think that whatever rain did fall today won’t screw things up for Friday. In Jeffersonville we did get a doozy of a t-storm that dumped .62″ of rain in a little over an hour. I don’t think the upper half of the Lamoille got anywhere near that. Enjoy the fishing tomarrow, as we’re expecting a pretty wet Saturday that may muck up the big boys all over again. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Aug 2004

Time:

22:16:08

Comments

The late aftenoon rains yesterday have completely stuffed the Lamoille from head to toe all over again. The lower Winooski is still dirty as well. The tribs are in really good shape. Isonychias #10-14, BWO’s #18-20, Tricos #22-26, A few Ephrons #12, some stonefly nymphs #8-12 and terrestrials…ants, beetles, and hoppers round out the menu; good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Aug 2004

Time:

22:22:30

Comments

Another .33″ of rain has fallen thus far in Jeffersonville today, with a bit more to fall until around midnight. The Lamoille from Morrisville downstream and the Winooski from Montpelier downstream are still pretty dirty. Water temps are a-ok wherever you can find clear water. Most small streams are in fine shape if not a bit fast. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Aug 2004

Time:

01:09:36

Comments

Flying Ants have started to make an appearance on waterways around the state; the only problem is all the bigger water is still high and dirty! Jeffersonville and Johnson were covered with them this evening. Managed to slip out for an hour or so and got a fat 14″ wild brown and a smaller wild bow. The Winooski and Lamoille should be ok from top to bottom within 2 days as long as we don’t get any t-storms. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Aug 2004

Time:

17:53:28

Comments

Water levels on many small streams are dropping and clearing fast enough to allow for fishing, though dry flies will be largely out of the question. The big rivers are still a complete mess and will take atleast 3 or more days regardless of what rain may fall tomarrow as a result of the remenants of “Charlie”. The forecast has been modified a bit for Sunday in the northern half of the state as they’re now calling for only a 50% chance of rain and only around .50″ of at that. Thats fine with me! All this rain and the shortening days really sets us up for great conditions for the rest of the summer; I doubt we’ll have to deal with high water temps from here on out. The ephrons (Whitefly #14) started on the lower Lamoille below Faifax before we got all this rain, but I’m not sure we’ll be able to “fish it” on the lower Winooski as the high muddy water may have clobbered the hatch. Isonychias, Tricos, BWO’S, Caddis, and terrestrials round out the menu. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Aug 2004

Time:

20:31:24

Comments

Well the big rains have indeed stuffed up just about everything; the Lamoille is at record highs for the date, and the Winooski is a raging mess as well. Interstingly, here in Jeffersonville we’ve only gotten .40″ of rain since 8 p.m. last night, and while the Brewster and the Seymour are very high, they have been slowly clearing and dropping during the day today. Looks like Saturday will be only showery, but it now appears that the heavy rains from “Charlie” will be making close to a driect hit on us on Sunday, which could lead to some pretty devastating situations on some waterways. I’ve received reports of some roading and driveways washed out already in Rutland County in the southern portion of the state; the ground will still be super saturated when Charlie arrives, so it’s not looking good for the rivers! How will the trout handle this? Well, the wild adult fish will be ok and find the ways to stay out of the worst turbulance, the hatchery fish will likely get blown a ways downstream or into some flooded fields, and the young of the year wild rainbows in the tribs will have some problems as well, getting knocked into the bigger rivers where they may be overmatched. We’ll just have to wait and see! Anyhow, it’s only stillwaters for the time being…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Aug 2004

Time:

20:13:08

Comments

Lots of rain in many places around the state, with the heaviest rains still to come courtesy of “Bonnie” late Friday eve. 1.25″ has fallen here in Jeffersonville since Tuesday. The Lamoille has a great flow for this time of year, and while a bit dingy down here in Cambridge, is still completely fishable. As I write this it’s starting to pour again, and the clear conditions won’t last long. The Winooski is in similar shape, though a bit lower. All the big rivers around the state will be stuffed for the weekend unfortunately, but some smaller waters will remain fishable. Water temps range throughout the 60’s. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Aug 2004

Time:

00:41:40

Comments

River conditions are holding on nicely at the moment; the Lamoille for a change has considerably more water in it than the Winooski, though the Winooski today only barely hit 70 today late in the afternoon. The trib I was guiding on was 64-66 degrees. Isonychias are hatching nicely right now, and look for the ephron (whitefly) to be hatching on the lower Lamoille and Winooski below Bolton Dam in the next few days or so. A little more rain (I know, I know!), would freshen the Winooski watershed nicely for the upcoming week or so. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Aug 2004

Time:

19:57:18

Comments

Wow, where are the clouds?! Haha, the fair-weather folks have been bitchin’ this summer, but trout bums like me love a cool wet summer like this one! Actually, the Winooski could use a little bit of water right now, but overall for August everything is in great shape. With more scattered rains and cooler weather forecast later in the week, the fishing will remain great. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Aug 2004

Time:

18:53:21

Comments

Cool, unsettled weather continues to keep the trout streams in outstanding shape. Rainfall has really depended on where you are, but the Lamoille and Winooski are in perfect shape! Isonychias, BWO’s, Caddis #14-20, Tricos #22-26, and terrestrials make up the current menu; good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Aug 2004

Time:

18:23:52

Comments

What incredible weather for August; the levels and water temps on the big rivers have dropped nicely and outstanding fishing will continue for the next 5 days or so. Isonychias are really starting to pop, and terrestrial fishing has really been the go-to tactic during odd hours. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Aug 2004

Time:

16:49:03

Comments

In about an hours time today, we recieved .89″ of rain; which will help cool off the rivers nicely. Yesterday the big rivers were really hot; I watched another guide hit the Lamoille at 4 p.m. yesterday in 75 degree water…not cool. I had a similar problem this a.m. as I started guiding this a.m. and found the Lamoille was still 70 at 6:30 a.m.; I pulled the pin after getting the reading and we went up to a tributary where it was 63-64 and got a few fish. The Lamoille Valley is recieving the brunt of this one sotrm cell, and no doubt will get dingy in the next few hours. The Winooski has missed out on most of the rain thus far. The forecast of VERY cool, overcast weather for Thur.-Sat. sets up very nicely for some excellant fishing! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Aug 2004

Time:

18:12:46

Comments

Wow, July was an incredibly wet month; we totalled 8.25″ in Jeffersonville, and most places in the state had above average rainfall for the month. As we roll into August, water levels are as good as they’ve been in years. As is expected, these warm days mean fishing at first light and in the evening are best on the medium to larger waters. Hatches consist of a few Cream Varients, BWO’s (mid a.m.), Tricos #22-26, Isonychias #12-14, Caddis #14-20, and terrestrials…Ants, Beetles, and small hoppers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

31 Jul 2004

Time:

18:09:22

Comments

Well, I like to describe days like these as “whitecaps on the Winooski”. The wind is howling today, and water temps on the big boys are not real good for fishing as it was real warm last night despite the rain. More showers and t-storms are forecast for later today and tonight. My sources tell me there was atleast 470 dead trout found in the impacted reach of the Dog River fish-kill; all 3 species, and multiple year classes. Below Northfield Falls the river was unaffected. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Jul 2004

Time:

01:02:45

Comments

Water temps on the small stream I was guiding on this a.m. were around 58 degrees which is outstanding for this time of year. We hooked 8, and landed 5 wild rainbows and brookies; including a nice 9.5″ native brookie which was beautiful! The lower Winooski is finally back in good shape, and the Lamoille looks great right now. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 Jul 2004

Time:

