Water Temperatures: 60-70
Hatches: Golden and Blakc Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs , Light Cahils, Hex, Hoppers, Tricos, Golden Drakes
Suggested Patterns: X-Caddis-Tan #18, Stimulators (Orange or Yellow More or Less Hopper (#8-12), Blonde Wulf #10-16) Light Cahill (#14-16) Adams (#16-18) Pheasant Tails (#14-18) Hare’s Ears (#14-18) Hotwire Caddis (#14-18) Bird of Prey (#14-16) Stoneflies, Gold and Black (#6-10) Wooly Buggers-Brown (#6-10)
The fishing has been pretty good lately, a couple of slow days in the mix but that’s why it’s called fishing and not catching. Water temps have been good as well, things will warm up over the next few days for sure but yesterday afternoon in Middlesex the Winooski was running at 64 degrees which for late July is awesome! Flows are still up for this time of the year on the larger streams but that’s a good thing. We’ve continued to do well with Hoppers but we’ve also started seeing Golden Drakes hatching and have has success on a Large Blond Wulf or even a #10 Parachute Hex pattern. I saw them hatching on a trib of the Winooski the other day around 8am and saw some more hatching yesterday evening on the Winooski. The Lamoille has been fishing quite well too with the cooler temps. I’d imagine tomorrow morning the Lamoille and Winooski will be good early but will probably warm up by 10 or 11, temps tonight are going to be cool again which may make for some good fishing tomorrow morning on the bigger rivers. The smaller streams have been fishing well too, as mentioned earlier this week those fish have seemed to be a bit spooky. Light tippet, upstream presentations and clothing that match your surroundings will help decrease spooked fish. Even on the Brook trout streams we’ve noticed that they have been a bit more skittish than normal. The forecast for the week is looking a bit more normal for this time of the year. Temps will be in the 80’s most days which will definitely bring water temps up quite a bit. We’ve continued to see Tricos hatching and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to start thinking about flying ants. It’s still a little early but if we have a dry week of weather they may come out. Definitely one of the most exciting hatches to fish if you can hit it just right, the down side is the fact that it is so sporadic there’s really no good indication of when it will happen so always having some in your box and being able to cut out of work early on short notice. Good luck to everyone getting out!!
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