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Water Clarity: Clear-Green

Water Temperatures: 50-64

Hatches: Brown and Gold Stones. Caddis, Hendricksons

Suggested Patterns: Squirmy Worms, Black Kaufman Stoneflies, Montana Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Hare’s Ears, Anderson’s Bird of Prey, (#12-16) Yellow Soft Hackles (#12-16) Parachute Adams (#10-14) Elk Hair Caddis (#14-16) Tan X-Caddis (#14-16) Wooly Buggers (Olive or Black) Moto Minnows

The fishing has been pretty good over the past week, the heat wave last weekend definitely warmed things up more than we expected but the push of water came at exactly the right time. The rain we’ve had periodically throughout the past week has continued to keep flows at good levels and kept water temps cool. The Winooski yesterday at 3pm was 53 degrees in waterbury! 

Been seeing tons of Hendricksons on some rivers. Mostly mid afternoon into the early evening hours. Turning over to Caddis activity around 7 til dark. Did see a few cream colored mayflies coming off the other evening, didn’t look too close at them to see what they were. With the rain the Winooski has been right on the edge of being fishable the past few days. The water is clear enough to catch fish and was yesterday as well but it wasn’t ideal. By tomorrow the clarity should in good shape. Lots of the mid sized trips have continued to provide us with good action, a mix of wild and stocked fish have been encountered. Most of the fish we’ve landed on dries have been wild, while the sub-surface methods have yielded equal amounts of both wild and stocked fish. Fish have been holding in all sorts of water, the faster pocket water has been good as well riffles, runs and pools. Be sure to fish it all right now.

For those getting out this weekend the fishing should be great. It’s going to be hot but with the recent rains the big rivers should remain cool enough that they’ll be good. Be sure to still temp stuff tomorrow PM as well as Sunday but with the higher flows it’ll take longer for things to warm up. As far as what specifically to fish it should all be pretty good. Rivers like the Dog may provide some good evening dry fly fishing over wild fish, sections of the Winooski and Lamoille will be in similar boats and if you want to just go out and catch fish fishing the usual spots on the bigger rivers should provide some good action both tomorrow am and PM. Check the flows tomorrow am on the bigger rivers to see if they’ve dropped a little. Under 800 on both the Winooski and Lamoille would be ideal!

Good luck and enjoy the weather!!!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 53

Water Clarity: Muddy
Last Update: 5/19/22
USGS FI: 1030

River: Dog
Water Temp: 55
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 5/20/22
USGS FI: 169

River: Lamoille
Water Temp:55

Water Clarity: Muddy
Last Update: 5/20/22
USGS FI: 1100