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Water Clarity:Clear

Water Temperatures:  60-73

Hatches: Golden and Blakc Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs , Light Cahils, Hoppers, Tricos, 

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)

Things have continued to be good over the past few days. We can definitely use the rain we’re going to get this weekend though. Pretty lucky that this is really the first stretch of more summer like conditions that we’ve been seeing. Water temps on the bigger rivers are up there even at first light but the mid sized tribs have been much better. A variety of flies have been catching fish. We’ve been hitting some trick hatches, some BWOs and we’ve also been successful with hoppers. Kinda the norm for this time of the year. Smaller nymphs (#16-18) have done pretty well too. This weekend could be a good time to go chase some meat eating browns with big flies if we get enough rain. If it’s just a touch off if the streamer bite isn’t happening then you might be able to coax them up to a fat hopper. I fished a few different streams the other day, started super early on the Dog and had to cover a lot of water but ended up with one brown between 22″-23″ on a Hopper as well as a couple smaller fish. Was off the water by 8am. Fished a smaller trib of the Winooski that had seen some localized showers the night before and the water was “diet ice tea” colored. Got some rookies and had two pretty good sized browns come up and eat a hopper out of the two fishiest looking holes both of which had nice log jams and undercut banks. Ended up blowing it on both of those fish. After Saturday it looks like the night and daytime temps are going to cool off which could make for some good mid week fishing on the larger rivers. We should see flying ants at some point over the next few weeks. A couple of warmer dry days is usually all it takes. It would be a good time to grease the wheels at work by telling your boss you’re not feeling too well so if you see flying ants out your window you can play up that illness and head “home” early.


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  68am Clear 8/11/17 245 @ Montpelier
Dog  61 am Clear  8/11/17 56.9 @ Falls
Lamoille  67am  Clear 8/11/17 220 @ Johnson