General Fishing Report June 12, 2020


General Fishing Report June 12, 2020

Here are some things we've seen over the past week on the local trout waters.  Save for a stray storm, rivers levels are low. This is leading to some spooky fish, which combined with the early season pressure, is making those fish even more spooky.  But, we have been having success.  Smaller flies, mainly mayfly nymph imitations have been working well.  We are looking at flies in the 16-18 range.  Combined with smaller tippet, preferably flourocarbon and you'll have a better shot at some fish.  If you are nymphing, having a couple decent weighted smaller flies has been working, and if you are dry dropper fishing, make sure that dropper has enough weight so that you are fishing two distinct water levels.  Most times a tungsten bead can accomplish this, just make sure your dry is buoyant enough to float your nymph.  If you are getting rises to your dry, but a refusal, it is time to downsize your dry, usually a size or two.  If this proves hard to see, I would suggest a double dry rig, where the larger dry is your indicator fly.  It is also paying to be stealthy now.  Drab  or camouflage type colored clothing, longer leaders and flourocarbon tippet will definely help your odds. 

I have not been on the Creek since last weekend and would have to think that temps are hit and miss, most likely a hit in the morning.  Now is the time to be working the thermometers, even up high.  Brook trout will be more lethargic at temps lower than 70, so keep that in mind when fishing up higher.  Temps for the upcoming week look decent, cooler nights early in the week with some warmer temps to follow.  I dare say that wader season has been put on hold?  Need some wet wading gear?  Hit Steve up at the shop for some wading socks, quick dry pants and sun hoodies from Simms and Patagonia. 

Flies suggestions for the upcoming week include your scribes personal favorite the Iron Lotus, any type of Perdigon nymph (various colors) and some sexy walts worms.  Many of these flies owe their success to the fact that they cut through the water column quickly.  Perdigon nymphs don't really catch my eye as a consumer, but they sure do catch the fishes eye!  Dries are more of an anglers choice, but I'd suggest some more flush floating flies (as opposed to higher riding hackled flies) and have whatever you bring in a range of sizes.  In the upper reaches of rivers I have seen more and more yellow and green sallies (stoneflies) coming off, along with some small to medium mayflies. When in doubt, some parachute Adams or stimulators are good flies to have on hand.  

As always feel free to reach out to me, or Steve at the shop, or (802)388-7245 and we be more than happy to help you out. And thanks all of you who have reached out this spring for fishing questions and more importantly all of you who have supported the shop in these ever-changing times we are living in. Thanks!