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  • December 23, 2018
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  • River Report

As 2018 comes to a close I we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holidays and Happy 2019. There are only a few days left to throw some line in 2018 and conditions could not be worse. The combination of snow melt due to two days of 50 degrees, and between 1 and 1.5 inches of rain during that time, has put some rivers in a flood advisory. The Lamoille River has a bunch of ice and debris in its flow. On a positive note conditions are improving and should continue with no precipitation in the forecast until Friday, when we’re expecting a snow- to- rain, back-to- snow event, which should not impact conditions going into the new year.

2018, like every other year, had it’s challenges which kept us on our toes. Late winter and early spring conditions were great and fishing followed suit. Several nice spawning steelie’s came to hand as well as lake Champlain run smallies. Just like that, we hit a 6 day heat wave and no precipitation that persisted through the summer. Unfortunately, water temps in many water sheds where 70-80 degrees and made trout fishing off limits to ethical C&R fishing.

The great thing about Vermont is it’s diversity of fish to chase. Mountain streams were still available as they maintained good temps and a good supply of brook trout eager to take dries. Even those small streams got way too small with the lack of rain. We found plenty of good action with the warm water species on the lower sections of Lake Champlain tribs.

We had a client who wanted to fish for trout, go pike fishing, and catch their first pike on fly tackle or catch their biggest pike. The bass fishing was on fire last year! Lake Champlain has become a big draw for professional bass anglers and we put our clients on these bad boys that enter the tribs with fly gear. Finally, we started to get some moderation in the air temp and precip so we where able to salvage some trout fishing towards the end of the regular season.

We’re excited about the season ahead. Stay with us all winter as we will be posting useful info relating to fly fishing and tying, we’ll announce/attend events, tying flies. When the conditions are good we fish and guide so we will continue with river reports. We also have contests and giveaways. Friend us on Facebook and Instagram to get even more local info.

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