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Water Clarity: Clear to Stained

Water Temperatures: 55-65

Hatches: Stones, Caddis, ISOs, Tricos, Hoppers, BWOs

Suggested Patterns: Hoppers, Chubbies, Stimulators, Parachute Adams, BWOs, Tan X Caddis, Pheasant Tails, Bird Of Prey, Small Stone Patterns, Zebra Midges, STREAMERS!!

The fishing has continued to be awesome this week! The rain we got the other day brought the Winooski and Lamoille up quite a bit but they’ve already dropped and are fishable!! It’ll be a great weekend to be on the water! We’ve been getting fish on dries, nymphs and streamers! Still seeing some good ISO activity in the afternoon, and on the cloudier days, or closer to dusk the BWOs have been hatching. Hoppers are still out and have been catching lots of fish for us as well. Both the Winooski and Lamoille fished quite well for us yesterday, the Winooski is still a little high but very fishable, some of the swifter pocket water sections may be a bit difficult at the current water flow but lots of the other riffly water, and bigger runs and pools will be perfect! It still has a little color to it but a good color! The Lamoille is in great shape, it’s fished well from Johnson all the way up. Access has still been a little trickier as there’s still quite a bit of debris on some of the normal access trails but that’s obviously not the end of the world. Pay attention to where you wade, there’s definitely some debris in the rivers right now that you wouldn’t want to brush up against with your waders. Fencing, particularly barb wire, boards with lots of nails and or screws in them and all sorts of other stuff. Lots of stuff that would love to put a hole in a pair of waders!

The smaller stream fishing in some areas is slowing down a little, likely due to the fact that the brook trout may be in spawning mode. One of the guides hit a smaller mtn stream the other day and got a pile of little wild rainbows, but not a single brook trout. Normally it’s a pretty even split in that stream between bows and brookies so it’s definitely a good indication as to what’s starting to happen! Not to worry though as the mid sized and larger streams are in perfect shape!! 

For those getting out this weekend, go fish the mainstems of the Winooski or Lamoille or some of the larger tribs. The fishing should be really really good, no need to get up super early either, the fish will become more active as the day progresses! 

Good luck to everyone getting out!!

On one final note, mark your calendars for Sunday, October 15th! The Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) will be playing at the Spruce Peak Preforming Arts Center! Tickets are available for purchase by click HERE

See you there!

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River: Winooski:

Water Temp: 64

Water Clarity: Slightly Stained

Last Update: 9/23
USGS FI: 510

River: Dog
Water Temp: 56am
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 9/23/23
USGS FI: 103

River: Lamoille
Water Temp 64

Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 9/23/23
USGS FI: 277


Check out this sweet video Jake Leamon put together for us!!