01:57:45

Comments

The Lamoille and Winooski are in great shape for this time of year; the Lamoille here in Jeffersonville was only 63 at 5:30 p.m. where I was guiding, and the fish were responding nicely! An a serious sad note, I was just contacted by the district fisheries biologist for the Dog River today who alerted me that there has been a FISH KILL on the Dog from Northfield Sewage Treatment Plant downstream .6 miles to the confluence of Cox Brook. This absolutely pisses me off to extreme levels. With an “investigation” underway, not much more info can be had on it’s “origins”; but needless to say, with Northfield Sewage Treatment currently doing upgrades to the infrastructure…I’m fairly confident it was their fault, and since raw sewage does NOT kill trout in general, I suspect they released undue amounts of amonia or chlorine into the river…which of course all life forms die from; thats why they use those chemicals to kill the nasties in sewage. You’d think folks would know better…then again maybe not. I would strongly suggest if you care about this resource, you contact the Vt. Enviromental division and bitch,bitch,bitch…whoever did this needs to be accountable, and the more folks showing thier dissaproval the better! Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Good luck on all other waters…

 

Date:

28 Jul 2004

Time:

01:31:00

Comments

Conditions are quite variable throughout the state at the moment; from flood watches in far southern Vt.; to steady light rain in and around Montpeculiar, to less than .10″ thus far in Jeffersonville. The Lamoille is still dingy down here, and doesn’t need any big rains. Water temps are outstanding; the Winooski in Montpelier was 65 early this a.m. The trib of the Lamoille I was on this eve. was 61 at 5:30 p.m. Isonychias should be popping in about a week; good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Jul 2004

Time:

21:03:02

Comments

Cool conditions are keeping the fishing in top form for this time of year. The Lamoille is still up a bit; but the rest of the rivers are in great shape. I noticed where some canoe outfitters are finally getting ticketed for using “our” fish and wildlife access points….good! People who pay annual licence fees are the ones paying for the access sites…and many fisherman can’t even fish around them as they are inundated by folks like Umiak and Battenkill Canoe…who apparently feel righteous in their “walmarting” of the rivers with watercraft. When will it end?! Most of these folks seem to have an incredibly self-righteous attitude regarding thier use of the waterways, even though they pay nothing to utilize it and at the same time often destroy the quality of experiance for local and visiting anglers alike. The Battenkill of course is the posterchild for these “competing recreational” interests; though the White is getting worse and worse; one stretch of the Winooski Umiak seems to think they own to the point of cutting down trees on the bank to get the armadas out of the water; and the Lamoille here in Jeffersonville has BLATENT violations occuring at the Brewster River F&W access site daily…to give credit where credit is due, one operator, Green River Canoe, does an admirable job of minimizing their impacts on the river bank in terms of using spots that don’t create erosion,etc. Umiak, however, essentially contributed to part of the Cambridge bike path nearly falling into the river; and now when water is high, they have the gall to actually post their pullout sign right at the F&W access point! That being said, a B&B owner w/ a handful of boats won’t make too big of an impact, but the Wal-mart attitude of the big liveries can just be overwheleming. I plan to challenge this in Jeffersonville soon, by pulling out a big 2 handed or Spey rod, and cast from the access point as I’m legally obliged to do, we’ll see how many kayaks will pull in and out when I have 60-80 ft. of flyline in the air!! The solution? A flat tax certification of sorts; liveries (and I endorse the state certifying fishing guides as well, since the private guide association in Vt. has limited standards and too many conflicts of interest; i.e. they helped Battenkill canoe win a court case…what happened to the folks who have payed for those sites, the fisherman?!) So all commercial outfitters (myself included), would pay a onetime certification fee, re-uped every couple of years, and an annual fee of say $6-8 per watercraft the outfitter uses. So, the B&B guy with 5 canoes pays his certification, plus $6 for each of the 5 boats. Monsters like Umiak, who like to run over everyone, and have 100’s of kayaks, also pay for certification and $6 for each of the kayaks they use. Isn’t that fair, since the bigger boys utilize and make a bigger impact on the resource than the little guys?! The benefit to all of course, is a new revenue stream for the Vt. F&W which is suffering greatly, partly from thier own ineptitude on some matters, but in general is vastly underfunded. Just some food for though! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Jul 2004

Time:

19:08:38

Comments

What great conditions for the end of July!! The water I was guiding on this a.m. was 59 at 10 a.m. fish were rising all over the lot. The Lamoille is still stuffed from all the rain of last week, but the tribs are fine. The Winooski is in far better shape. Water temps range from upper 50’s to upper 60’s; more seasonable “warm” weather will be back by Tuesday as this cold canadian high pressure moves off the coast and we get a return to a more southerly flow. Hatches consist of a few Cream Varients #10-12, Bwo’s #18-24, Tricos #22-24, Caddis #14-20, A few remaining sulphurs, and terrestrials, i.e. ants, beetles, and small hoppers and crickets. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 Jul 2004

Time:

23:56:13

Comments

For those of you locals who may have seen my truck on the Winooski today in the crazy heat, rest assured there were no hooks on the end of the lines. We weren’t fishing, I was doing a beginner instruction! The Winooski below Middlesex Dam was a scary 77-78 degrees at 2:30 p.m.!!! Easily enough to kill a trout if you actually managed to hook one, no matter how fast you play him. We went up to some brookie water later in day and got a few brookies, but with this tropical heat, even the small streams were a bit stale today. On an unrelated note, I am just stunned by the residents of Warren on the Mad River. It appears that the buzzwords of “tradition and heritage” have once again gotten in the way of sound, responsible environmental and economic sense. The folks have decided they want to keep a rotting, privately held, wooden dam in the center of town…despite the fact that it was one of the major reasons for the town getting flooded in the summer of 1998. The state and feds would pick up 2/3 or more of the tab for it’s removal, which of course would allow for fish passage upstream on the Mad as well, AND greatly reduce the chances of a repeat flooding event that cost all taxpayers $$ to bail them out (FEMA). The fact that the town is looking for ways to “repair/replace” the Dam is so delusional to me..I have to remind my self I’m in Vermont…where, logic and common sense seem to be endangered thought processes. So here’s my deal with the folks in Warren…you go ahead and keep the bloody thing, but you have to sign a waiver that says when your actions (keeping the dam, no power generation or any “public good”) allow yourselves to be flooded and washed out…that you can’t make the state or federal taxpayer $$$ bail your sorry asses out. You talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk; can’t have your cake and eat it too!! I wonder what the residents would think of that? If you live in the valley, I’d more than welcome your 2 cents on the issue. Anyhow, rain and cooler weather is forecast for next 24-36 hrs, we’ll see how everything plays out level/clarity wise. Stay off the big, heat-stressed rivers if you actually are a real C&R fisherman, and good luck on the small streams!!

 

Date:

21 Jul 2004

Time:

21:50:38

Comments

Last night I guided a nice guy who was beginner and he did very well on a pretty difficult little wild trout stream; he managed to hook 10 fish and land 4, 3 bows and 1 brownie. This a.m. the Winooski in Waterbury had only about 18″ of visability, and had hit 72 degrees by 11 a.m. Ouch. The small streams have great flows in them, and are much cooler. We’re forecast to have more big rain in the northern half of the state late thursday night and Friday; we’ll see how mucked up the big rivers get! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jul 2004

Time:

16:17:53

Comments

Sorry about the hiatus folks, I had a little personal time with some ole college buddies in Southern Vt.(or is it Northen Mass., it was hard to tell!). We fished the Mettawee in the pouring rain and did very well w/ ants and prince nymphs. As for the fishing in general….it rained so much last night in Jeffersonville, I think I have fish living in my driveway; the Ark will be done this afternoon! 1.35″ last night; 2″ since Sunday p.m.; and a whopping 6.8″ for the month of July alone!! Needless to say, the big rivers are completely stuffed, and the smaller tribs are also blown out pretty bad. Some will clear by tomarrow though. Water temps are fine for now, though a high of 80 on Wed. and 89 on Thur. will make the big boys spike bigtime…of course they’re dirty so it’s a bit of a moot point. Hatches of Caddis #14-20, Blue Quills #18-20, Cahills #12-16, Cream Varients #12, and terrestrials round out the menu…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Jul 2004

Time:

16:44:50

Comments

Some small streams are running fast and high after the rains, but the Winooski and upper half of the Lamoille are in great shape for this time of year. Water temps are in the 60’s throughout the area. Enjoy the fishing before the heat kicks in this coming week; good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Jul 2004

