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Water Clarity: Water Temperatures:  59-70

Hatches: Sallies, Sulphurs, Light Cahils, Hoppers, Caddis Flies

Suggested Patterns: Iron Sally, Hotwire Caddis, Hare Copper, Copper Johns-Chart, Pheasant Tails, Taylor’s Gut Instinct, Caddis Poopah, More or Less Hopper, VW Hopper, Dave’s Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis, Light Cahils, Stimulators, Black Ants, Bionic Ants, Jake’s Gulp Beetle, Muddlers, Wooly Buggers, Zonkers.


Fishing has remained good in areas where the water is cooler. That has been the majority of the challenge over the past few days. The Winooski and Lamoille river have both been pretty warm even at first light. Some of the smaller tribs have been fishing well early on before warming up too much. We had some heavy showers last night but they were very scattered. Some streams today may be high and muddy while others are still low and clear. We’re in for some more storms moving through tomorrow and a possibility of some scattered storms today. It’s going to get down into the 50’s over the next few nights which will help things out but it may not cool off enough to drop the bigger river’s temps. We’ve been doing well nymphing and dry fly fishing with a variety of different patterns. The fish are definitely keying in on grass hoppers, we’ve had lots of trips going out and hooking fish on More or Less Hoppers and VW Hoppers. The bass fishing has been good too, we had one trip out the other day that lost a Largemouth that was probably 6lbs or better. He managed to wrap the line around a bunch of lily pads and was able to pull the hook.

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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  70 am Muddy 7/16/16  255 CFS @ Montpelier
Dog River  64 am Clear  7/16/16 38 CFS @ Falls
Lamoille  68 am Clear 7/16/16 201 CFS @ Johnson