River Report 6/14/18
June is a great time of year to be in Vermont. Very long days, plenty of sunshine and so many different kinds of fish to chase. Also it always seems like a bit of a lull on the river’s around this time. In April and May after the long Winter everyone is fishing like crazy. Now it seems like the folks fishing are spread out with so many options and also golfing, biking, hiking on vacation or just going less. This leaves us lots of hungry fish all to our selves!
Don’t forget it’s almost Father’s Day. A Stream and Brook gift certificate makes an excellent present. We’ve sold a few already an I’m sure the father’s will be stoked.
We’ve had a few really great learn to fly fish trips recently. One group had lots of luck on dry flies for Browns and Bows in an Otter Creek trib. Gerry Nugent was the guide and then next time out he had folks hooking up on dark Hendrickson Nymphs and mini Muddler Minnows.
I’ve been having fun heading out around 8pm and fishing topwater flies for LMB from my kayak. I usually go till about 10pm.
The ponds and lakes come alive at dark and into the night. So do the mosquitos. I would suggest bringing bug spray and a long sleeve shirt to throw on. It’s a great idea if your going solo to let someone else know your plan, wear a life jacket and have a head lamp.
Spending time on Lake Champlain hunting and sight fishing for Bowfin and Carp is a blast. Each time I’ve done it this year I’m seeing fish but not getting hookups. Some of the shallow bays I fish for them in are still very cool (58) and not much vegetation is growing yet.
August might be the best month for this type of fishing but like anything the more time you put into it the more often you’ll put big fish in the net. I did have a monster Carp hit a topwater Frog last night at dark. Unfortunately after a short battle it came unbuttoned. I was definitely very surprised as I’ve never caught one on the surface. At dark I switch over to topwater hoping for a Bass as I take a few more cast as I paddle back to the boat launch.
Bring a few “rope” flies with you in case you spot some Gar. When they grab the fly you need to resist on setting the hook. Wait and slowly create tension with the rod. Then hang on because they pull hard and the fly pops out of its mouth very easy. You’re hoping the rope tangles in the teeth to land them more than the hook. Like when targeting Pike please have pliers, a big net and be careful of and all those teeth!
Way up in the Green mountain national forrest it’s nice to totally switch it up from all the gear it takes when kayak fishing for different kinds of fish and just chase around Brook Trout. All you need is a 3wt, a small puck of dry flies and terrestrials in the back pocket and a small net. Keep it very simple and just enjoy the beauty that Vermont has to offer.
Hoping for a bit of rain tomorrow and early next week as the river levels are low all across the state. Keep in mind that It’s time to put the thermometer in the vest. Look for water 69 or cooler when catch and releasing trout.