Northern Vermont's Finest Fly Fishing Guide Service and Fly Fishing Gear Retailer!

Water Clarity: Stained to Clear

Water Temperatures: 50s-60s

Hatches: Golden Stoneflies, Caddis Flies, Hendricksons, Light Cahils, Sulfurs, March Browns

Suggested Patterns: Olive Wooly Buggers, Zonkers, Muddler Minnows, Sex Dungeons, Pheasant Tails (#12-18) Olive Bird of Prey (#14-16) Hare’s Ears (#14-18) Joca’s Caddis Pupa (#14-16) Soft Hackles, Kaufman Stones-Gold Black in dirty water (#6-12) Girdle Bugs (#6-12) Light Cahills (#12-14) Parachute Adams (#12-18) Elk Hair Caddis-Black and Olive (#12-18)

The fishing over the past five or six days has been pretty awesome! We’ve been sticking to the bigger rivers as much as possible and had some great trips go out. We’ve found most of the fish to be eating nymphs in the am with some decent dry fly activity just as the suns been going down. The rain we got Monday night into Tuesday am brought the Winooski and Lamoille up considerably. Both of which are fishable, the Winooski is still pretty dirty but you could catch fish in there today.

As mentioned above, most of the fish we’ve been getting have been on streamers and nymphs, I had a trip out on Monday morning on the Winooski and we did quite well, the majority of the fish we got were on a smaller olive soft hackle fished behind a stonefly. A few fish were caught on the stonefly but the majority of them were taken on the soft hackle. On the Lamoille streamers have been producing better, most likely due to the fresher stockies that are on the Lamoille, they’re looking for a little more movement than dead drifted flies. We’ve started to see fish moving up into the faster water but have still been getting a fair amount in the slower stuff. They’re kinda all over right now. Be sure you cover plenty of water, once you get into a fish or two stick around and work that piece of water more thoroughly, if you find one there’s more. We fish four spots on the Winooksi and came up empty in two spots, hit two fish in another and then on our last spot we found one after another, after another. Little further walk from the road/parking spot never hurts either. It’s easy to find yourself fishing right next to dirt pull offs on the bigger rivers and not exploring upriver or downriver. But, you never know what you may find around the corner downstream or upstream of where you park.

As we get closer to the weekend it looks like we’re going to see some more rain starting mid day tomorrow which may dirty some of the larger rivers up-depending on how much rain we get. Regardless of the rain we get tomorrow we should see some good fishing this weekend, if we get a ton of rain you’ll just have to downsize and get on the smaller streams which will clear up a lot quicker.

The Fly Rod Shop is Northern Vermont’s finest fly fishing guide service and fly fishing gear retailer. Visit our shop on Route 100 in Stowe, VT or shop our online store to find gear from Simms Fishing Products, Redington, Loon Products, Montana Fly Company, Buff, Lamson Waterworks, Sage, Rio, Scientific Angler and more!

River: Winooski

Water Temp: 60
Water Clarity: Stained-Fishable but pretty dirty
Last Update: 06-12-2019
USGS FI: 869 @ Montpelier

River: Dog
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 06-12-2019
USGS FI: 178 @ Falls

River: Lamoille
Water Temp: 59
Water Clarity: Off Colored
Last Update: 06-12-2019
USGS FI: 654 @ Johnson