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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures:  59-70

Hatches: Sulphurs, Light Cahils, Hoppers, ISOs, Tricos, Flying Ants

Suggested Patterns: Iron Sally #14-16, Anderson’s Bird of Prey #16, Yellow Softy, Pheasant Tails #14-18, Copper Johns #14-18, Kyle’s BH C-N Sprflash #16-18, Bob’s Softy   Red and Copper, Hare’s Ears #14-18, Light Cahils #14-16, Elk Hair Caddis Olive #14-16, More of Less Hopper #6-10, VW Hopper #8-14, Bionic Ant #14-16, Black Ant #16-18 Zonkers #6, Montana Mouthwash #6,  Muddler Minnows #6-10, Wooly Buggers Olive #6-10.

We finally got some much needed rain. We got a decent amount in the Stowe area but it seems like the majority of what came through as of now (Sunday am at 8:30) went south of us. The streams around Stowe are all up a little bit but did not see the same amount of precipitation as some of the areas south of the shop. The Lamoille cam up about a hundred CFS yesterday and is still slowly climbing but the Winooski came up from about 80 CFS to 650cfs. The Winooski is super muddy right now which always happens when it rains but it’ll be good for the fish. A flush of cool water was needed very badly for the bigger rivers. The Lamoille should be in pretty good shape right now with both clarity and water levels, I’m sure the temps are pretty good right now as well. All of the smaller tribs are going to fish well as well as some of the Lamoille Tribs like the North Branch and the Gihon. Keep an eye out though, as we’re still in for some scattered storms today that could produce heavy rain at times so things could still get blown out. We;ve had some good trips going out over the past few days with good amounts of trout and bass caught depending on where we’ve fished. Some of the cooler trout streams have provided us with some really nice trout taken on grass hoppers. The VW Hopper as well as the More-Or less hopper have been killing it. We should expect to see flying ants any time. Tricos are in full swing in several rivers around, we’ve also started to see more BWO’s over the past couple of days with some evening ISO’s starting to hatch. Most of the places the ISO’s have been are still too warm to fish in the evenings but that should hopefully change in the next few weeks. If you’re getting out today, hit some of the smaller tribs as those will be in the best shape. Depending on the amount of water flowing through them, you may or may not find fish feeding on top, if you can’t get fish to take dries switch it up and dead drift some nymph patterns or even swing a wooly bugger or muddler minnow!


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  67 am Muddy 8/14/16  648 CFS @ Montpelier
Dog River  60 am Stained-Will Clear quick  8/14/16 111 CFS @ Falls
Lamoille  64 am Stained 8/14/16 222 CFS @ Johnson