Date: 7/26/15

Water Clarity: Muddy-Clear

Water Temperatures: Low to Mid 60’s

Hatches: Yellow and Brown Stones, Sulphurs, BWOs,  Caddis, Light Cahils, Hoppers, Tricos

Suggested Patterns: Pheasant Tails (#14-18) Red Copper Johns (#14-18) Hares Ears (#12-18) Taylor’s Gut Instinct (Tan) (#16) Brown Stones (#6-10) Zug Bugs (#12-16) Light Cahils (#14-16) Adams (#14-18) Elk Hair Caddis (#14-16) Hoppers, Beetles, Ants, Wooly Buggers, Zonkers (Natural-#4) Muddler Minnows (#6-12) Hatchery Smolt.

Good reports coming in today of activity on the Lamoille river from Johnson upstream. Anglers have been successful using both terrestrials, Caddis and a variety of bread and butter nymphs. Fish came out of the fast water early on and as the sun grew higher in the sky things started to slow a bit but some fish were caught out of the shaded runs and pools. We’ve got a couple trips out today, Frank is out chasing Pike and I know they’ve already put some good fish in the boat on topwater lures. Josh’s full day trip just left, I had to promise him I wouldn’t tell anyone where he went but I’m sure his clients will be put on some fantastic fish and fishing. The Winooski is still off colored but it is fishable, it should continue to clear up provided we do not receive any significant rain this evening. It should fish well from the Bolton area upstream to Montpellier. Nymphing and streamer fishing may be the most productive in the Winooski over the next few days although fishing a larger sized grasshopper could be a good choice as well. All of the small streams are in fantastic shape right now and should remain that way over the next couple of days. We are in for some hot weather this coming week so keep an eye on those temps, the bigger rivers will be ok monday and tuesday for early am trips however it looks like wednesday we’re supposed to hit 90 degrees and it may only drop down into the high 60’s low 70’s at night which will make this a bit tough thursday. This is a great time of the year to target bass, both in lakes and rivers and even some freshwater tarpon (fallfish) The fallfish are a great species to go after in the lower Winooski and Lamoille when the temps get up there. They will readily take a dry fly, nymph or streams, fight pretty well, and can get up to 20″. An early morning trip to the dog river could be a good choice, should start to see tricos any day, and if the bugs aren’t hatching try fishing an ant or a hopper for some of those famous big browns. Over the course of the next couple days, if the water temps make it tough for you to find trout, check out the little river below the dam on the Waterbury reservoir. That water is almost always right around 60 degrees and even Wednesday it won’t warm up too much. If you head down there be sure to have some small cahils, and other cream colored dry flies along with some BWOs and Griffith’s Gnats.

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski Low 60s (AM) Muddy 7/26/15  361 CFS @ Montpellier
Dog River  Low 60s (AM) Clear  7/26/15 52 CFS @ Falls
Lamoille Low 60s (AM) Clear 7/26/15 354 @ Johnson