May 1st Fishing Report


We’re just a few days away from the 16th Otter Creek Classic. There is still time to sign up and grab some support stickers. We have some awesome prizes to give away at the BBQ this Sunday. When I think back to previous OCC tournaments high and cold water seems to be a trend; baring a big rain event this year will be much different. Over this week depending on the river system temperatures have ranged from the mid 40’s to mid 50’s. The mayflies I’ve seen hatching seem to prefer the cloudy/overcast drizzly days. Bug activity seems to peak in the early afternoons.

While all of my fishing has still been sub surface I’ve heard of anglers having success on dry flies. Fish have started to move out from the depths and hold in protected seams next to fast water. The several guided trips we have taken out have all produced a mix of wild and stocked fish. With the low and clear water I’ve started to size down my fly options which have consisted mostly of mayfly nymphs. Some flies to have on hand consist of pheasant tails, thread frenchies, blow torches, and red darts. I would expect as the water continues to warm caddis should start making more regular appearances so think walt’s worms, peeping caddis, and GTI’s. As fish start to key in on hatching bugs more a good option is to fish a soft hackle or a CDC nymph on your dropper on a 2 fly rig. Letting your flies swing up at the end of your drift can bring some aggressive strikes. 

This weekend is Vermont’s green up day. If you’re fishing the tournament you’ll get bonus points for collecting trash. If you find yourself elsewhere consider picking up trash as you fish. There’s no coincidence that trout need cold and clean water so please do your part to keep this state’s river clean. If you haven’t stopped in the shop recently we’re receiving summer clothing daily as well as hiking and camping gear.