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9/17/18 River Report : Otter Creek

9/17/18 River Report : Otter Creek

9/16/18 River Report: Otter Creek
The Otter Creek is at a great level for this time of year. The usgs says 300 cfs for Middlebury and it was 800 cfs a few days ago from nearly 2” of rain we got on Monday evening. The clarity is perfect and I got a river temp of 70 this afternoon in Weybridge. I’m guessing way up in Rutland it’s as low as 67?
I’ve had some recent success with Pike using sinking line and big colorful tandem streamers. Stripping them in fast where rivers enter or in big eddy’s is a good bet in the Fall. I’ve had a few followers that were huge but they either missed the fly when they attacked or just lost interest and slowly swam back to where they were.
They are an ambush predator so look for areas that have lots of smaller fish for them to feed on. As always if targeting them be prepared. Carry an XL net, needle nosed pliers and be ready for a battle. 8wt-10wt rods short 40# leader and some kind of steel leader is key. Some hot colors now are Orange/ Black, White/Chartreuse, Pink/White and Perch.
Recently I’ve had many great days in the Otter Creek tributaries targeting medium sized Trout with 3wts. Mostly using various Hopper/ dropper combos and dry flies. If you flip a few rocks you will see lots of Stonefies, ISO nymphs and caddis as well.
I’ve been getting river temps from 55 to 64 way up in the hills. Clarity has been excellent and besides them rising briefly from the rain last Monday they have been pretty low. Sometimes the big pools look so good but I’ve been have better luck fishing the fast water.
Doesn’t look like much rain in the forcast till maybe Tuesday then possibly Friday. In the next 10 days 5 of them are supposed to have over night temps dropping into the high 40’s. Definitely will feel like Fall and that will hopefully help drop the river temps in the Otter and get them down into the mid 60’s!
📸by John Synnott
The local Bass ponds are fishing great as well. Frog Patterns, White Gurgler and poppers are producing surface strikes in the evenings. It gets dark much earlier now so I start throwing topwater around 6:00 pm if it’s overcast. Mid Summer I wait til 8:00pm. I didn’t take a temp recently but it felt cool on my legs while launching the kayak. In early August it felt hot (80 degrees) in the shallows, so the ponds are cooling off as well!
What ever you’re chasing this is a great time of the year. Good luck be safe and let us know if you would like to book a trip. (BC)