Date: 5/5/15

Water Clarity: Clear, bigger rivers still stained but fishable. 

Water Temperatures: Upper 40’s

Hatches: Some Brown and Black Stoneflies, Be on the lookout for Caddis and Hendricksons

Suggested Patterns: Wooly Buggers, Montana Mouthwash, Sulking Sculpin, Muddlers, Copper Johns, 3-D BH Nymphs, Softshell Stones, Taylor’s Gut Instinct, Zug Bugs, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears. Keep some Elk Hair Caddis flies on hand as well as Adams. It’s still early but doesn’t hurt to keep a few of those with you, just in case…
Things are slowly starting to pick up in our area. With the warm weather we’ve been having things are beginning to warm up. Some of the small mountain streams are raging because of the snow melt but not all of them. The bigger rivers are lower than average for this time of the year, making them much more accessible then past years. The Winooski is still a little high but very fishable, it has had a chalky tint to it but not too the point where it is unfishable. The lamoille still has a little tint to it as well but definitely fishable. In the stained water, fish with streamers or large nymph patterns like stoneflies, big copper johns and 3-d nymphs. In the clearer water stoneflies, hendrickson emergers, hares ears and pheasant tails will work well. I was on the Winooski yesterday and I did see some hendricksons hatching along with some stoneflies. I moved one big brown on a large articulated sculpin pattern but that was it. Be sure to have some adams dries and hendrickson emergers in your box because we should start to see some more significant hatches over the next two-three weeks. As for the steelhead runs, we’re still seeing plenty of activity in the NEK, we haven’t gotten any reports from the Lewis in the past few days but I’m sure it’s still happening down there too. The water is fairly low up north and most activity has been happening early in the morning before the sun hits the water. Be sure to get there early and don’t be surprised if you’re not the only one on the river. Patterns like the Sulking Sculpin will work well in the stained waters of the Winooski right now, see image.
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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Upper 40’s
Muddy 5/5/15 588 CFS @ Montpellier
Dog River Upper 40’s Clear  5/5/15  108 CFS @ Falls
Upper 40’s
Green/Stained 5/5/15 608 CFS @ Johnson