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Water Clarity: Stained-Clear

Water Temperatures:42-56ish

Hatches: Golden and Black Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs ,Hoppers, Iso’s, Cahills

Suggested Patterns: Adams (#18) Black Ants (#18) Chernobyl Ants, X Caddis (#18) Soft Hackles (#14-March Brown, Pheasant Tail, Orange) Bird Of Prey (#16-18) Pheasant Tails (#16-18) Copper Johns (#16-18) Strollis Quil Jig (#12-16) Caddis Poopah (#14-Olive) Dirty Bird (#12-16-Rust or Olive) Wooly Buggers (#4-8) Strolis Headbanger Sculpin (Olive)

We finally got some rain and it looks like we may get some more before the seasons over!! Less than a week left before the trout season ends in Vermont. There are some sections of rivers that are still open to catch and release fishing year round and this may be a year that the fishing remains decent if these warmer temps continue. The Winooski as of this morning didn’t look too fishable in Waterbury, it came up quite a bit last night (1300cfs currently) and got dirty. Depending on how much rain we get over the next few days it may take a few days to clear up. In the meantime if you’re able to get out go hit some of the mid sized tribs of the larger rivers. This push of water may have moved around some browns and put them in spots you wouldn’t normally expect them to be. The Dog would be a good option to go throw some streamers in the off colored water. As the water clears up these fish will still show aggression towards streamers but you can also get them nymphing. The Lamoille didn’t seem to get hit as hard as the Winooski watershed although the water is still climbing there. The main section could be a good option to go work big streamers in hopes of a big brown or again, fish the smaller tribs with similar stuff. Another good bet would be hitting some of the rivers that get runs of Landlocked Salmon. The push of water we got last night should hopefully spread some fish out a little bit more which would be awesome. It may also get some freshies in the rivers as well as maybe bring in some lakers and lake run browns. With the increased flows expect to see more action nymphing and fishing streamers although depending on where you are you may run across some fish sipping BWOs over the next few days. Be sure to get out there, not much time left…

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  52am Muddy 10/25/17 1300 @ Montpelier
Dog  50am Stained will be clear by end of the day  10/25/17 71.1 @ Falls
Lamoille  51am  Stained 10/25/17 397 @ Johnson