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General Fishing Report September 4, 2019

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General Fishing Report for September 4, 2019

Hello Anglers! I hope that everyone has successfully transitioned into end of summer, back to school mode, or whatever September brings to you.  One thing is for sure, the weather has been hinting at fall, with several cool, if not cold nights, especially in the mountains. I got to fish the Otter in the MIddlebury and Rutland areas last weekend. Temps were ok, although lower 60’s seem to really get the fish moving.  It was also before the rain, and they were pretty low.  I’d still suggest taking temps on the Creek before you trout fish, just to be sure though.  Mornings will still offer the coolest temps on on the Creek.  The fishing on the Creek was slow, as it usually is at the end of summer, but we picked up a few fish on some small mayfly imitations and small Walts Worms.  I also fished an Otter trib that was full of happy wild brown and rainbows.  Pretty much one fly did the trick; a  quilldigon in size 16.  I find that as the Fall fishing moves on for trout, fly selection can become pretty easy for me.  I can usually have on some sort of small Baetis nymph, in size 16-20, some tan Caddis in 14-18 and maybe and Isonychia mayfly imitation if I need something with a bigger profile and/or weight.  Some Baetis nymphs that worked well for me in the past include Perdigon and Quilldigons, Iron Lotus, JuJu Baetis and Pheasant Tails.  Oftentimes I’ll pair the smaller nymph with a bit bigger pattern as an anchor on my Euro rig and most times a 14 iron lotus or pheasant tail fills that spot. I’m also reaching for my dry box more this time of year, especially on the Creek.  Dry/dropper or double dry, I’ll run a larger dry on the double rig, paired with a more imitative emerger or dry.  The dry/dropper rig usually has something that’s active but that I can also see.

With cooler water temps around, the pike fishing is improving as well.  After a summer in the deepest holes, Pike are going to be on the feed for the next couple months.  You can get away with a bigger fly this time of year, but flies in the 4-7 inch range will do just fine and not get you tired out as quick.  Again, match the forage, which on the creek is primarily fallfish and perch, but having some brown/yellowish flies to imitate bass and suckers is smart as well.  Many friends have had some awesome days with mostly orange flies as well.  

It’s also a good time to mention that hunting seasons have started and will continue through the remainder of the regular fishing season. Just something to keep in mind.  I’ll update the report as often as conditions and my schedule allow, but always feel free to reach out to dave@mmvt.com or check in the shop with Steve.  Have a great start to September and we’ll see you on the water. Cheers,

 

Dave

 

Previous Reports

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General fishing report for March 15, 2019. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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