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Water Clarity: Clear-some stuff may mud up a bit with this rain

Water Temperatures: 55-65

Hatches: Stones, Caddis, Sulfurs,Drakes, Cahils, Yellow Sallies

Suggested Patterns: Pheasant Tails(#14-18) Hare’s Ears (#14-18), Tan Montana Prince (#12-14) Frenchies (#12-16) Strolis Quil Body Jig- Brown or Olive (#12-16) Kryptonite Caddis, Zug Bugs (#14-18) Soft Hackles, Light Cahils (#12-14), Sulfurs #14-16) Green and Brown Drakes (#10-12) Elk Hair Caddis Tan or Olive (#12-16)

The fishing over the past 4 or 5 days has been awesome! The second half of last week into the weekend we had great fishing on the larger rivers as well as the mid sized ones. Sporadic caddis activity most mornings, more consistent dry fly activity in the evenings though. Been seeing quite a few caddis flying around, everything from a #12 down to a #20. Colors have varied quite a bit, seeing lots of larger olive and tan ones, and smaller darker bodied ones. On top of caddis, we’ve been seeing quite a few light cahils as well, all fairly big, #12-14, a blond wulf or a cahil pattern both work great to imitate these. We also stumbled into some Hendricksons the other night which was kind of surprising to still see. Lots of bugs!! The fish have seemed to be pretty receptive to just about any dry lately, we have run into some pickier fish, if that happens, just really try to pay attention to what specific fly they’re eating. After identifying what bug they seem to be focusing on, go into your box and find the fly that resembles the natural one the best and you should be good to go!

The big river temps definitely started to creep up a bit yesterday afternoon but now it’s raining so they should cool off quite a bit. The forecast over the next week is looking pretty awesome! Rain most days and nothing too hot. Depending on what we actually end up receiving rain wise some of the bigger rivers may come up a bit in water level, and may cloud up. It’s hard to say at this point as it’s just barely started to rain. The small streams will come up first, but they’ll also drop and clear up first. The small stream fishing could be fantastic if we do get enough rain to bring levels up. A bit of rain, and a flush of water in the small streams always seems to act like a reset button. The fish will be super aggressive and willing to eat just about any fly the day after a good rain.

For those getting out this week, keep an eye on USGS flows if you plan to hit the larger rivers, if you see a drastic spike in the CFS expect to possibly find dirty water, be sure to throw your streamer rod in the car. Dirty water is when we run into the biggest fish of the year! It’ll be a great week of fishing regardless of where you end up!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 63am

Water Clarity: Clear-could muddy up over the course of the day
Last Update: 6/13/23

River: Dog
Water Temp: 60am
Water Clarity: Clear-could muddy up over the course of the day-if it does go throw big streamers!
Last Update: 6/13/23

River: Lamoille
Water Temp 62am  above Morrisville

Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/13/23
USGS FI: 176