General Fishing Report July 17, 2021

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General Fishing Report for July 17, 2021

Hello out there anglers!  Rivers and streams in the area are in great shape and about to get another good dose of rain overnight.  Look for trout fishing to improve with the higher and stained flows, as was the case for the past couple of weather events.  Quite the change from the last couple of summers, and much appreciated. We've found that with increased flows, fish are happily out munching various offerings that are coming by.  Nothing in particular has stood out as a go-to pattern but some we've found success on the iron lotus, Walt's worm, smaller mayfly imitations  and frenchies/pheasant tails.  I've also had some luck with jig buggers in white, and surprisingly the smaller fish are taking that more readily than the larger fish.  If you find yourself fishing in some stained and clearing flows, don't be afraid to go more natural with your offerings, as all sorts of bugs are getting tossed around in the current.  Now a size 18 PT might not get any looks in a deep tea stained water, but as things settle out, it can be worth a few fish.  And as we head deeper into summer, smaller bugs are becoming more of the mainstay of nymphing trout. 

Although the Otter can be too warm for trout, the other species around are enjoying the increased flows.  Steve and I took out 4 beginners the other day and they had a blast catching Fallfish, Bass and Rock Bass for a couple of hours.  I also witnessed a solid 30" pike getting landed and talked to a few more anglers who did well on smallmouth.  We were not using anything special, just our trout nymphs, and changing the flies frequently seemed to get a few more takes.  

Hard to know if tomorrow (Sunday) will be blown out or not, depends on how much water the ground wants to soak up.    Streamers will be a great option for a couple of days as well.  And I am liking the overnight lows for next week, with a bit more rain.  It may keep much of the water cool for a good while.  I think nymphs and streamers will be the best bet for a few days, with some dry action as things settle out.  Couple things to keep in mind:  Structure and rocks will shift during higher flows, so wade safe.  Also, because of the recent warmth (past month or so) some fish may have done a seasonal migration to find optimal (or better) conditions. I'm a big fan of finding some moving and well oxygenated water this time of year, even if the water has some stain to it. Never overlook the lower gradient stuff, as the wild fish are troopers and can survive in less optimal conditions than maybe we think. 

Stopped into the shop today, and it looks great as always.  Fly bins are well stocked and lots of terminal tackle for your needs.  I've also been meaning to mention about a podcast that I've been listening to that some of you might enjoy. BENT is not a fly-fishing podcast but fishing in general and it's always been a good listen and some good chuckles or two.  Check it out if you have the time.  Feel free to send me a line with any questions, thoughts or good days dave@mmvt.com.  It's nice to hear from people; I enjoy writing these and its always nice to hear from those that read it.  Thanks!  Good luck out there, stay safe as we creep towards August!  Cheers,

 

Dave

Previous Reports

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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.

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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.