Water Clarity: Clear- Clear

Water Temperatures: 52-60ish

Hatches: Golden and Black Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs ,Hoppers, Iso’s, Cahills

Suggested Patterns: Adams (#18) Black Ants (#18) Chernobyl Ants, X Caddis (#18) Soft Hackles (#14-March Brown, Pheasant Tail, Orange) Bird Of Prey (#16-18) Pheasant Tails (#16-18) Copper Johns (#16-18) Strollis Quil Jig (#12-16) Caddis Poopah (#14-Olive) Dirty Bird (#12-16-Rust or Olive) Wooly Buggers (#4-8) Strolis Headbanger Sculpin (Olive)

The fishing has been pretty good. Definitely more activity from 10am on but we’ve been doing pretty well on both the Winooski and Lamoille. A variety of tactics have worked lately, today my people got into fish swinging soft hackles, dead drifting nymphs under and indicator and fishing dries. We drew the most interest with the dries but nymphing and swinging came in close second. Not much to speak of as far as insects but there were a few fish rising sporadically throughout the middle of the day. All the fish we got to eat a dry ate a #18 adams. Nymphs were #16-18 Pheasant Tails, Caddis Larva and for soft hackles we had them eat #14 Hare’s Ear Soft Hackles. We found fish again today in both the faster water and slower, deeper water. We have been seeing some good BWO hatches recently though and the fish are definitely taking notice when they start to come off. Lately we’ve been able to do alright fishing dries even during non hatch periods. When other methods haven’t been working great we’ve been able to get fish to come up and eat a dead drifted adams or wulf pattern. The fishing for the LLS around has been alright, the most recent push of water definitely got some more fish into the systems and spread them out a little which is good. Small flies have been the ticket (big surprise) San Juan worms are another great fly as well. Don’t be afraid to throw something a bit funky and different than the norm either. Lots of these fish see a lot of flies, fish something they haven’t seen before and you might be surprised as to what chomps down on it. The fishing will probably be really good tomorrow with the warmer temps, and should be pretty good all week. Cooler nights but decent temps during the day time. Fish afternoons and late morning, don’t hit it at first light unless you’re after migratory species such as salmon and steelhead. Good luck to everyone getting out tomorrow and over the next few days.

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  55am Clear 10/14/17 138 @ Montpelier
Dog  52am Clear  10/14/17 23 @ Falls
Lamoille  54am  Clear 10/14/17 139 @ Johnson