Time:

02:04:18

Comments

1.5″ of rain here in Jeffersonville has made the lower Lamoille pretty dingy. The Mad River got hit last night and brought the Winooski up a bit a nd made a bit dingy as well. We’ll see who gets more of the random downpours thru tomarrow before things settle down by the end of the weekend. Water temps are great for this time of year, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jul 2004

Time:

23:49:54

Comments

Water temps ranged throughout the 60’s depending on stream size and time of day. The big rivers are fishing outstanding for this time of year thanks to the often cool, overcast, and fairly wet season. Terrestrials are really bringing some big fish up to the surface right now on certain river stretches. Forecast is for up to an 1″ of rain over next 48 hrs or so, which will keep the rivers cool and at great levels, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jul 2004

Time:

02:04:48

Comments

A couple of incredible storms hit Stowe, Vt. and the township of Canaan all the way in N.E. corner of Vt. bordering the Big C. 4″ of rain fell in parts of Stowe in 1 hr., sending part of the Sowe Rec. path into the West Branch (and folks wonder why I never support rec. paths on trout streams; the trout suffer impacts, and we pay more $$, come hell or high water!) and washing away a # of roads. Needless to say, the Little River is discharging heaps of dirty water in to the Winooski, so below Bolton Dam is stuffed. In Canaan, parts of Rte. 102 were washed out when tribs to Big C flooded big time; an estimated 5-8″ of rain fell in a couple hours!! Everywhere else in State got hardly a drizzle if that! The Lamoille is still a bit dingy down here in Cambridge, and was 71 at 6:30pm this evening, a tad warm. Along with the Winooski, early a.m. and right at dark are the ways to go. Those of you interested in learning black magic of nightfishing, I will do some night trips at this time of year, so don’t hesitate to inquire. Forecast is for scattered t-showers for next 5 days and temps slightly below average…no complaints here!! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Jul 2004

Time:

18:45:46

Comments

River levels have dropped to decent, fishable summertime flows, though both the Winooski and Lamoille have a bit of dinge in the lower portions. Water temps will range from around 60 in some of the cooler small streams, to the low 70’s on some of the bigger and warmer waters. The forecast is for scattered t-showers throughout the week, with Wednesday having the greatest chance of widespread rains. Hatches consist of some sulphurs and cahills, dark blue quills #18-20, Yellow and Golden Drakes #10-#12, Bwo’s #22-26, and LOTS of terrestrials, ants, beetles, more beetles, crickets, hoppers are now showing up in fair numbers. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Jul 2004

Time:

18:13:56

Comments

The big rivers are still pretty high and dingy, though the Lamoille below Johnson does have about 2 ft. or so of visability, black wooly bugger conditions! The smaller streams have come clean and are fishing fine though some are still moving a bit fast, meaning you’ll have to work a bit harder to bring fish up on dries. Water temps on the Lamoille were 65-66 in the a.m. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Jul 2004

Time:

01:09:20

Comments

The rains have made the Winooski below Middlesex dam dingy and brought the level up a bit; the Lamoille is up about a foot here in Jeffersonville and will be getting dirtier and dirtier as the whole valley saw more heavy downpours late last night and again this evening; since monday I’ve recieved 2.15″ of rain, with more on the way tonight. On a brighter note, the high gradient mtn. streams clear very quick from the downpours, and water levels in these small streams is outstanding for this time of year. The upper Winooski still has not gotten any of the good rains that most surrounding areas have received; it needs water! Speaking of low water, I am shocked, disgusted, appalled, at the BLATENT violation that the Vt. Electric Co-op/Citizens Utlities has done to the Clyde River. The bastards got thier way from our schill of a State Water Resources Board last year, and recieved a minimum flow approval of just 30 cfs YEAR ROUND; meaning of course, this fall, the river will have a trickle of 30 for 5-6 days at a time, then a one day blowout of 200-300cfs for power generation, which will bring the salmon up, but they’ll be stranded high and dry the next day when it drops to 30cfs again. Spawning areas of course will be left high and dry. So the new “precendent” of 30 cfs is bad enough; BUT now look at the levels of the past 3 days….15-18 cfs!!! At the height of summer! I cannot convey the disgust I have in our Agency of Natural Resources, Environmental Enforcement Division, the Water Resources Board, etc. This has got to be the most pathetic display of our states envirommental priorites….which contrary to many tourists/newcomers…our enviromental laws have such large loopholes for Agriculture,Logging,and Utiltiy Co.’s, you could drive a tractor thru them. All practices can be done in an enviro friendly way, it’s being done in other states, but we don’t ever attempt to nail anyone for violations…it’s our dirty little secret. So what can we do? Well, you can call up the state ANR and bitch them out; you can, and I laugh here, try to file a complaint with our sham of an enviromental enforcement division…the same group of folks who a few years ago let a Bethal Sewage plant discharge raw sewage into the White for 2 weeks with no public alert/warning for folks using the river; they’re excuse at the time as I recall was somebody was on vacation! Needless to say in my own dealings with them, they’ve shown their worthlessness consistently. Perhaps call your local politician, though they’re all out to lunch this summer. Personally I seethe at this Clyde River thing because they’re my power provider, so I’m paying my rates to a bunch of greedy enron jr’s. And the reality is we’d probobly pay about a $1 a month more to make the Clyde a banner Salmon fishery…if that. Of course you know how Citizens got thier way w/ the state and the 30 cfs flow? Citizens Lobbyist/Lawyer is an apparantly soulless woman by the name of Barbara Ripley…yes the same Barbara Ripley who was the HEAD of Vt. Agency of Natural Resources before she went over to the dark side to work for the Utility Co.!! Now isn’t that something! Well, thats enough for tonight, get out and fish and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jul 2004

Time:

01:59:29

Comments

I love it when a theory plays out perfectly! This morning while guiding a good client of mine, we had trouble getting some small fish to bother with our presentations…hmmm…well, I said, most folks who fish this stream only know how to catch or even find the lil guys, so as John Merwin described in his book The Battenkill, and he also told me when I met him once, “it seems the little guys see more dry flies, and are often tougher to catch than when a big fish decides to come out and rise; it’s as if the big guys forget they’re supposed to be wary like when they were younger and pounded on”. I believe that theory to be true on pounded waters, and sure enough this a.m. after getting humbled by some lil fellas, we saw a good rise under a tree, I said “big fish, we’ll tie an an ant, and if you’re spot-on with the first drift, she will eat your fly, gauranteed (a word most smart guides should never use! woops!)…well, much to his credit, my client made a sweet downstream slackline drift to the fish on the first cast…and she ate it! It was a nice strong 16″ wild bow, and despite popping off right at our feet, he battled her for awhile, and it was a major victory considering the perfection that was demanded! We sight fished to many other big fish in the 12-21” department, as my fish sighting skills, as well as the fish, were in full gear! Water temps were 58 at 7:30 a.m. The Winooski did not get the rain the Lamoille got 2 days ago, and as a result is fishing a bit better. More potential heavy downpours are forecast over next 24 hrs, this time the Winooski valley could use a good drink, especially up top. Terrestrials are really coming into their own right now, sulphurs, cahills, yellow and golden drakes, drk. blue quills #18-20, #16 cinammon caddis, as well as many other species of caddis round out the hatches, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Jul 2004

Time:

01:24:41

Comments

What a wacky weather day. I left Jeff. around noon or so to guide down in the Winooski Valley; it was already hot, muggy, 75 at 10 a.m., miserable…the Lamoille according to one source was 73 in early a.m.! Anyhow, I come thru the notch south to Waterbury; it was so much cooler out I had to roll up the window! The Winooski turns out to be 66-67 at the top end of the “petting zoo” (aka Trophy trout zone). So I guide all day w/ some nice folks who are raw beginners, and it only rains enough to wet the ground. I’m driving home thru the notch tonight and there’s a floodwall coming down the W. Branch! Over and down to the Brewster, I see it’s up and dirty, but not like the W.B. My raingauge showed 24.6mm, (.98″ for metric challenged)…which is a GREAT rain, and now as I write this at 9:30pm, it’s raining nicely again. Juuuust in time, things were getting stale! I hope the upper Winooski gets some of the rain too, it’s low. Fish early and late on the big stuff, and you can fish alot of small stuff all day if theres water. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 Jul 2004

