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Water Clarity: Clear-Stained

Water Temperatures:  45-54

Hatches: Black/Brown Stoneflies, Mothers Day Caddis, Hendricksons, Quil Gordon

Suggested Patterns: Wooly Buggers (Olive and Brown-#4-#8) Zonkers, Muddler Minnows (#4-#8) Sex Dungeons, Pheasant Tails (#12-16) Copper Johns (#12-16) Prince Nymph (#12-16) Black Stones (#8-10) Two Tone Stone, Anderson’s Bird of Prey (#12-14) Morrish Hotwire Caddis (#14-16) Adams (#12-14) Olive Elk Hair Caddis (#12-16)

Things are looking pretty good right now. The Winooski and Lamoille are both in great shape right now. That may change later on today if we get some rain but it looks like we may miss a good chunk of it which would be awesome! The smaller streams are in good shape right now as well. We saw a few Hendricksons hatching the other afternoon on the Winooski and a couple of juvenile wild rainbows were feeding on them sporadically. Next week might give us some good dry fly opportunities with the warmer weather we’ll have. Water temps are still cool, 45-54 but over the next week things should warm up and the fishing should be on fire! We’ve still been finding most of the fish in the slower deeper moving water and most of them have been glued to the bottom. Fish those nymphs and streamers deep! Still water bass and pike fishing is picking up quite a bit too. By the end of next week it should be awesome as the water temps warm up 4 or 5 more degrees. As far as fishing today, pretty much everything in our area is in good condition. If you’re not hitting fish in one stream move around until you find some! If we get some significant rainfall this afternoon and tomorrow the bigger rivers may blow out. If thats the case try some of the smaller streams that will be a bit clearer. Haven’t heard anything in regards to the Clyde since it has opened but there’s gotta be some fish in there. Other than that the Lewis Creek has still been fishing pretty well for smallmouth with an occasional drop back steelhead. It’s been getting crowded though so get there early. Good luck to everyone getting out in the next couple of days! The fishing should be pretty good. Let’s just hope we don’t see too much rain.


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  52 Clear 5/13/17  803 @ Montpelier
Dog 53 Clear  5/13/17 155 @ Falls
Lamoille 50  Clear 5/13/17 551 @ Johnson