Water Clarity: Small stuff is stained but fishable, bigger rivers are blown out
Water Temperatures: Mid 50’s-Mid 60’s
Hatches: Yellow Stones, Sulphurs, Brown Drakes, Caddis
Suggested Patterns: Golden Kaufman Stones (#8-12) Copper Johns (#12-16) Prince Nymphs (#14-18) Olive or Natural Hare’s Ears (#12-18) Taylor’s Gut Instinct (#14-16) Caddis Poopah (#12-14) Stimulators (#12-16) Red and Green Humpys (#12) Elk Hair Caddis Olive (#12-16) Wooly Buggers (Black or White in muddy water, Olive in clear) (#4-10) Hornbergs (#8-12) Black Nosed Dase, Brown/Black Sulkin Sculpin, Fathead Deceivers
Well, disregard yesterdays post as far as the bigger rivers were concerned. We received significant amounts of rain last night and the bigger stuff is even bigger! Both the Winooski and Lamoille are raging right now and will be for a couple more days. Having said that, the smaller streams are in decent shape right now, and by tomorrow most of them should be fishable. I wouldn’t expect to see too many people out on the rivers tomorrow as most people have the idea that “everything is blown out and unfishable” which isn’t the case. As stated in previous posts, head upstream, towards the headwaters of the streams and you should fine clearer, less intimidating water. Expect to see more activity below the surface, although some of the smaller streams may provide dry fly opportunities. One good thing to remember when heading out there, don’t be discouraged by high, off colored water. The fish are still there and can be caught. It may not be ideal conditions but being able to adapt to the situation you are presented is key to being a successful, accomplished angler.
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|| USGS Fl
||2,250 CFS @ Montpellier
|| High 50s
|| 178 CFS @ Falls
||4,760 CFS @ Johnson