General Fishing Report October 9, 2021

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General Fishing Report October 9, 2021

Hey out there anglers!  Hope Fall is treating you well.  It's pretty amazing out there right now, and I'm not even talking about the fishing. Beautiful weather and stunning foliage, a fabulous combination. And the trout fishing right now is pretty good to boot!  Otter Creek tribs are on the low and clear side, but fishing well.  The Otter itself is fishing excellent right now, and at a great flow too.  During the last rainy weekend, there was a consistent BWO (Blue Winged Olive) hatch happening, and most of my fish were taken using some small BWO nymphs and emergers.  I fished both flies as part of a nymph rig, with a heavier fly as the anchor.  The key was getting the two fly rig to penetrate the fast water and into the feeding zone quickly.  During some sunnier weather recently, the fish were is the same water type, but happily eating size 12-14 mayfly nymphs, like the Iron Lotus, thread Frenchie and Strolis' quill bodied nymph (all of which have similar body types: slim like the naturals and slim to penetrate the water column quickly).  Shades of olive worked the best.  Tan Caddis pupa type flies have also been working on the creek, in sizes 14-16.  I like my Caddis pupa with some soft hackle on them, which could also make the trout think that they are a drowned adult. Sexy Walts worms in various natural colors have been doing well too.  The prince, as usual in the Fall, has been getting a workout as well.  

Water temps are pretty ideal for this time of year.  The Creek was in the low 60's yesterday and I would think that lower reaches of the tribs are similar. Still plenty of warmth left everywhere for fish to come to the surface to eat.  Not much finer than take a super-colored up Brookie on a dry fly this time of year.  I have not seen a bunch of surface activity on the Creek, except for yesterday, when I saw a rise as I was mid-cast, but it ended up eating my nymph anyway.  Leaves are present in the water, but are not too much of an issue yet.  Other thing to be on the watch out for are spawning or pre-spawn Brook and Brown trout.  Learn to recognize redds and areas that fish make them in, so as to avoid disturbing them.  The health of our future wild trout fishery depends on a good spawn.  

Couple of other notes as we approach the end of the season.  It appears that as of January 1, 2022, Vermont streams will be open for catch and release until the beginning of the Regular trout season on the second Saturday in April. So for this year, the regulations for 2021 will apply from November 1 thru December 31. It also appears that New York is following suit, with streams open for catch and release after the harvest season.  It is your responsibility to make sure that the stream you are fishing and the time of year, are open for fishing.

Weather looks similar for the next 10 days, so similar tactics and flies should work.  Princes, Iron Lotus, thread Frenchies, Strolis' quill jig, tan Caddis and your favorite BWO nymph or emerger.  Small PT's, small versions of the above mayfly patterns, Bat-wing emergers and small Perdigon will do nicely for the Blue Winged Olives.  Some folks swear with flies that have some orange in them this time of year as well.  As always, lots of great shoulder season and winter product coming into the store, along with a refill on some popular patterns.  Feel free to reach out dave@mmvt.com or call Steve at the shop (802)388-7245 for up to date conditions. 

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.

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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!