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Water Clarity: Bigger rivers are obviously shot-this will last for quite a while, some of the higher elevation mtn streams are already fishable.

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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, Sex Dungeons, Moto Minnow, Complex Twist Bugger

Quite the flood! We hope everyone stayed safe and loss/damage was a minimal as possible. The Stowe area managed to survive relatively unscathed, not the same case if you drive 20 min north or 20 min south!

We’ve been getting quite a few calls already with anglers asking about conditions, how long they’ll have to wait to go fish etc… The good news is on the smaller streams you could go fish this afternoon. Not all of them, but some have cleared up super quick-the fishing should be pretty good too! We got out on a small trib yesterday evening for an hour and although no fish were landed we hooked one 18-20″ brown, had another 18″ fish swipe at a fly along with another much larger fish that chased the fly to our feet but never bit. All these fish were interested in a big articulated sculpin fish on a sink tip line. 

For those anglers chomping at the bit, your best bet will be to hit the high elevation brook trout streams.Conditions will change very quickly over the next few days, if it’s muddy today, it could be clear tomorrow. Keep in mind some secondary roads may not be accessible so have back up plans. Ditches and culverts may also be washed out so some streams may be running at good flows but are just an absolute mess. Don’t be afraid to move around, we can’t speak on current conditions on many of the streams right now as we haven’t driven around much. With that being said some of the brook trout streams in the stowe area are fishable. Dries should catch fish by the end of today, if dries aren’t working throw a small bugger or muddler and you should get into them!

Good luck to everyone getting out-and most importantly remember to be safe. With the huge pushes of water the streams can be totally different. A spot that was ankle deep may be over your head now as gravel,  boulders and sediment will get shuffled around. Don’t wade in water you can’t see the bottom-if the waters cloudy and you can’t positively see the bottom assume it’s over your head. Fish with a wading staff as well, it’ll make a big difference moving around.

Good luck and be safe.


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