Time:

00:48:51

Comments

The mountain stream I was on today was 60 degrees at 2:30 p.m. The Lamoille in Jeffersonville was 71 at 4 p.m., which, while a bit warm to “start” fishing on, is really not too bad considering how warm it was today. Hopefully we’ll get some good rains tomarrow to freshen things up. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

01 Jul 2004

Time:

23:42:39

Comments

All the sound and fury of todays storms did not amount to very much rain, atleast in Jeffersonville…..40″. No streams I saw this afternoon were getting dirty from the rains, which is great. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 Jun 2004

Time:

23:14:52

Comments

No complaints about the past few days weather, showrs in the evening and cool nights…but now we actually could use a bit of real rain, as levels are getting a bit low, and in conjunction with more seasonable weather coming up, the big rivers will warm a bit. But as of right now, the fishing on both the Winooski and Lamoille has been outstanding for this time of year. Water temps range from around 60 to almost 70 on some of the bigger rivers, and the crummy, warm rivers of southeastern Vt. The Hex hatch on the northen lakes is ready to roll, and hatches on the rivers have been pretty good. Sulphurs#16-18, Cahills #12-16, Yellow and Golden Drakes #10-12, Drk. Blue Quills #18-20, Caddis #14-20, and stoneflies and terrestrials round out the hatch menu. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 Jun 2004

Time:

02:36:49

Comments

I had a wonderful evening of guiding a client from the St. J area as we fished some grade AAA wild brook trout water, and did quite well! The Winooski in the “Twinfield” area was 64-65 degrees at 6:00 p.m. Flows are getting quite low up there. Enjoy the fishing during the front half of the week, as after Wednesday we’ll have more summertime weather in the 80+ range which will make the big rivers a bit moody! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 Jun 2004

Time:

21:48:36

Comments

Another line of showers is crossing the northern part of the state this evening, which is just fine with me. The big rivers are in great fishing shape right now. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 Jun 2004

Time:

23:07:10

Comments

Last night and today I recieved .88″ of rain, most of it early this a.m. In contrast, Morrisville and Waterbury had only small amounts of rain, less than .10″ or so. The big rivers are slowly cooling off form the heat of yesterday. The forecast of cooler than average weather for the next few days is just what the doctor ordered! Sulphurs, Cahills, Blue Quills, Cream Varients, Caddis #16, Stoneflies, and terrestrials round out the hatches. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 Jun 2004

Time:

22:43:07

Comments

You could not ask for better weather at this time of year; with rain forecast for tonite, and very cool weather over the next 3-4 days, the fishing should be outstanding on the Winooski and Lamoille. Golden Drakes and Dark Blue Quills (on cloudy/rainy days) #18 are the latest additons to the hatch list; Caddis are everywhere. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

22 Jun 2004

Time:

16:47:56

Comments

Water levels and temperatures are about average for this time of year, which is not too bad at all. These cool nights and now a little rain will help us get thru these long days. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Jun 2004

Time:

01:22:13

Comments

Air temps have finally cooled off nicely, and in turn the water temps will do the same. By Monday morning, we should have pretty nice water temps again on the Winooski and Lamoille. I received only .20″ of rain from the front that pushed thru last night. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Jun 2004

Time:

14:45:58

Comments

The Big rivers are heating up right now, the Winooski hit 70 just below Montpelier yesterday; but I found a cooler stretch of water for my client and we managed to do quite well during the evening from about 7:15 until dark. Did another trip this a.m., and found that the Winooski had not cooled much below Middlsex Dam, it was 67-68 at 6 a.m. Below Bolton Dam the water was 65 at 8 a.m., and we managed to catch a 9″ brookie in the big ole Winooski! Hatches consist of mostly Sulphurs #14-18, Cream Cahills at dark #12, some Isonychias #12, Bwo’s #20-24, March Browns #12-14, Caddis #12-18, Stoneflies #8-12, and Terrestrials #12-20. Fish early and fish late, and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Jun 2004

Time:

16:53:48

Comments

Fishing on the Winooski has been really good of late, from top to bottom. Forecast is for potentially torrential rain in southern Vt., but just widely scattered T-storms in the northern half of the state. A little rain to freshen things would be nice; as well as to offset the moronic acts of Morrisville Power and Light, which as you can see on the flows out of Johnson, is completely abusing the Lamoille River; no excuse for a <10% flow at this time of year, period. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Jun 2004

Time:

17:33:40

Comments

Last evening I fortunate enough to sight fish (with a nymph) to a wild brown of around 4 lbs. or so; what a fish! He just wasn’t interested in feeding, as browns of that size often only feed on big meals every couple of days or so. I still had a great time w/ some smaller (much!) wild bows and browns. Cream Cahills are really coming on strong right at nightfall. Water temps on the Lamoille in Johnson was 65 at 6 a.m. A trib of the Lamoille was only 58 at 10:00 a.m. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 Jun 2004

Time:

21:25:04

Comments

Water temps on the big rivers will be approaching the 70 deg. mark for the first time this season. With so many sunny, dry days in a row now, don’t expect much activity until right at dusk. The small stream I was this afternoon reched 66-67 by 4 p.m. It had great numbers of young wild rainbows! The Cream Cahill #12 is now on the hatch menu; right at dark. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

13 Jun 2004

Time:

00:32:28

Comments

Here is my tip/observation of the month for folks, a trade secret of sorts. Alot of times when we have these very cool dry nights, the fish will start rising around 6-7 or so depending on direct light on the water, and often STOP at 8:15, seemingly when things should be cranking even more. If one looks at the water and begins to notice a layer of fog on water, due to water being warmer than cool, xtra dry air…that the reason! As soon as fog starts to build on the water in evening EVEN if it’s not necessarily on the slice of water you’re fishing…the fish won’t rise. Even as sulphurs etc. are hatching like crazy….I’ve seen it so many times on the Winooski and a bit on the Big C, it’s as a fairly rock solid assessment. The fish did that 2 nites ago, disgruntling an angler fishing across from us, he just couldn’t believe all the bugs and how the fish stopped an hour before. I noticed that as well, but in trying to figure it out thru my “experiance roladex”…I noticed fog forming on surface of back rear third of the big pool/run. As for why trout don’t seem to want to surface feed in fog…I can only surmise logically that with a foggy surface and fading light, they just don’t find it energy effecient/high % feeding option. Instead they eat nymphs, of which at that hour there are tons of bugs around, so our fly becomes just one of many, and blind fishing on top of that just results in lower catch rates! Same goes for Tricos in the summer…they won’t eat the duns until the fog has lifted 6 ft. or more off the water at dawn. Forecast in for T-showers and clouds Sunday nite thru Wed. w/ highs in the low to mid 70’s, which is still below ave. for this time of year, and thats GREAT! Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Jun 2004

Time:

