Date: 7/16/2013
Water Clarity:  Clear, Stained (depends on the watershed!)
Hatches: Caddis (Tan), Little Green Stonefly, Sulphur, Blue Wing Olive, Blue Quill, Brown/Black Stones, Light Cahill, Hexegenia (Lakes), Beetles, Hoppers, and Ants.

Suggested Patterns: Elk Hair Caddis, Goddard Caddis, Henryville Special, Blond Wulff, Blue Dun, Hex, Stimulator, BWO, Light Cahill, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Black/Brown Stoneflies, Rusty Spinners, PMD Spinner, Hoppers,  Ants, Beetles, Muddler Minnows, and Wooly Buggers.

July’s heat and humidity are now in full effect. Water temperatures on the Winooski and Lamoille rivers are now in the mid-70’s by mid-morning. Many smaller streams are also reaching into the 70’s as well. Trout in these conditions are very stressed. Hooking and playing them in these temps is almost a guaranteed death sentence. If you must target Trout, you need to get out early while the water temperatures are at their lowest. I would advise against fishing the evening hatches as the water will still too hot. Bass and other warm-water species offer a great alternative! Parker, Byron, and I woke up early on Sunday to fish a local lake and the fishing was great. We caught Bass, Pickerel, Pike, Perch, and Pumpkinseeds by the dozens. If you’re interested, we are now offering Lake Charter fishing trips. We’ll show where to catch them?

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update Hatches USGS Fl
Winooski Mid 70’s Clearing July 16 2013 Caddis (Dark Grey, Tan)), Little Yellow/Green Stonefly, Sulphur, Blue Wing Olive, Brown/Black Stones, Light Cahill, Beetles, and Ants. 600 CFS
Lamoille Mid 70’s Clear July 16 2013 Caddis (Dark Grey, Tan)), Little Yellow/Green Stonefly, Sulphur, Blue Wing Olive, Brown/Black Stones, Light Cahill, Beetles, and Ants. 340 CFS