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Water Clarity: Clear-Chocolate Milk

Water Temperatures: 58-72

Hatches: Brown and Gold Stones. Tan/Olive Caddis, Sulfurs, Cahils, Yellow Sallies, Hex

Suggested Patterns:  Light Cahills-16-18, Blond Wulfs (#12-16), Adams-16-18, Micro Chubbies-12-14, Hex, Yellow Stimulators 10-16, Griffith Gnats 18-22, Soft Hackles 12-16 (cream and yellow colors) Pheasant Tails-14-18, Prince Nymphs-16-18, Copper Johns-16-18, Trina’s Micro Stone-14-18, Anderson’s Bird of Prey-14-16.

Finally some much needed rain!! We got a lot here in Stowe but it definitely seemed to be hit or miss depending on the area. Some rivers hardly came up at all where others jumped their banks late last night. 

The fishing conditions over the past week and a half haven’t been great, low warm water has kept us on the tiny mountain streams and on the bigger rivers targeting smallmouth. Both of which have been productive but not tons of options. The smaller brook trout streams were starting to get pretty low, this rain came just in time. Although they were low, the temps stayed relatively cool, fish were getting spooky so longer than normal casts and smaller than normal flies seemed to be key in being successful. We’ve also been fishing the lakes a fair amount for smallmouth and largemouth bass. Good success on the Largemouth early and late on topwater, and some success with the smallies using full sink lines and clousers.

Most of the small streams that are currently unfishable should be good to go by the end of the day, the brook trout fishing should be fantastic over the next few days with this push of water. Some of the mid sized tribs may have cooled off enough to go fish this evening or tomorrow morning but they’ll likely warm back up pretty quick with the warm temps over the next few days. We do have some more rain in the forecast which will help, and often with these hot, muggy days some thunderstorms may pop up in the afternoons giving us brief downpours which we’ll gladly take! Be sure to temp the rivers as you’re fishing.

Good luck and enjoy the week!

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