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General Fishing Report July 4, 2019

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General Fishing Report July 4, 2019

Happy Fourth of July anglers!  As if on cue, warm weather is in full force this week. It should go with out saying, but your thermometer should be getting a workout now!  As a reminder, if you are practicing catch and release with trout, water temps should be below 70 degrees.  There is plenty of cold water out there, so I suggest leaving the stuff that you know gets warm until we get more significant cool weather.  It’s also a good idea if you are hitting some water that might get warm later in the day to go super early as that is when the coolest water temps are to be found.  Otherwise, fishing has been solid.  I had a great guide trip last weekend, with fish ignoring the dry part of the dry/dropper so we went to the tight line rig for most of the day.  It was mostly wild fish that we got into, and they seemed to be keyed in on smaller mayfly nymph imitations like iron lotus and Perdigons (Quilldigons). I did see a few smaller mayfly adults in the air that day.  In addition, we’ve been seeing a bunch of yellow and lime green sallies on our mountain waters.  The nymphs of these stoneflies are super slender as well.  One of the other patterns of note this time of year that I actually haven’t fished in a few years, but plan to is a simple zebra midge.  I don’t know if its a profile thing or the contrast with the body ribbing, but I’ve found that these bugs can catch some fish.  Ive had success with black and red in sizes 16-20.  It is a great pattern to get used to fishing small and also a good pattern to tie to get used to tying small.  Two other thoughts to keep in mind as we get into summer trout fishing: tippet size and stealth. If you haven’t done so already, downsizing tippet can really make a difference, as can switching to fluorocarbon. As far as stealth goes, dressing in drab (or camo) colors is the way to go, and being aware of your approach and closeness to possible fish. 

We will be hosting the movie, Artifishal, the Fight to Save Wild Salmon at the Marquis in downtown Middlebury on July 10th.  All proceeds will be donated to the New Haven River Anglers.  Sure to be a great time, so come on in out of the heat for a cold drink and a fun evening.

As always, feel free to send me questions, dave@mmvt.com.  Otherwise, enjoy summer, whether fishing is involved or not and hope to see you out on or in the water! 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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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.