02:17:07

Comments

What an outstanding day on the river; despite the bright sunshine, I guided on the Winooski all afternoon into dark with the client doing an excellant job on many nice wild rainbows. We had a rare opportunity for a truly large rainbow rising on the Winooski, which contrary to popular belief, is not a common occurance. Most big bows and certainly the big browns are much more often caught down deep. Anyhow, this fish was in the 17-21″ dep’t., a real beast…we got her to eat a unweighted M.B. nymph TWICE, but no hookups! But after 12 wild bows 8-14″, and a couple of stockies, and hooking a nice wild brown…everyone was happy! On a “sad commentary” sidebar…I actually had some obvious “newcomers” to VT. try to tell me I couldn’t access the Winooski DOWN A GULLY, as it was their land and was posted. The woman rolled down her window of her $90,000 Audi (fine vehicle, but in the shop far too much!), her emasculated husband sat silent behind the wheel as she told me “we have a problem with folks making paths on our land, and trash and used condoms…would you let someone walk on your land?” I thought to myself ‘you think some kids looking for a romp give a crap whether your land is posted at midnight?, or a illegal trash dumper?’ But alas, I bit my lip, and replied succinctly “In fact I do own 700 ft. of riverfront property on the Ct. River, and aside from commercial kayak/canoe outfitters, I DO let folks on my land to fish…it sounds like an “outof state” mentality you have; I’ll honor your request and not walk down riverbank from here, but just fyi, under Vt. law, your unwritten, antiquated posted signs are not legible, and not posted every 100 ft, therfore, your land is not legally posted, and please do not even try to convey to me that you “own” down to where “Tributary X” runs into the Winooski down to watermark…Vt. state law mandates the “high water mark”…you don’t own that gravel bar down there, sorry…but I will move my truck since you requested” What a cold tarte…so, my client loved this, we got in my truck…and drove 100 FEET down the road to where there was no posted signs and parked!! I repsect folks land thru and thru, but she was so far off on this one. So in closing, I’m not sure what’s a greater threat to Vermonts “heritage”…Wal-Mart trying to overun us, or transplants looking to “insulate” themselves into their own heavenly paradigm…Heck, if she’d just been honest and said “I’m a card carrying member of PETA, and I think you hunters and fisherman are scum of the earth…I’d have atleast respected her honesty…Saturday is Vt. free fishing day, so give everyone plenty of room, there’s lots of water in great shape right now, hatches are the same as previous days, though there are still quite a few M.B.’s still around AND a few ISONYCHIA..which don’t usually have big broods in VT in early summer. Good luck on the water, and pick up your condoms, you’re screwing my access!

 

Date:

10 Jun 2004

Time:

21:21:01

Comments

I received about .75″ of rain in yesterdays storms; apparently enough rain fell in the Lamoille Valley to make things a bit dingy down here in Cambridge. I’m sure the Wolcott area was ok though. The Winooski in Waterbury had a tiny bit of dinge in it, but is totally fishable. Water temps are great for this time of year, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

09 Jun 2004

Time:

02:42:27

Comments

Water temps held on nicely on most streams today. A trib of the Lamoille was 61 deg. at 1:30; and the Lamoille in Jeffersonville was 64 at 7:30. The Brown drakes were not prevelant down in Jeffersonville tonight, though I only stayed on the river until 9:00. Sulphurs only started hatching at around 8:30 or so. I did quite well just swinging a good ole #16 Picket Pin Dry…fished wet. 1 hour yielded 7 hatchery bows 9-12″, 3 wild bows, 9″,11″,14″, and the icing on the cake, a native 9″ brook trout caught in the mainstem! A rare fish this far downstream. So, there are fish to be caught! We may see some t-storms tomarrow as a front pushes thru and cools things off for later in the week and upcoming weekend. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Jun 2004

Time:

02:26:38

Comments

A Brown Drake hatch for the ages tonight on the Lamoille; I left the water at 9:30, blind as a bat, with fish still rising. Duns and spinners were everywhere. We’re lucky we have these nice flows going into the heat of the next 2 days or so; I don’t think water temps will get too crazy. In addition to the Brown Drake, Caddis #14-18, Sulphurs #14-18, Grey Drake Spinners #10-12, and Ants and Beetles are also around. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

06 Jun 2004

Time:

22:31:03

Comments

The big rivers have finally come around clarity and level wise, and all other waters around the state have a great flow for this time of year. The Winooski in some stretches may be “pushing” a bit, but considering we’ll have weather in the upper 80’s to around 90 on Tuesday and Wednesday, we need those flows to keep things cool. The Brown Drakes should really get hatching this week on the Lamoille. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 Jun 2004

Time:

13:41:14

Comments

Hopefully we will have a dry weekend and river levels will continue to drop and clear up; many smaller rivers and streams will be in good shape for the weekend. The bigger rivers like the Lamoille and Winooski will still be a bit dingy, to say the least. Hatches are the same as previous days, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 Jun 2004

Time:

02:51:23

Comments

Another 1.6″ of rain over past 36 hrs. up here in the rainforest; All the rivers in the state are pretty well stuffed. Small streams in some areas are fine, and for a change it “appears” that southern Vt. has slightly lower levels, but w/ another front coming thru tomarrow, I think we’ll all be pretty mucked up going into the weekend. I’ve secured some “quasi-private” small stream water for some clients over the next week as many of the clean waters are just getting hammered w/ pressure. There is no “private” water per se in Vt…but there is some heavily posted land around these waters; and I’ve squared away arrangements with the landowners to fish there. Look for those fast draining streams, and good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 Jun 2004

Time:

00:16:15

Comments

Wow, tough conditions today. Water flows are rising as this next wave of rain arrives; I’ve had .40″ in the last 18 hrs or so; more further south. Many small streams are back up and moving fast. The Winooski is still dirty, and while the Lamoille was coming around before this rain, we’ll see what she looks like tomarrow! Water temps are 46-54 depending on size and elevation, and hatches are the same as previous days along with some tiny BWO’s #18-22 (fish won’t bother with them at these flows!); good luck on the water!

 

Date:

30 May 2004

Time:

23:20:03

Comments

Fishing conditions are still pretty difficult out there right now; we found that if the drift wasn’t perfect and getting deep down to where the fish were…there would be no effort by the trout. The Winooski and Lamoille are still a total mess; I’m now not so sure we’ll see them clear anytime soon w/ more rain forecast from Monday nite-Thursday. Water temps where I was today ranged from 53-56 degrees. Saw lots of #14 Sulphurs, but no rises, which I tend to write off to higher than normal flows. Hatches are the same as previous days…so much for the Barometer Barry…29.90″ steady in Morrisville! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

29 May 2004

Time:

18:41:03

Comments

The larger rivers like the Winooski and the Lamoille are completely stuffed from weeks rains; the Lamoille doesn’t even have a foot of visability around the town of Johnson. The tributaries and small streams are moving a bit fast, but are completely fishable. Air and water temps today are way below ave. for this date. Both are on either side of 50 in the northern part of the state. I’ve heard reports that the White, despite being clear enough and fishable, has been lousy of late. Perhaps all the hatchery fish got flushed down to the Big C after the heavy rains! During these higher than average flows, anglers should remember that despite the appearance of good bug activity, trout will not rise in water that is not energy efficient for them to do so, and if there’s bug activity up top, than obviously there are plenty of bugs in the water column for fish to nymph on; and fish always prefer to nymph in higher flows. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

28 May 2004

Time:

15:56:55

Comments

River levels have dropped considerably, but the Lamoille and Winooski are still dirty and unfishable. Tribs to them, as well as other smaller streams are very fishable, though as of noon, a thunderstorm is passing overhead, so we’ll see what kind impact that has locally on some waters. Hatches are the same as previous days, and the water temps are in the 50’s to around 60 or so. It’ll be a busy weekend on many “clear” streams, so remember to respect other anglers, and try not to cramp anyone…even right now, there’s still plenty of water to fish! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

26 May 2004

Time:

16:22:46

Comments

Only a .10″ of rain has fallen in past 24 hrs. up here, so the smaller rivers and streams have been dropping nicely, and many of them are fishable, though moving a bit fast. Water temps are in the 50’s, and as for hatches, look for March Browns #10-14, Invaria Sulphurs #14, A few Quill Gordons #14, Blue Quills #18, Tan Caddis #14-18, Stonflies,Black and Brown,#8-12, and it’s now terrestrial time, ants and beetles #12-18. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

25 May 2004

Time:

16:36:40

Comments

Now thats rain! 2.2″ in Jeffersonville since Sat., places like Montpelier and Randolph in the central parts of the state saw upwards of 3+” since Sat. Some rivers are still at record highs for the date, while others are already dropping nicely. I know of a few waters that will be fishable over the next couple of days, but I have to keep these secret for my clients! Another bout of rain is forecast for late tonight and tomarrow, and then things should settle down a bit, to just cloudy conditions. I’ll mention some hatch stuff tomarrow, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 May 2004

