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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures: 55-70ish

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

Suggested Patterns: Parachute Adams (#10-18) Grey Wulf (#10-16) Light Cahill (#12-14) Blonde Wulf #10-12, Hoppers, Cinnamon Flying Ants (#16) Bird of Prey (#14-16) Pheasant Tails (#12-18) Caddis Pupa (#12-16) Copper Johns Copper or Red (#16-18) Hare’s Ears Natural or Olive (#12-18) Black Stoneflies (#6-8) 

Looks like Summer is back for a bit longer. Flows are super low right now and the bigger rivers are starting to get a little toasty. The Winooski river in Middlesex yesterday morning was 65 at 9am with a heavy layer of fog. I would imagine that after the fog burned off the water temp jumped pretty quick. All of the streams around could use a good push of water. Doesn’t look like we’re going to be getting one anytime soon. Small brookie streams are still fishing pretty well, fish are super spooky though. Walk lightly, fish smaller flies with lighter tippet and make longer than normal casts. The bigger rivers will fish alright in the am but probably shut off by noonish.  Fish the water that has the most flow. Fast riffles swinging a soft hackle can be deadly as well as nymphing the pocket water. Hoppers would be a good pattern to fish in the pocket water along with any other bushier dry fly. It’s going to be a little tricky out there over the next week or so. If you find fish though, you’ll probably find more than one. Don’t be afraid to run lighter tippet material either, sometimes 6x can make a big difference when trout fishing in low water! Another thing to keep in mind is that the Little River coming out of the Waterbury Reservoir is no longer a cold tailwater. GMP is doing work on the dam causing the water temps to come up significantly on that water unfortunately. Water was 68 at 9:30am yesterday. Good luck to everyone getting out this weekend!


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  65am Clear 9/22/17 124 @ Montpelier
Dog  62 am Clear  9/22/17 26.9 @ Falls
Lamoille  64am  Clear 9/22/17 119 @ Johnson