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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures:  60-70

Hatches: Golden Stoneflies, Drakes, March Brown, Olive/Brown Caddis Flies

Suggested Patterns:  Smethursts 20 Bomb, Chart. Copper Johns (#14-16) Pheasant Tails (#12-18) Hare’s Ears (#14-18) Bird of Prey Olive (#14-16) Hotwire Caddis (#14-16) Hare Copper-Golden Stone, Parachute Adams (#14-18) Elk Hare Caddis (#14-16) Royal Wulf (#12-16) Ausable Wulf (#12-16) Muddler Minnows (#4-8) Olive Wooly Buggers (#6-10)

Things are starting to cool back down for us. With night temps getting down into the mid-low 50’s the bigger rivers should be getting back down into the low to mid 60’s instead of over 70. Early morning will still be the time to get out on those rivers before the sun gets too high. Both dry flies and nymphs will be working well along with streamers. Make sure you’ve got a little bit of everything in your arsenal right now as far as flies. There’s lots of bugs in the rivers so you never know what may work. With the water levels still being so low, if you’re fishing the bigger streams, focus on the moving water. Lots of the time fish will move out of the holes as the water levels drop and re-locate to faster moving more heavily oxygenated water. Pocket water frequently produces plenty of fish in low water conditions like now. A great type of water to practice your euro/tightline nymphing techniques. With the water being low and clear right now it may not be a bad idea to downsize tippet and even switch over to fluorocarbon materials over standard nylon tippet. These water conditions generally will make fish a bit more selective and cautious and having lighter tippet will often get your more bites. We’re in for some rain starting on this sunday and right now it looks like we are going to get rain Sunday-Tuesday which will help things out a lot! If you’re getting out over the next few days hit the bigger rivers at first light then around 9-10 head to the smaller streams. If the larger streams don’t warm up too much during the course of the day the evenings should be good as well. Good luck to the anglers getting out there over the next few days!!

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  64 am Clear 6/2/16  232 CFS @ Montpelier
Dog River  61 am Clear  6/2/16 43 CFS @ Falls
Lamoille  65 am Clear 6/2/16 100 CFS @ Johnson