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Water Clarity: Clear 

Water Temperatures:Low 60s- Mid 70s

Hatches: BWOs, ISOs, Hoppers, Tan, Olive and Black Caddis, White Flies, Cahils, Flying Ants on the Warmer Days

Suggested Patterns:) Moodah Poodah, Hoppers, Ants, beetles, ISOs, Parachute Adams (#10-12, #18) Elk Hair Caddis-Olive, Tan or Black (#16-18) Blonde Wulfs (#10-12) Grey Wulfs (#10-12) Pheasant Tails #12-18) Bird Of Prey (#14-16) Jig Hare’s Ears, Jig P Tails, Hare’s Ears (#16-18) Small Sparse Soft Hackles

Hard to believe we’re already a week into September. The fishing has improved quite a bit over the past few days. Cooler daytime and nighttime temps have helped drop the water temps a fair amount. We’re seeing temps on the big range from 62 to 66 which isn’t too bad. We’ve been catching fish on a variety of wets and dries. Hoppers have still been taking their fair share of fish and we’ve seen a few decent ISO hatches along with plenty of BWOs. It’s nice being able to hit the bigger rivers and fish the evenings again. All the fish we’ve been catching have seemed to be healthy which is great to see. Still seeing a mix of stocked and wild fish. With all that being said, we could really use some substantial rain. The flows are super low, which is concentrating the fish now, but also making them pretty spooky. The other evening after hooking a few fish in a riffle we managed to put down a pile of other rising fish. Not something we typically have to worry too much about doing in VT. The low water was definitely a large factor in that happening. If you’re fishing the bigger rivers over the next few days try to focus on the faster moving stuff. It doesn’t have to be deep at all. 24″ of choppy water will hold fish right now. Nymphing water that shallow can be tough so if the fish aren’t taking dries we often will swing soft hackles. Often we will fish our way to the head of the riffle or run with a hopper (maybe with a short dropper off the back) once at the top, we’ll tie on an unweighted or lightly weighted soft hackle, turn around and swing all of the water we just fished with the dries. We’ll often pick up fish doing both methods, sometimes there’s a night and day difference as to which one worked better and other days the results seem to be identical. 

For those getting out over the next few days the fishing should be good, we’re forecasted to get some rain tonight which we’ll gladly take. Be sure to still bring a thermometer with you as temps may warm up a bit too much on the warmer days. I’d plan to fish the bigger rivers if the conditions warrant it. And if not, the mid sized tribs have still been giving up some nice fish over the past few days!

Just a heads up, for anyone around this weekend we’re having a big sale in the shop, there will be a bunch of giveaways-1 entry for just coming into the shop Friday, Saturday or Sunday and additional entries for every $25 spent in the shop! There’s also a great Fly Fishing Tournament on Sunday with the Mad Dog TU! There’s still space for a few more teams to sign up!!

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River: Winooski

Water Temp: 65am
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 9/8/21
USGS FI: 140

River: Dog
Water Temp: 62
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 9/8/21
USGS FI: 32.5

River: Lamoille
Water Temp:64
Water Clarity: Clear
Last Update: 9/8/21
USGS FI: 92