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Water Clarity: Muddy to Clear

Water Temperatures: 60s- Mid 70s

Hatches: Golden Stoneflies, Caddis Flies, Light Cahils, Sulfurs, Tricos, Hoppers

Suggested Patterns: Olive and Yellow Soft Hackles, Pheasant Tails (#12-18) Hare’s Ear #14-18) Bird of Prey-Olive #14-16) Golden Stoneflies (#8-10) Elk Hair Caddis Olive and Tan (#14-16) Tan X Caddis (#14-18) Parachute Adams (#12-18) CDC Sulfur (#16-18) CDC PMDS (#14-18) More or Less Hoppers, Project Hopper, Hog Call Hopper, KK Henberry’s Hopper Wooly Buggers-Olive (#8-10) Zonkers-Olive and Natural (#4-8) Sculpin Olive or Tan, El Sculpito-Tan (#1)

The rain we got over the past few days has really helped out along with the slightly cooler temps at night. It looks like next week will be nice with temps in the low 70s during the day and upper 40s at night which will really improve things. For the most part we’ve been focusing on the smaller brook trout streams and doing the larger rivers lower down for bass. We did have a few trips this morning venture up to the Lamoille, with the recent rain the water temps had dropped into the lower 60s, clarity was only around 18inches for most of the morning but that didn’t seem to be an issue from the fishing standpoint. Over the course of the weekend the mid-sized tribs should be at great levels and have pretty good water temps, be sure to check them but with this cooler push of water they should be good. The Lamoille above Morrisville should be fishable all weekend-at least in the mornings. Water flows will continue to be on the higher side which once again is a good thing. Streamers on a sink-tip would definitely be a good choice but I’d be prepared to fish just about anything. The small streams should all be in great shape as well with some pretty happy trout.

The bass fishing has continued to be pretty good over the past week for us as well. Both on the rivers and lakes. On the river front it’s primarily been smallmouth. On the lakes we’ve been fishing for both but the largemouth fishing has been more productive from a fly standpoint. Big topwater flies including both poppers and deer hair frogs have done well. Flies tied with weed guards make all the difference when fishing heavy weed beds. The difference between fishing just the edge and the main weedbed can often be the difference between catching fish and not or catching one vs catching 5 or 6. Be sure to use some pretty heavy leader material when fishing in the thick stuff. We often use a straight section of 15-25lb maxima.

Good luck to everyone getting out this weekend!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 68am
Water Clarity: Muddy
Last Update: 08-9-2019
USGS FI: 463 @ Montpelier

River: Dog
Water Temp: 66
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 08-9-2019
USGS FI:  62 @ Falls

River: Lamoille
Water Temp: 64am
Water Clarity: Stained
Last Update: 08-9-2019
USGS FI: 476 @ Johnson