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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures: High 50s-Mid to upper 60s

Hatches: Stoneflies, Caddis, Olive/Tan Caddis, Light Cahills, Sulfers

Suggested Patterns:  Pheasant Tails (#12-16) Prince Nymphs (#14-18) Hare’s Ears (#14-18) Yellow Sparkle Soft Hackles (#16) Joca’s Caddis Pupa (#14-16) Hotwire Caddis (Tan #16) Parachute Adams (#12-16) Light Cahills (#12-14) Blonde Wulfs (#12-16) Elk Hair Caddis #14-18) X Caddis (#14-18) CDC Sulfurs (#16-18)

The fishing has been pretty good this week, water temps have been hanging around 60-65 on the bigger rivers which should continue through the end of Monday. After Monday it’s looking like we may be brook trout fishing for a little while. A slightly longer period of warm weather is ahead of us. We could really use a bunch of rain, although the fishing has been good the water is ridiculously low. We’ve been finding most of the fish in faster flowing pocket water, a lot of the bigger deep pools we had been fishing are now essentially stagnant so finding the faster flowing water has definitely been helpful in most situations. The fishing in the mornings has been more of a nymphing game with some sporadic dry fly action, as we get into the evening the dry fly fishing has been picking up. It’s been a mix of Caddis in Olive and Tan along with Cahills, Sulfurs, Stoneflies. There’s been a variety of other bugs hatching as well but the ones listed above were what we’ve been seeing the most of. 

We’ve been on both the Winooski and Lamoille with equal success lately. Lots of stockies but also seeing lots of wild rainbows on both rivers which we’re always happy to see. I hooked a couple of rainbows earlier in the week that were in the 14-16″ range that fought like steelhead, neither of which were landed as they both threw the hook on one of their many jumps. The Winooski from the mouth of the Huntington all the way to the headwaters has been fishing pretty well, on the Lamoille, we’ve been spending more time upstream  With the lower water we’ve been using a euro style presentation a lot more with the nymphing. Short drifts in the faster flowing water and it’s been working really well. Still running a soft hackle or a small caddis emerger 12-14″ above our anchor fly and getting a lot of fish to hit both flies on both the drift and the swing. As far as the anchor flies go, we’ve been using quill jigs, pheasant tail jigs and another fly called Miller’s Victim. All of which are tied with tungsten beads and on jig hooks. 

Be sure to get out over the next couple of days on the bigger rivers as by Tuesday or Wednesday barring no drastic changes in the forecast we may have to let them rest for a little while. The stillwater fishing has been pretty productive lately and should continue to fish well. Most of the bass are post spawn at this point and are starting to put the feed bag on. Poppers, clousers and other baitfish and leech patterns should all get the job done on the bass front.

 

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 61am
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/13/20
USGS FI: 297

River: Dog
Water Temp: 59
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/13/20
USGS FI:  40.5

River: Lamoille
Water Temp: 60am
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/13/20
USGS FI: 183