Fishing Report March 26, 2020

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General Fishing Report for March 26, 2020

Greetings fellow Anglers!  I hope this report finds everyone well, doing the best you can with our current situation. First off a big thanks to all of Vermont's essential workers! You Rock!!  I guess if there is a lining to this situation, its that fishing can still happen.  A good way to get some fresh air and practice social distancing.  If you haven't heard yet the OCC and F3T was rescheduled for the weekend of September 18th and tier 3 registration will be open until then.  $50 and you'll get a custom MiiR insulated bottle.  Steve is working hard on opening up an online store that should be active within the week, keep tuned to the social media pages of the shop for updates.  Expect to see rods, lines, flies, Fishpond nets and packs along with some other fun stuff.  Now more than ever is a good time to support your local fly shop. 

As is the case with this rapidly changing state of affairs right now, I was just alerted to some info out of Washington State that the fish and wildlife there has closed rivers because of their stay inside, stay safe order.  It is in your best interest to keep check with our fish and wildlife department about our fishing opportunities.  As of right now, I am led to believe that fishing is ok in VT and I think NY as well, but it is up to you to keep track of these ongoing closures and suspensions.  (I added NY as many of us fish across the Lake and their regular trout season begins on April 1).  

As far as local waters go, the Creek in Midd is high, just over 2000 cfs, but from the gauge, looks to be at a fishable level in the Rutland area.  Lake Champlain tribs are getting their fair share of action; I've seen some nice steelhead on social media, but have yet to get out myself.  Early season fishing can be a double edged sword; we like to get out on the nice days, but that sometimes releases a bit more snow melt (especially with the slug of snow we just got), which despite the strong March sun, tends to lower the water temperature a bit.  I have found that despite this, the trout are still willing to take a well presented offering.  I'm a big fan of a slightly larger meal in the form of a nymph, like a stonefly, drifted streamer and junk flies like mops and worms. These in combo with some smaller stones (that are active right now) or smaller attractor nymphs can be a good ticket.  Sometimes the bigger nymph gets the fishs' attention and the smaller fly is the one that gets eaten.  I do find that most of my early season worms eats do come when the water is a bit stained. A stripped or swung streamer is another excellent choice right now.  You probably wont get as much action as the nymphing game, but it does target the more aggressive fish (and sometimes larger).  Some flies to have on hand right now: large and small stones 4-14, worms, mops, princes, attractors like rainbow warriors (the flash can be a trigger), Egans Darts, Blow Torch, Frenchies or Pheasant Tails, Egg patterns and streamers in various colors especially white, black and olive.  

As far as water to target, I'm looking for seams (as usual), but be sure to hit the slower water that is off the seam before you wade in too far.  Depth is all relative to the river or stream you are fishing. I am usually looking for a good seam first, then covering various depths within that seam.  Another helpful tip is to cover water, finding the active fish in one spot can be frustrating. The more fish you drift your rig by, the higher your chance of getting some action.  

This is an ever evolving time right now and we will do our best to keep everyone up to date with happenings in the fishing community, but please use the VT fish and wildlife website and state website for other news.  If any of you need anything from the shop before the online store goes up, you can reach Steve either via the shop phone (802)388-7245 and leave a message or email him steve@mmvt.com. He can take payment over the phone and can either leave your purchase for you at the shop or mail it out to you.  Feel free to reach out to me as well, dave@mmvt.com with any questions about fishing, flies to tie, flies I am tying right now or anything else. Stay safe people, 

 

Dave 

Previous Reports

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Greetings Anglers!  May the fourth be with you. For sure it’s been a wet April out there.  I heard today that we got double the amount of rain we usually get in April. This has made for some interesting conditions out there on our local rivers.  Tons of water for sure, but that has also meant that our local resident trout population has been getting fed pretty regularly with all the runoff!  It has also created some quickly decreasing clarity on the rivers when it does rain.

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General fishing Report for 4/21/2019. 

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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.