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General Fishing Report October 21, 2019

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General Fishing Report for October 21. 2019

Greetings Anglers!  You’ve got 10 days left of the regular trout season! Are you ready? With some more rain in the forecast and decent daytime temperatures for the next 10 days, it looks to be shaping up for a wonderful end of the regular season.  With the last dump of rain, the fishing seemed to get better (at least for me) as the water levels dropped, and the weekend went on.  Nymphs that got looks this weekend included stoneflies, worms, rainbow warriors, Caddis and Walt’s worms. Streamers got some looks from some better than average fish for me on Friday as well. I was throwing some 3-5 inch olive colored streamers (Butte Rats) which showed up rather well in the stained water.  Because of favorable water temps, fish are still happily eating, mainly just off the current seams as they take advantage before the lean winter months come.  As we move forward, with rain tomorrow, the middle to end of the week could be good, depending of course on how much rain we get.  If you do fish the dirtier water, remember to give the fish a fly that gives a good silouhette (bigger nymphs and streamers), and as the water clears, then make the switch to smaller and more natural looking flies.  I’m still seeing tan Caddis out there, which when paired with a girdle bug, produced some fish for me on Sunday. At this time of year and especially with the off-colored water, 9 times out of 10 I’m going to go for the girdle bug, with the tenth time being probably a jigged bugger fished like a nymph.   Focus on getting a good drift with the nymphs, and good action with your streamers.  

The Otter is high and not advisable to wade fish right now, but with some luck it will come down, as it is one of the best and closest options for trout fishing after the season closes.  Remember it is open after the 31st all the way to Danby, which is a ton of water.  Please check the regulations for all open water after the 31st!

Also, as mentioned previous, be on the lookout for pre-spawn or spawning trout!  I’ve heard several reports of fish staging on redds, so watch the steps.  If you are lucky enough, you might even be able to scan the water and spot these fish; a cool sight.  Most literature does advise to not target these fish, as they are making future trout for us all to enjoy.  

This will probably be the last report before the season closes, but I will keep updating as conditions warrant.  Thanks to all of you that have sent notes and questions throughout the year.  And please, keep them coming, dave@mmvt.com.    I hope you all get a chance to go out in the last few days of the season; good luck, be safe and have fun. Cheers,

Dave

 

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General Fishing Report for April 15, 2019

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

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

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General fishing report for March 15, 2019. 

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

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

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

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

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

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