Fishing Report 9/23/2022
General Fishing Report September 23, 2022
Well, it only took some rain and cooler air temps and most rivers are in great shape top to bottom. The Otter was coming in to it, with temps in the middle 60's, but its now over 1000cfs, and tough to wade fish. No worries though, as the tribs have been refreshed a few times with some rain and are fishing very well right now. With the water levels and the stain recently, it seems like every fish in the river is out chowing down. We had success this past week on streamers, larger nymphs (like stoneflies), and smaller nymphs, mostly attractor patterns like perdigons, soft-hackle carrots and Tasmanian Devil Jigs. There are still plenty of tan Caddis around, so something in that realm will get some looks. If the Otter comes back down to wade fishing levels, look for good to great Blue Winged Olive hatches, especially on the cloudy days. Like I mentioned earlier, still plenty of tan Caddis around, along with the occasional Isonychia mayfly. Patterns to have at the ready fo the next couple weeks: Stonefly nymphs, Prince nymphs, tan Caddis pupa or larvae, small to medium sized attractor nymphs, BWO nymphs and emerger patterns (Bat Wing Emergers are a great starting point for BWO emergers). Also streamer patterns in shades of white, olive, brown and black, sizes from 2- 3 inches to 6 inches or so.
Fish still seemed to be in somewhat fast water today, but I think that was mostly due to the amount of food coming down the system. I was finding several fish stacked up in certain runs, but I think as the water cools more, they will spread out a bit, as much more water is now available to them. Pocket water and Brookie water is still producing well, maybe better a couple days after a rain event, as opposed to mid and lower stretches that fish better on rising water or with stain. Not too early to start thinking about our spawning Brook and Brown trout and keeping an eye on where we step. Also, many hunting seasons have started, so keep that in mind. I've also noticed bear tracks in areas where I have not seen them before, so best to not suprise any of our four legged critters.
Lots of trips on the calendar for the next 2 months, so we will have lots of eyes and rods on the water, so I'll keep you updated as best I can, but also you can reach out to Steve at the shop or via email to me email@example.com. Speaking of, Steve got a restock of Simms waders for the fall, Freestone zip and stocking foot and Tributary stocking foot. Lots of good quality clothing to keep you warm and dry, plus all the flies, rods and terminal tackle you'll need. As long as we don't get a significant cool down in the next couple months, the fishing should remain solid.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.