Time:

15:25:20

Comments

Finally, some rain! All waters w/ the exception of some small quick draining brk. trout streams are blown out. But in the long run, we really needed the rain. About 1.5″ has fallen in Jeffersonville since Sat. a.m. Montpelier has had close to 2″. More rain is poised to hammer the southern half of the state, which will probobly push many streams down there to flood stage. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 May 2004

Time:

22:29:31

Comments

I hope we get some rain up here in the northern half of the state, levels are just too low for this time of year. Once again, this afternoon cleared out, and became windy and sunny….worthless for good hatches. Hendricksons are pretty much finished, from what I’ve gathered. Water temps are in the 50’s to low 60’s. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 May 2004

Time:

19:54:41

Comments

When I see winds like we have today, I naturally think of N.Z., but somehow a 5+lb. trout IS worth casting into a 20-40 mph headwind! Back to reality, it is windy and I doubt that’ll translate to much surface activity except in wind protected areas. Let’s hope we get some real “crummy” weather this weekend…the fishing will be great! All this sun and wind and heat this spring has made alot of the bugs hatch far too quick for fish to want to surface feed. Hatches are the same as previous days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 May 2004

Time:

20:52:43

Comments

Guided on the upper Winooski today, client did a great job, and landed 11 fish, and hooked around 20 or so, a mix of stocked and wild trout. Water was 57 deg. at 11:00 a.m. Rains today are sorely needed, but not much is really accumulating…only .10″ of rain in gauge as of 5:00 p.m. Look for Hendricksons, M. Browns, Sulphurs #14-16, Quill Gordons, Caddis, and Big Stoneflies. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 May 2004

Time:

21:01:12

Comments

A nice chilly start to the day made it feel more like May than any of the crap we’ve had recently. The Winooski below Bolton Dam is in fishable shape as of 4:00 pm, but it’s still got some dinge. A slug of dirty water on the Lamoille that originated upstream of Wolcott has now made it below Cadys Falls, where it is now pretty dingy. Down here in Cmabridge it seems a bit clearer. March Browns #10-14, are now hatching, along w/ Hendricksons, Caddis, Brown Stones #12-14, and some huge Black Stones are about to hatch as well. Water temps are in the 50’s to low 60’s. The Lamoille and Winooski have been stocked in their entirety for those curious. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 May 2004

Time:

21:04:50

Comments

Well we finally got “some” rain yesterday; only about .40″ here in Jeffersonville, the Lamoille has come up a bit, but is clear and in great shape. The Winooski however, appears to have gotten heavier rains throughout the watershed, below Bolton Dam the river is completely stuffed…and won’t be in good shape until Tuesday a.m. Look for March Browns to be making their appearance this week, along w/ a steady increase of Gray Drake spinners, #10-14 in the eve. Caddis are everywhere. Terrestrials will start to be fishable very soon, as there seems to be no shortage of active ants and beetles streamside! Water temps are in the 50’s to 60 or so depending on the size, location, elevation. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 May 2004

Time:

01:48:44

Comments

As of 9:45 pm. we’ve recieved no rain in central and northern Vt. Franklin Co. got some, but thats not really trout country. We really need some rain and a big cool off…the big rivers are well into the 60’s already. Caddis are really going crazy now. The Winooski in it’s entirety has been stocked, for those who are curious; not too sure about mainstem of the Lamoille yet, certainly not in Cambridge. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

14 May 2004

Time:

02:47:38

Comments

Water temps are now up to the upper 50’s to mid 60’s on most waters. As I mentioned before, levels are way down, but the fishing is still very good provided you don’t spook them! Landed another crazy 20″ 3 lb. hen rainbow this afternoon on #14 rusty spinner. Saw quite a few younger fish in the 9-12″ bracket, which is a great sign. Caddis are really hatching big time now as well. #14 gray/lt. tan. March Browns won’t be far away, as well as the Grey Drake Spinners, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 May 2004

Time:

21:06:19

Comments

We really need some rain, the rivers are just dropping like rocks with all the leafing out of the vegetation and no precip. I nymphed a bit today, as any bugs hatching were popping off the water at breakneck speed with this dry hot air…80’s are just not fun in May! Landed 5 wild bows 11-17″ in about 90 minutes. I saw a large amount of caddis, #14-16 gray, for the first time today on the middle Winooski. Hendricksons and B. Quills still hatching, though eve. fishing will still be the best bet until we get some clouds and/or rain. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 May 2004

Time:

02:25:11

Comments

Water temps skyrocketed today into the upper 50’s and low 60’s on the big rivers. Hendrickson hatch was pretty good on a few different waters today, though it still depended on where you were on a particular stream stretch. The spinnerfall was truly amazing tonight…only problem was they didn’t fall until total darkness! I was a very lucky man today, as I released a remarkable 20″ 1.5 kg(3.3 lb) wild female brownie today just as hatch started…I used some N.Z. tactics and sighted her in knee deep water on station eating nymphs, I placed a sunken #14 Hendie emerger 4 ft. to the left and 2 ft. above her, and watched as she swam right over to it, opened her mouth, then as she came round to facing upstream, I tightened and she was on! Photos went quick and and painless for the fish, though the same cannot be said of me. As I released her, it turned out my tippet had lassoed her tail, and as she took off, the #14 fly went right into my left pointer finger knuckle…right in. And she’s yanking..hard. I reached into water w/ my right hand, tailed her, and yanked hook out, and undid tippet…yes, it was worth it!!! With these warm days coming up, expect action to be in eve. on bright days, and look for some caddis activity by this weekend. And wow, let’s hope for some rain! Only .08″ over last 2 days. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 May 2004

Time:

01:03:00

Comments

What a bizzare day today; I guided in the a.m., and we caught some nice brookies on dries on some small water, and later in p.m. and eve. I went back for some “hatch” action, except despite the ordinarily great weather for hatches, we saw nary a bug! A handful of B. Quills and R. Quills, no female Hendricksons. Water temps were in the low 50’s everywhere I went. The state is really in high gear in terms of stocking rivers and streams now. Another glaring thing this spring is how low the rivers are already; the Nat’l. Weather Service says we’re now 41% BELOW ave. since Jan. 1 for precipitation. Thats ok right now; but we’re gonna need some serious rain over next 6 weeks to keep things humming for summer. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 May 2004

Time:

01:55:21

Comments

An outstanding Hendrickson spinnerfall occured tonite…bringing some big fish up top. I landed a sweet female bow that taped 20″ exactly and 2.75 lb. She took a #14 rusty spinner at 7:00 pm tonite long after every angler had left the river. The hatch this afternoon was pretty darn good, but the bright sun made the fish extremely surface shy. Expect some outstanding fishing all this week! Water temps are throughout the 50’s, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 May 2004

Time:

22:02:37

Comments

Water temps didn’t budge too much today, ranging from the upper 40’s to low and mid 50’s depending on stream size and location/elevation. The stream I was on today was 51 all afternoon. I saw a few B. Quills and Red Quills (male hendrickson #14-16), but nary a large female Hendrickson. I’ve already found some enormous fish for a few lucky clients this year, catching them will be the challenge! Managed to nymph up a 11″ and 14″ wild bows, and got a very nice 16-17″ wild bow on a cdc #16 pink lady. As I eluded to, I spotted a couple more real big fish and as I learn their behavior and foraging traits, my clientele will get some great opportunities. But bug activity in general was not what it was on Thursday, so things are just cranking up. A warm cloudy nite followed by a muggy drizzly day is what we need! The Trophy Trout zones on the Lamoille and Winooski (what I affectionatly call the “petting zoos”) have been stocked, and a number of other good size tribs of both rivers have also been stocked. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

07 May 2004

Time:

