Fall is here and so are all the great fishing opportunities is has to offer. Starting off with the Migratory run of Landlocked Atlantic Salmon in both the Lake Champlain Tributaries and a handful of other rivers in the NEK and even a few in southern Vermont. These fish once in the rivers will be very aggressive until the spawning instinct really overcomes them then they become much more picky and typically only take very small natural nymphs. I made the early morning trip to one of these rivers with my Father and one of our fishing buddies not knowing if any salmon would be in the river but was hoping due to the very cool weather we had last Thursday night that there would be a few. We got there at first light and on my first cast I had one nail my fly and on the second cast… FISH ON! Not bad, 22″ a few cast later I landed another one, a very silvery 18″. Everyone started hooking up and landing fish, we got a total of 6 fish to hand all between 18″-23″ only one female. Also managed to land one small steelhead and broke one huge Steelhead off. Then, yesterday I had a good day on the upper Winooski. Started off fishing a Two Tone nymph under a raven float but quickly changed to a Grey Wulf and immediately started hooking fish. Most of them in pocket water. I hooked probably around 15 but most of them came unbuttoned, landing 5 in about an hour. All of the fish were wild, the majority around 10-12″ and one being a 16-17″ Rainbow. The fishing is getting really good everywhere you look. Get out there and take advantage of the cooler weather.

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