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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures:  Low 60s- low 70s

Hatches: Golden Stones, Yellow Sallies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs, PMDs, Light Cahils, Sulfurs, Brown Drakes, HEX

Suggested Patterns: Pheasant Tails (#12-16) Copper Johns (#14-16-Chart) Hare’s Ears (#12-18) Montana Prince Nymphs-Black (#12-14) Kaufman Stoneflies Gold (#10-14) Anderson’s Bird of Prey_Olive (#14-16) Taylor’s Gut Instinct (#14-16) Tan X Caddis (#12-16) Olive Elk Hair Caddis (#16-18) Adams (#12-16) Light Cahils (#12-14) Blond Wulf (#12-14) Royal Wulf (#12-14) 

Looks like we’re going to get another blast of rain tonight and tomorrow. We could use it for sure! The past few days we’ve still been getting a good amount of fish but things have definitely slowed down a bit with lower, warmer water. The bigger rivers the past few days had been between 63 and 66 in the am and warming up to right around 70 by the end of the day. If you’re getting out in the next week be sure to have a thermometer with you to keep an eye on the temps. We’re forecasted to be seeing quite a bit of rain tonight and tomorrow which could provide us with some great streamer fishing tomorrow evening and friday. The location and general timing of fishing with the water conditions seems to be the most important. Fly color and presentation seem to be a little less relevant when fishing in high dirty water. Not to say that they’re easy to catch because they aren’t. Make sure you’re spending time in a section of river you’re confident holds big fish, if they’re not there they’re not there. You can fish as hard as you can but it won’t matter if that stream isn’t holding big fish. The other part of it is timing, fishing a falling water level always seems to be more productive than a rising water level. Not to mention it’s easier and safer. Clarity of 18″ to about 3 feet is what you’re looking for. There’s usually a magic window of when it gets really good and if you’re there for that window you can move a big fish in every pool on the river. Cover water relatively quickly, if there’s an aggressive fish that’s going to eat a streamer you’ll know, if there’s a fish that’s not aggressive they’re probably not going to smoke a streamer. Also, be sure to stay out of the water when possible, often these fish will chase a fly right to the bank before they decide to hammer it and if you’re standing in the water there’s a good chance that’s not gonna happen. Being on the bank 5ft or so off the water will keep you from spooking the fish.

The Hex hatch is on in full force in some of the local lakes, and the bass fishing has been pretty solid lately while fishing the hex hatch along with just working streamers. The Brook Trout streams are a little bony as well so this push of water should really help things out. The weekend could end up being quite good to fish, we do have some seriously hot days coming up but this push of water will help with that!

Good luck to everyone getting out over the next few days! Stay dry!!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 65
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6-14-2018
USGS FI: 140 @ Montpelier

River: Dog
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6-14-2018
USGS FI: 23 @ Falls

River: Lamoille
Water Temp: 64
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6-14-2018
USGS FI: 145 @ Johnson