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Water Clarity: Clear

Water Temperatures: 52-64ish

Hatches: Golden and Black Stoneflies, Olive and Tan Caddis, BWOs ,Hoppers, Iso’s,

Suggested Patterns: BWO (#16-20) Parachute Adams (#10-18) X Caddis (#16-18) CDC Caddis (#16-18) Ginger Pupa (#18) Chernobyl Ants,  Copper Johns (#16-18) Pheasant Tails (#180 Taylor’s Gut (#16) Dark Soft Hackle (#14) Olive Hare’s Ear (#16-18) Olive Wooly Buggers (#6-8)

Fall is back! Water temps have dropped quite a bit over the past couple of days. We need rain really bad though, everything is super bony. The fishing should get better as things continue to cool down. We’ve been getting a decent amount of fish swinging soft hackles through the fast water as well as dead drifting nymphs. The next few evenings there should be some decent dry fly fishing in the right spots. Fish are going to be skittish and picky though. This low water has seemed to throw them off a little. In the afternoons fishing the faster water with an ISO Dry should draw some interest. In the slower water you may have to fish smaller patterns like BWOs or smaller Caddis flies. Because of the cooler temps we’re seeing sleep in, don’t fish right at first light. Wait till 8 or 9 to hit the water. Be sure to work the faster moving water. There will be some of the larger fish in the slower deeper water but there’s probably going to be a lot more fish in the faster water. Fish it all but spend more time in the fast stuff. Swinging a soft hackle down and across with one split shot a foot up from the fly can be a killer way to cover the riffles and a productive way to get fish. A lot of the trout we’ve caught in the past few days have been by doing this.  Looks like we may get a little rain next Thursday and Friday, hopefully a ton! The Landlocked Salmon run has been mediocre this year, with the lower flows the number of the fish in the rivers is lower than some years. And, there’s fewer spots in the rivers for the fish to hold now because of the lower water. We hooked some the other day, most of them were on a smaller Olive Caddis Pupa but we hooked some on San Juans, Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails. Good luck to everyone getting out over the next few days!


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River Water Temp Water Clarity Last Update  USGS Fl
Winooski  60am Clear 9/30/17 97.3 @ Montpelier
Dog  56 am Clear  9/30/17 21.2 @ Falls
Lamoille  59am  Clear 9/30/17 96 @ Johnson