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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures:  55-65

Hatches: BWOs, Caddis, Hoppers, ISOs, Flying Ants

Suggested Patterns: Iron Sally #14-16, Anderson’s Bird of Prey #16, Yellow Softy, Pheasant Tails #14-18, Copper Johns #14-18, Kyle’s BH C-N Sprflash #16-18, Bob’s Softy   Red and Copper, Hare’s Ears #14-18, Light Cahils #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis Olive #14-16, More of Less Hopper #6-10, VW Hopper #8-14, Bionic Ant #14-16, Black Ant #16-18 Zonkers #6, Montana Mouthwash #6,  Muddler Minnows #6-10, Wooly Buggers Olive #6-10.

 

The fishing is really starting to turn on. Water temps are dropping with the cool nights we’re having. This morning it was 41 degrees when I woke up! Great for the big rivers! Water temps will warm up during the day but should remain cool enough to fish in the evening as well. I was able to get out on the Winooski yesterday for an hour or so around 10:30am and found the fish to be pretty active. I euro nymphed two runs and a little pocket water and pulled 6 bows out which were all wild. Every fish was in fantastic shape and every single one took line off my reel. Missed a couple others as well, only had an hour or so to fish, every fish took a #12 tungsten bead head brassie with red wire. The water was a bit dirty so something with a little color seemed to do the trick. Water levels are still very low but at least now we have cooler temps. This weekend is going to warm up a little bit with night temps right around 60 but aside from that things are going to be in the mid-low 50’s at night and low 70’s and high 60’s during the day. It seems like this cooler weather may actually be here to stick around this time. Now we just need a bunch of rain and things will really turn on. ISOs will still be hatching in the evenings and now we will actually have shots at fishing this awesome hatch as water temps should be cool enough. A big Parachute Adams or a Grey Wulf is a killer pattern to imitate one of these meaty mayflies. BWOs will start being more and more common as well, any day from now through the end of the season that is cloudy or even a little drizzly we’ll be seeing BWO mayflies in ranges of #16-20s. A small Parachute Adams or a BWO dry fly will get fish’s attention during one of these hatches. Very little to report on as far as the Salmon go. The Clyde is more or less void of Salmon right now, there’s a couple in the river right now but very very few. We need to get a good push of rain for the water level to come up to over 150 to get more fish in the river. There’s some cruising the flat water in the lower part right now just waiting for the water level to come up which hopefully it does. Good

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  64 am Clear 9/15/16  133 CFS @ Montpelier
Dog River  58 am Clear  9/15/16 16 CFS @ Falls
Lamoille  62 am Clear 9/15/16 222 CFS @ Johnson