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River Report 5/23/18

River Report 5/23/18

This past week has been all about Brookies, Browns, Bass and Pike. Lots of nice fish landed and even some on top. It’s a great time of year to be fishing that’s for sure!
Greg Brown with a recent Brown in Southern Vt.
If you like tackle busting Smallmouths this is hands down the best window all season to land multiple trophy sized fish in an outing!

Beni from Brazil on Monday.
Paul from Cornwall last Wednesday.
Peter from CT last Sunday.
BC last Saturday. Hot fly has been Kevin Ramirez’s Drunk Dad.
*Many of the Bass are on beds now* Consider these fish off limits and please let them finish spawning. Instead focus on the deep corners, tail ends of long pools, log jams and fast waster. Still lots of active fish that are crushing big streamers. Side note you could still catch a Steelhead while chasing SMB! I’ve caught them well into June on huge streamers.
Kevin Ramirez’s Drunk Dad’s in Yellow. A great Bass / Bowfin fly in any color.
Start putting more topwater flies in your fly box. Poppers, Frogs, Mice and XL Hopper patterns can produce some violent strikes especially at first light and dusk.  Still continue to use big streamers mid day. My top 5 in no particular order are Strolis’s Headbanger , Ramirez’s Drunk Dad, the Muddy Buddy, Cohen’s Strip-A-Bou and the Meat Whistle. I fish them in various colors and sizes but always stripping fast with long erratic pauses. I recommend sinking line, 12 pound floro tippet and a 6-8wt. Bring a big long handled net and always treat these Lake run spawning fish with care.
Rusty Spinner eater caught by Greg Brown
Greg Brown and our friend Sean Martin each caught very nice Browns on the trusty Rusty Spinner recently.
Sean Martin released this beauty after it crushed a Rusty Spinner.
Jen Goodale has been catching nice Brookies on dry flies in the Manchester area.
The Otter dropped as much as I’ve ever seen such a short period of time. From 3,000 cfs to 1,500 cfs in a week and still dropping.  It’s currently at 963 cfs in Middlebury & 400 in Rutland. This is by far the lowest it’s been since March! This means you can fish a bunch of water that has been pretty much unfished since Winter time.
The Pike are responding and I caught two on Saturday. Both were on the smaller side but did see a few recently that were in the 38-42” range. 8-10’wt Rods, steel leaders, XL net, pliers and flies in the 5”-11” lengths are recommended for Pike.
Good luck and as always hit us up anytime to book a trip.
-Brian Cadoret