00:05:46

Comments

Let the hatches begin! Today was the first day I saw good numbers of Hendricksons (mostly males, red quills #14-16), and a fair # of Blue Quills considering it was not overcast and dreary like B. Quills tend to like. And sure enough, I found some nice fish sporadically rising and heavy nymphing. The Lamoille and Winooski watersheds are both seeing a marked increase in bug activity. water temps are in the low to mid 50’s; .10″ of rain this eve. as of 8:00 p.m. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

05 May 2004

Time:

19:57:06

Comments

Between the melted snow and rain of today, I’ve gotten another .64″ of rain in Jeffersonville. The Big rivers have bumped up a bit, and the small streams are fast at the moment, but should drop quickly tonight. With a forecast of seasonable weather and many small fronts coming thru, conditions will be a bit unsettled and breezy, but I still think the fishing will really come alive by this weekend! The trophy trout zone on the Lamoille in Fairfax (800 14-15″ browns) was stocked last Thursday, and the “petting zoo” in Waterbury on the Winooski will get it’s first stocking of the 2 yr. old hatchery fish this Friday I believe, weather allowing. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

04 May 2004

Time:

15:28:18

Comments

Wow, nothing quite like waking up to snow on the ground in May! Evindently it got cold enough to drop the snowline down to just below 1000ft. in Northern Vt. It is melting as I write this, but no doubt water temps will be dropping a bit further than I thought yesterday; down to mid-upper 40’s on many waters. My good friend did take a nice 16-17″ wild bow yesterday nymphing on part of the Winooski, so I have no doubt by the time we warm up again this weekend, we’ll be in great shape! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

03 May 2004

Time:

16:37:24

Comments

We recieved .50″ of rain last nite in Jeffersonville as the cold front pushed thru. Water temps are on a slow drop downwards from temps in the 50’s to around 60! By tomarrow a.m. w/ the light snow forecast above 1500 ft., I expect water temps to be on either side of 50. Hatches should really pick up by this weekend. Look for Hendricksons #12-16, Blue Quills #18, A few Quill Gordons #14, lil brown stones (nymphing only)#12,14, and cranefly larvae #10-12. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

02 May 2004

Time:

01:11:08

Comments

Record breaking “heat” has sent water temps soaring around the state; the Winooski in Waterbury was 56 yesterday eve., and the Lamoille was 58 this afternoon here in Jeffersonvile. Hendricksons and Blue quills are still mostly in the southern part of state, but things should start happening in a few more days. Levels are great for fishing, and even the big rivers are fishable; w/ exception of below Bolton Dam on Winooski, where they are still spilling water out of Waterbury Res. Good luck on the water!!

 

Date:

30 Apr 2004

Time:

18:37:37

Comments

Nice Weather! Water temps and levels are very good for this time of year, though it would be nice to get some more rain in the northern half of the state. Blue Quills and a few Hendricksons are hatching in some southern waters and low elevation streams. Cranefly larvae, and Little Brown stones round out the active bugs at the moment. On an unrelated note, how about a moment of silence for Americas remaining Wild Salmon and Steelhead stocks….our wonderful “E.P.A.” (hard to even say those words) has decided that a Hatchery Coho and a wild streamborn Coho are now THE SAME WILD FISH!!! Yup, the “hatchery” is now to be managed as an extension of the wild fishery! Atleast 15 species/strains of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead, and the Atlantic Salmon are affected by this new policy. The winners? Well, the aquaculture industry went from being scrutinized to being percieved now as some kind of savior; the energy companies that no longer have to worry about dealing w/ the environmental impacts of their actions; the hugely subsidized barged grain farmers on the Columbia/Snake River System…just to name a few. But the fish and the regulatory process that benefits us in other ways such as clean water,reducing poor logging practices,etc….has been lost. No doubt, when a species is put on the endangered species list (as this ruling impacts)…certain entities have to jump thru alot of hoops and hurdles; so I guess we have to wonder…is an extra dollar on the monthly electricity bill, or an extra 20 cents on a pint of blueberries from an irrigated Maine Blueberry farm using a salmon river for water…is the trade-off worth the loss of not just some “wild fish”, but often the very environment around them. In some areas of the country I’m sure the answer is tougher to find than in other parts. Well, just some more food for thought, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

24 Apr 2004

Time:

21:44:03

Comments

A wet, gloomy a.m. turned into a nippy but sunny day. We did a nice willow planting project w/ my local T.U. Chapter this a.m., good stuff. Those who are regular readers know how much I despise low, warm water…well the warmth isn’t an issue in the spring, but we REALLY need some rain in the northern half of Vt. Morrisville (Lamoille Valley) averages 2.4″ for month, has only 1.06″ so far. Jan.-March have been 30-50% of average for many places. Only 20 miles west here in Jeffersonville, we’ve faired a bit better due to our more “upslope” component that makes the area one of the wettest in the state (I like rain!); April ave. is 3.2″, and I’ve gotten 2.5″ thus far. We do have a potential “rainmaker” for sunday night and Monday, but I’ll believe it when I see it. Too many times we’ve been in the “dry slot”!! Water temps aren’t going anywhere with lows of 15-25 tonight and below ave. temps for next 4 days…they’ll range thru the 40’s. Rivers normally would start getting stocked next week, but they normally wait for water temps to hit 50…that may be tough to find. I’ll be out of town until Thursday, so my next report will be on Thursday evening.

 

Date:

22 Apr 2004

Time:

23:09:10

Comments

Saw my first mayfly activity today on a small lowland stream this afternoon. A few Blue Quills, #18, but no fish activity despite the water being a whopping 54 deg. at 2:00 p.m.! Other highlights of the day included seeing salamanders swimming, a 6″ baby snake swimming across a pool, and finding somebodies potted pot plant from last year…ah, spring in Vermont! Cool temps are forecast for weekend so water temps are going to stabilize a bit in the mid to upper 40’s. Still gotta go deep and slow. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

21 Apr 2004

Time:

20:37:20

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After a cool and blustery morning, the wind has shifted more out of the south and air temps have really warmed up; 64 in Jeffersonville at 4:00 p.m. Water temps range throughout the 40’s to around 50 on some of the smaller lower elevation streams. While the state has stocked a few ponds that have iced out enough, I do not know of any trout streams that have been stocked w/ anything other steelhead smolts. Stocking in rivers and streams should pick up in a week or so. Not much new w/ hatches, good luck on the water!

 

Date:

20 Apr 2004

Time:

19:52:01

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Water temps range throughout the 40’s today. With all the snowmelt and rain from yesterday the big river are high and dirty. Some small streams are high, while others that missed out on the rain are clear and below ave. for this time of year. Forecast is for seasonable weather, and some showers Wed./Thur. Not much really hatching yet. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

19 Apr 2004

Time:

20:58:18

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I got about .33″ of rain last night here in Jeffersonville, and with the warm overnight temps and the air temps around 80 this afternoon, water temps have warmed up considerably, 48 on 2 tribs of the Winooski at 1:00 p.m., and almost 50 on a brk near my place. We’re not expecting much cool weather for week, and with some “warm” rains with the front moving thru tonight, things are setting up nicely. I actually saw a couple #16-18 caddis today…but I’ve never held much value to caddis in April…they emerge too fast for trout in such cold water, and they’re not much of a hunk of meat for the bigger browns! Lil brown stones are around#12-14. Little Black buggers and leachs, along with cranefly larvae are my top picks right now. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

18 Apr 2004

Time:

