General Fishing Report April 30, 2021

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General Fishing Report April 30, 2021

Hello out there anglers!  In true spring fashion, here we are in the midst of some blown out rivers!!  Things are going to be high for the rest of today, and quite possibly some of tomorrow, depending on future rainfall.  It looks like a short window though as current projections show another 1" over the beginning of next week.  Time to hit it while the flows and clarity allow and refill the boxes or fish elsewhere when things are up!  Couple items of note: Tomorrow May 1 begins the spring turkey season in Vermont and runs the entire month. And tomorrow is Vermont's annual Green Up Day.  In true OCC cares fashion, I hope that many of you can get out and do your part with some Green Up.

Over the last couple of weeks, trout fishing seems to have been a bit over the map. Decent days when the clarity has been a bit off, but also harder days with similar clarity but sun and/or cold water temps.  Regardless, the fish are still there.  Guide and OCC winner Asa reports that in his area the browns are holding tight to the sucker pods, enjoying some much needed protein.  He was able to fool a couple using a Rainbow Warrior, which doesn't look like a sucker spawn, but the fish seemed to like it.  Craig has had some action up north drifting in his raft with buggers and nymphs.  Fish were spread out in different water types, from heads of riffles to deep slow pockets.  I think the take home here is that until we get some more consistent flows and water temps, fish will be a bit harder to pattern and on that note, hatches will also be a bit more sporadic.  The Pike bite on the Creek was beginning to turn on, but conditions will be tough for a few days and possibly longer given current water conditions.  I have not heard of any smallies in the Lake Champlain tribs yet, but I believe that we are right on the doorstep for that too.  Have I mentioned yet how spring on Vermont has so many fishing opportunities going on!  Some days when things are on, it can be hard to make the call as to where to go.  Personally, this is my favorite time to be on the water, especially on the trout streams.  Before stocking hits and warm water temps, it can be your best shot of the year to get into some quality wild fish.  Want to fish somewhere, but faced with a day like today and can't hit the streams?  Why not explore one of the many lakes we've got around.  Warm water fish, some with trout, some with both.  Me and the dog hiked in to a local lake today and we had a blast.  I landed some perch and ended up losing several of my intended quarry, some rainbow trout.  Everything was all about a white streamer.  

It doesn't seem that any one fly has out-produced on the trout streams recently, so keep everything handy and don't be afraid to change if things are slow.  I will say though, that with the increased flows over the last few days there are sure to be tons of earthworms and night crawlers getting washed into the system.  Everyone has their own theory on what a fly is, but I'm using a squirmy worm to imitate a legitimate food source that trout eat.  Same can be said of using Hoppers or Beetles.  Other items that get kicked around in the current are stones and Caddis. I've also seen salamanders and frogs getting pushed around during high flows-- perfect for some streamers.  Another thing to keep in mind is retrieves; tighlining? Give your nymphs a few jigs occasionally during a run.  Let those same flies swing out every now and then. Streamers? Strip, twitch, pause, hop along the bottom. Play with how your streamer is retrieved versus which direction the current is going.  I typically like a upstream or cross stream retrieve, but many successful streamer anglers like to strip slow/fast downstream.  

As always, feel free to send along any questions or whatever to dave@mmvt.com. Steve continues to keep us well supplied in some awesome gear and clothing. If you get out this weekend, wade safe and good luck.  Cheers,

 

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.