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Water Clarity: Bigger Rivers are still dirty-should be clear enough by tomorrow

Water Temperatures: 55-65

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

Suggested Patterns: Tan and Olive X-Caddis, Light Cahils (#14-18), Parachute Adams (#14), Blond Wulf #12-16) Pheasant Tails (#12-18) Bird of Prey (#14-16) Juan’s Kyptonite Caddis, Micro Biot Golden Stone, Newbury Knuckle Dragger, Zug Bugs #14-16) Wooly Buggers, Zonkers, Kreelex

The rain we got over the past few days was exactly what we needed. The big rivers came up quite a bit in water level and are still a bit high, but should be at a much better level in another day or two. All of the mid sized streams are in great shape, they dropped fairly quickly and provided us with a day of dirty water streamer fishing which is always nice. We stumbled into a few good fish and saw some other awesome fish some of our customers/buddies landed over the weekend. As of now, the dry fly fishing and nymphing on the mid sized rivers has been pretty good. Sean had a trip out today with three beginners and they were able to get into the double digits as far as fish in the net went. A mix of dries, nymphs and some small streamers all took fish. 

The Brook trout fishing has been fantastic lately as well, the push of water got the fish all fired up and super aggressive, we’ve seen some insanely fat brook trout lately, they definitely haven’t been missing any meals which is fantastic to see! We’ve mostly been fishing dries in the smaller streams, had a few mornings where small streamers seemed to do  a little better but that was likely due to the slightly higher water flows. 

For anglers getting out over the next few days the fishing should be good in a lot of different spots. As mentioned above, the main stem of the Winooski and Lamoille may be best left alone for another day or so, but the mid sized tribs should be in good shape this evening as well as tomorrow am. As the flows continue to drop, water temps will increase with the warmer air temps so it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to keep an eye on the temps as you fish. Things will likely be good but the next few afternoons may warm up the water a bit more than we expect. Be on the look out for a variety of bugs coming off in the evening, we’ve been seeing more cahils than anything but have still been seeing some good caddis hatches in the evenings. Been seeing lots of caddis hatching throughout the morning along with some PMDs.

Good luck on the water, on another note, if you’re around this coming Sunday 6/25, Jake Leamon, a staff member here at the shop and recent MMU grad is going to be hosting a pretty sweet film he put together.  6pm @ Mount Mansfield Union High School. This film; titled the Wild Side will is a documentary on Vermont’s Trout! Admission is $5. Be sure to head over to check it out!!!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 60am

Water Clarity: Dirt

Last Update: 6/20/23

River: Dog
Water Temp: 58am
Water Clarity: Clear, 
Last Update: 6/20/23

River: Lamoille
Water Temp 62

Water Clarity: Stained
Last Update: 6/20/23
USGS FI: 617