21:22:20

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Water temps range from 41-48 around the area depending on size and elevation. Interesting thing I read today regarding the Battenkill; a local conservation/environmental (?) group has asserted that high bacteria levels and an episode of raw sewage released into river could be a big culprit in the trout population there. Hmmm, well, I’ve never really been good at political correctness anyway, so here goes: While I wouldn’t want to be in the river when sewage was released into the water, the reality of the situation is that the Battenkill is plenty clean enough for trout, and any “enrichment”, would not devestate the trout population…it may destroy “insect species diversity” to be sure…but not the trout. And if it did, it would no doubt effect the canary in the coalmine,aka the brook trout first. But in the past 20 years of brown trout decline, the brookies have held in #’s. The Mad River, trib of the Winooski, routinely gets tested in summer…and routinely reports e.coli levels ABOVE state levels after thunderstorms/rain. We won’t even ponder what the Winooski, Lamoille, or Otter Creek would test out at, but safe to say, they’re “enriched”. And they’re also some of the best trout water in the state. To be clear, the group on the ‘Kill is doing a great thing, and anglers want answers bad regarding the trout pops there. But sometimes I think these broader based groups have a mission of “distilled water quality”; not enhancing trout pops. naturally or unnaturally, through their policies. Take your pick: a clean,sterile steam full of swimmers, tubers, canoers, and no trout; or a stream that is “enriched” a bit (too much and its bass water), and full of trout? If you’re a keen angler, I think I know! Of course the irony is, I wouldn’t tell that group to do anything different if I was a member. My concern with stormwater runoff issues is not so much “enrichment”, but THERMAL, i.e. heated ashpalt parking lots draining into tiny,cool, tribs. and in time warming river. So call it same goals for different reasons! But we have to put things in perspective. To say the Kill’s decline is due to these “enrichment” issues, while the Hoosic, 30 minutes south, a EPA SUPERFUND SITE until recently, has a stable wild brown trout pop. during the last 25 years… Just some more food for thought…good luck on the water!

 

Date:

17 Apr 2004

Time:

21:51:32

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Water temps are slowly rising; I got readings of 41-46 degrees today, and then the fairly warm rain started which was nice. The Winooski was at black wooly bugger clarity in Montpelier upstream. The Lamoille is pain dirty, but not high. Tribs are running “fast”, and really clear. Little Brown Stones are hatching all over the place, but until water warms up a bit more, it won’t mean much!! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

16 Apr 2004

Time:

13:46:48

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A chilly start to the day, but with blue skies and plenty of sun, rivers and stream should continue their slow warm-up. Water temps on the Winooski were 42 degrees, and a couple of tribs were the same. Little Brown Stones are just starting to appear, and with around 70 over the next 3 days, I’m pretty confident there will be some fish caught! Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

15 Apr 2004

Time:

14:16:10

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A bright sunny day today should help warm things up a bit. Forecast is for increaing air temps thru the weekend, so things are really looking up! I don’t normally get too into issues of things written in Flyfishing magazines…but after what I read and saw yesterday, I feel compelled speak out! In the current “trout” issue of free mag. “Flyfish America”, there is an article on the Lamoille River by a guy from Bristol who went out with another Vt. guide operation. Please folks, don’t believe for one minute we have “catchable” numbers of browns and rainbows OVER 25″!! This is just shameless promotion run amuck. As somebody who has guided and fished the Lamoille far more than either of the “contributors” to the piece, I can tell you first, the pic of that big Rainbow w/ article is a file photo, that fish did not come from Vt. The LARGEST lamoille rainbows that myself, friends, AND the Vt. F&W Dep’t have SEEN, electro-shocked, or caught…are roughly 17-18″. Period. Rainbows don’t live more than 5 yrs in Vt., and considering trout don’t really grow once water temps reach over 68, their own acknowledgment that the river runs in mid 70’s at times in summers, shows the biological limitations to bows getting that big. As for Browns, only last year, did I have a client SHOW me a pic of a Brown he got in 2001 (the drought of droughts!), that went 25-26″. It was a hen fish, emaciated and skinny in August, stuck in a pool it could not get out of. One fish. According to the Vt. F&W last creel/electro survey’s the biggest brown trout observed was 17″ and 18″ respectively. 2 fish that size all season! I do believe there ARE browns in the 16-20″ class, but to have pics of Western trout and talk of 25″+ fish…well, if it was any other business, you could be sued for deceptive advertising! Also, as I have mentioned many times over the years, the notion of fishing in 75 degree water for trout is about as unsporting as one can get; let alone if a guide is promoting such actions. To be clear, I have written a few “shameless promotion” articles in my day; BUT I have always stuck to a few guidelines regarding journalistic integrity in an industry that is full of B.S. First, use photos of trout that actually come from river, let alone use pics of the river! Second, be true about the ave. size of the fish, mention how big they “can” get, but alknowledge really how big they are. And if they’re stocked/wild. Second, don’t mention exploiting spawning fish, or fishing in water over 70…both questionable commentaries from folks who claim to be conservationists, and catch& release sorts. Any guide with an understanding of nature would recognize the hypocracy of such actions. To me, the trout are my business partners, I treat them with respect in terms of handling and when NOT to fish for them…in the long run the more business partners I have the better my business should be…I’m the first to admit that; so I try to take the steps to walk the walk, and talk the talk. Articles such as this lead to unrealistic expectations of visiting/new anglers, and it’s not fun to explain to folks that “No, the lamoille does not have 20″+ rainbows…then again how many places in the U.S. really do? Not many really.” Well, thats my rant for the day…I hope it makes us all think a bit! Good luck on the Water!

 

Date:

14 Apr 2004

Time:

21:14:59

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Good Luck everyone, I hope you enjoy the reports.

 

Date:

14 Apr 2004

Time:

20:38:15

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We recieved about .90″ of rain over the past 36 hrs. here in Jeffersonville. Water levels are up obviously, but they should drop quite quickly and I’m looking forward to getting out this weekend! Warmer temps are forecast, and I think the brookies will start getting active. If you’re interested in booking a trip, now is the time to book for the “big fish” period of May and early June. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

12 Apr 2004

Time:

23:41:01

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Call today the calm before the storm; as the whole state is forecast to have big rains over the next 36 hrs or so. An inch or more of rain could fall, which will bring some smaller streams with snowpack over their banks. The big rivers are as prepared to handle the rains as they could be for this time of year…the Lamoille is so low I could have waded across it today in Jeffersonville!! This rain should bump water temps up nicely though, and I’m willing to go out on a limb and say we should start catching fish this weekend. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

11 Apr 2004

Time:

20:39:31

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Water levels for this time of year are really quite low, and most small streams are really clear; but the limiting factor at this time of year is always water temp. With the water still in the upper 30’s, fishing will be tough to say the least. As soon as we see some temps of around 43 and higher during the afternoon, we’ll start getting some fish! Lets hope for big rains this Tue. and Wed., good luck on the water!

 

Date:

10 Apr 2004

Time:

14:30:02

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Opening day is upon us…and it’s cold! 34 degrees at 10:00a.m. Water levels have dropped nicely on all waters because of the cold temps, and most are quite clear. As with the whole month of April, the keys to catching trout on the fly are fishing deep,slow water, and fish with a heavily weight nymph or small streamer. Besides the Steelhead hoopla, brook trout are usually pretty active since they prefer colder water to begin with. Good luck on the water!

 

Date:

08 Apr 2004

Time:

16:11:04

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A nice, breezy day around 50 should help get rid of the snow that fell a few days ago. The smaller rivers and streams are actually pretty clear and at an ok level. Water temps though are just plain cold. With highs on Friday and Saturday of 41-42 and lows of 27, I don’t think we’ll see too many active fish! It’ll have to be slow,dark, deep, and lucky!

 

Date:

06 Apr 2004

Time:

19:18:45

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A classic April snowstorm fell across the northern part of the state, dropping 6+” here in Cambridge. I think a great deal of the waters this coming weekend will be quite high and cold as is usual for a VT. opener! Snow is now forecast for Friday. Start looking for small brk trout streams that don’t have much snowpack in the valley, and you’ll find your best luck for this weekend.

 

Date:

30 Mar 2004

Time:

19:45:17

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As I see the snow almost gone from my yard I know we’re getting close to a new season! I hope everyone had a good winter; New Zealand was as fantastic as ever, and now I’m looking forward to some good fishing this upcoming season. The big rivers are swollen with run-off right now, and the small streams are mostly clear. We’re expecting an inch of rain or more from Wed. thru Sat. My next report will be a few days before the April 10th opener.

 

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