Fishing Report Update - October 25th, 2023
Fishing Update: water on the small tributaries is dropping. Clarity is perfect for streamers. Try the best you can to keep your boots dry to avoid walking on or above spawning redds.
The nymphing game can also be great with higher flows. Think heavy junk flies, I will usually fish two opposite colored flies on the same rig. Something bright and obnoxious paired with something more natural. Stop in the shop to stock up before the flows jump with the rain forecasted for this weekend.
As we look towards February and slowly lengthening days, we find ourselves in the center of the winter months. The next few weeks will probably determine what our sustained snowpack will look like, so despite the desire to want spring fishing conditions, think snow. Overall, this year’s milder weather has offered what feels like more days to get on the water that are above freezing. The challenge has been working around the changes in water levels and turbidity related to melt and rain. Even with those hurdles we have still found some productive fishing locally.
RIVER CONDITIONS: Water levels are in very good shape and will continue to drop and warm over the week. The warm weather the next few days should push water temps into optimal fishing temps, though without rain the clarity may make for some challenges in the high sun. It looks like the Otter in Middlebury will be below 1000cfs which is a rarity during the OCC. This should open allot more good fishing options for the event.