General Fishing Report April 9, 2021

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General Fishing Report for Opening Day EVE!!!!!

It's GO time Anglers!  With opening day weather that hasn't been seen like this in a long time, it should make for an exciting opening weekend and OCC 13. Couple thoughts for the weekend:  With the nice temps we've been experiencing, I bet that all water in a given system is going to be in play this year; and with sun, some of the pocket water could provide an overhead refuge for the trout.  Someone might catch a fish on a dry this year, I don't know what do you think?  It is going to pay to be flexible with your plan, your fly selection and fish the conditions.

Water levels while low for this time of year and in great shape.  Looks like some snow melt has flattened out the New Haven gauge (and has affected other tribs similarly) and the Otter in Rutland is still dropping, which translates into lots of water to fish.  With our recent warmer temps, bugs are sure to be active as well, might be the year of the Frenchie, Walt's Worm or Hares Ear as opposed to the worm, mop and stonefly. Keep them all handy, and let the fish decide.  And some helpful tips from some long-time competitors not relating to fishing:  remember your food and hydration, a change of clothes for that unfortunate dunk and don't be afraid to take a break, let your mind and body relax and focus on something other than fishing for a couple minutes; its hard but for many of us, this will be our longest fishing day of the year and a break could mean the difference between you counting that 22" wild brown and missing the strike.  

If you do have issues, the shop will be open tomorrow.  Please follow all state guidelines for entering the store.  I also believe that Steve would prefer no cleats in the store.  Fishing for the OCC will begin 1/2 hour before sunrise both days, which looks like at about 5:50 am and ends at 5pm Saturday and 12 pm Sunday.  Note that pictures and scorecards should be submitted electronically by that time to info@mmvt.com

Good luck tomorrow, hope to see some of you on the water,

 

DK

Previous Reports

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General Fishing Report for June 8, 2019

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General Fishing Report May 18, 2019

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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.