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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures: 55-65

Hatches: Brown and Gold Stones. Tan/Olive Caddis, Hendricksons, Sulfurs, Cahils, Brown and Green Drakes (Soon)

Suggested Patterns: Kaufman Stones #12-14, Trina’s Micro Stone (#14-16) Anderson’s Bird of Prey-Olive (#14-16) Formula 2 Caddis, Pheasant Tails (#12-14),  Hare’s Ears (14-18) Soft Hackles! (#12-16) Rusty Spinners (#12-16) Parachute Adams (#10-16) Light Cahils #12-16) Elk Hair Caddis-Olive #14-16) X-Caddis-Tan (#12-18)

 

Hopefully everyone’s been able to get on the water recently! The fishing has been quite good. The big rivers have been great in the AM, some sections have been getting a little on the warm side in the afternoon but looking ahead over the next week it looks like we’re going to have great temps! Still been seeing a pile of Hendricksons on some streams, The Caddis have been active both in the AM and PM and we’ve also been seeing a few sulphers and cahils in the mix. The other evening I saw some giant golden stones, not a ton but probably a dozen or so over a couple hours which isn’t super common up here.

We’ve been picking up fish both with nymphs and dry flies pretty consistently. The dry fly bite has been better in the evening (for the most part) likely due to more bugs being on the water. Don’t be afraid to stay on the water until you can’t see anymore. Some of the best action will be right at dusk. If you’re getting out today or tomorrow the conditions will be pretty good just about everywhere. If you hit the bigger rivers, it’s not a bad idea to temp the water just to be sure but most of the temps should be well within the limits of what the trout can handle. The mid-sized tribs are in great shape as well, rivers like the Gihon, North Branch, Mad and Dog have been fishing relatively well, decent flows with the rain we got the other morning and the temps are great. The smaller brook trout streams have all been fishing really well too! Lots of fish on dry flies and some pretty fat brook trout. Always good to see the native trout happy and healthy. If you’re hitting a smaller stream I’d make a point to be off the water by 5 or 6pm, the black flies and the mosquitoes have been terrible. Make sure you bring bug spray regardless of where you’re fishing but they’re definitely worse in the smaller streams running through the woods! Just make sure you don’t get any bug spray on your fly rod or line! Be sure to wash your hands if it gets on your fingers!

The bass fishing has continued to be productive as well! The post spawn fish have been aggressive towards topwater flies early. Clousers, wooly buggers and zonkers have all caught fish mid day. A 15ft sink tip is super helpful for getting those flies a little deeper to where the bigger bass will be holding this time of the year!

Good luck to everyone getting out!! The fishing should be great this weekend as well as all next week!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 63AM

Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/4/22
USGS FI: 349

River: Dog
Water Temp: 61
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/4/22
USGS FI: 55.2

River: Lamoille
Water Temp:61am

Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 6/4/22
USGS FI: 405