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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures:  50-60

Hatches: BWOs, October Caddis

Suggested Patterns: Parachute Adams (16-18) BWO (#16-20) October Caddis/Orange Elk Hair (#8-12) Pheasant Tails (#14-18) Prince Nymphs (16-18) Bird of Prey (#16) Iron Sally’s (#12-16) Dirty Bird-Rust (#12-14) Montana Prince (#14)  Soft Hackle PT (#12-14) Wooly Buggers, Muddler Minnows, Zonkers

The fishing has remained pretty good over the past week. Morning fish has definitely slowed down quite a bit aside from LLS fishing. The trout have really become much more active from 12 on through the afternoon. We’ve been doing a decent amount of trips and most of them have been pretty successful. I took out to clients on Thursday that had never done any kind of fishing before and we were able to bring 5 or 6 to hand and we probably missed another 6-10 fish. Not bad for beginners… The BWO hatches have been sporadic but everytime we’ve seen then hatching we’ve been getting action on top. Sometimes it has only lasted 15 minutes or so so your best bet is to have a second rod rigged up with a 9′ 5x or 6x leader and a #18 BWO dry fly. If you only have one rod making the change between a nymph rig and dry fly can take long enough by the time you’re set up the fish aren’t feeding on the surface any longer. Nymphing has been the most productive for us over the past week or so. Lots of fish on small pheasant tails and prince nymphs along with Kyle’s BH CNC BWO nymph in an #18. Haven’t done much streamer fishing lately but if you get in the right hole you might be able to entice a larger fish into chasing down a streamer. With the low water, scale back on flash with the streamers, more natural colored flies in olive and brown work well with little to no flash tied in them. The Clyde river is at a whopping 39cfs currently. That’s going to make the fishing a bit trickier but consistent to how it has been this year. Hit the deeper holes in the river and you’ll find fish. Streamers will get the more aggressive fish but nymphs may catch more fish. Ditch your indicator as well as those fish are going to be pretty spooky with the low water. Looking at the 10 day forecast for Stowe, we have 8 days of showers coming up. Hopefully thats true, and maybe the rivers will come up a little bit to finish off the season! Good luck to anyone getting out on the water this weekend!

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  57 mid day Clear 10/15/16  74 CFS @ Montpelier
Dog River  55 mid day Clear  10/15/16    11    CFS @ Falls
Lamoille  56 mid day Clear 10/15/16 91 CFS @ Johnson