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Water Clarity:Clear

Water Temperatures: 55-70

Hatches: Golden and Blakc Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs , Light Cahils, Hoppers, Tricos, Flying Ants, Iso’s 

Suggested Patterns: Gray Wulf #10-12, Parachute Adams (#10-18) Orange Stimulators (#12-16) Light Cahils (#14-18) Flying Ants (#14-16) Black Ant (#14-18) BWO #(18-20)

Things are looking really good for the next week! Much cooler daytime and night time temps are going to cool off the bigger rivers quickly. The fishing on the main part of the Winooski and the Lamoille should get really good. We’ll probably be able to hit em in the evenings as well with the cooler day time temps. Expect to see ISOs hatching in the evenings with BWOs sporadically throughout the day along with some Caddis Flies too. Hoppers are still a great option as are ants. We had a huge flying ant hatchlast Saturday and should see another one at some point. Who knows when though. Both nymphing and dry fly fishing should be productive with streamers working in some spots as well. With the water a little lower and finally relatively clear everywhere sometimes the larger profile of some streamers can put the fish off. When nymphing run 4-6x fluoro depending on the size of the flies you’re fishing. Generally this time of the year smaller patterns often seem to be more productive although a bigger ISO nymph is tough to beat this time of the year. A #12 pheasant tail is a great imitation of one of these insects and can be swung in the mid to upper column of water to imitate an emerging bug. A hopper with a pheasant tail or a larger unweighted soft hackle can be a killer this time of the year, drift the hopper and at the end of the drift position your rod to allow the flies to swing across the current, sometimes they’ll go for the hopper but generally they key in on the soft hackle and usually hit it with some serious aggression. Things are shaping up for the 3rd Annual VT Fly Fishing Show quite nicely. Bob Verveka will be in the shop in the morning tying some killer flies, Brian Price and the Vermont Fly Guys will be here as well tying flies, we’ve got reps here from lots of different companies so if you’ve been eyeing a new Sage or Winston come on in and give them a try. Free casting class in the morning along with a Dry Fly/Aerial Mending Demo and then a Nymphing Demo. There will be Free Beer along with some awesome Chili again this year too!!


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  65am Clear 8/25/17 199 @ Montpelier
Dog  56 am Clear  8/25/17 46.1 @ Falls
Lamoille  63am  Clear 8/25/17 190 @ Johnson