General Fishing Report June 1, 2020

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General Fishing Report for June 1, 2020

Hey Folks!  Happy June 1.  The trout streams got some much needed heat relief over the weekend, setting up what should be an outstanding week on the water.  The Creek was right at 70 degrees yesterday; I would think its gotten down even further last night and today.  Good time to remember that thermometer and check some temps!  A week ago on the Creek, fish were all about Caddis type flies.  No surprise given the amount of Caddis flying around.  I managed a few fish on a soft hackle type hares ear that has produced for me in the past during Caddis activity.  Caddis Pupa and emergers will do the trick too, as will the tungsten carotene jig and soft hackle carrot.  Still plenty of anglers out there on some of the more prime days, like after a rain. Plenty of productive water out there if you don't like the crowds.  Lots of sections around that have nice mixes of stocked and wild fish.  The stocked fish are taking more attractor patterns and the wild fish more natural (and smaller) patterns.   

Our guide calendar is getting some work, now that we have the ability to run trips.  We have changed around a few housekeeping protocols to make them an even safer experience.  Give the shop a call if you would like to schedule one.  Give it some consideration if you are looking to improve one (or more) aspect of your fly-fishing game. Sometimes a different set of eyes on a situation can help ones ability immensely. Steve is still open for walk-in customers on select days of the week, and still offering curbside pick up.  (802) 388-7245 or info@mmvt.com

Looking ahead, some warmer temps toward the end of the week, so keep that in mind.  Generally mornings offer the coolest water conditions of the day.  Have plenty of Caddis, mayfly and stonefly patterns on hand.  I did see some lime and yellow sallies over the last weekend.  Some mayflies popping yesterday afternoon.  I didn't catch one to i.d. But they still looked on the larger range 12-14.  Another thing to keep in mind is to have some smaller sizes of your favorite patterns on hand.  We are getting to that time of the year where the larger bugs are generally over, plus having a smaller offering than other folks are throwing can sometimes get the eat.  We'll have some good intel with a bunch of trips this week, so I'll pass that along in the next report.  Feel free to drop me a line as always dave@mmvt.com. Stay safe out there, 

 

Dave

Previous Reports

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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.

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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.