Vermont Guides Since 1998

River Report 8/18/17

River Report 8/18/17

We like big Browns and that ain’t no lie! The average Brown Trout is said to be 8″-14″ in Vermont. From right now through November most of our guides will be targeting much much bigger specimens.


Guide Andy M with a chunky BNT!


They spawn in the Fall and tend to show up in the same areas year after year. The males get that kype and the colors are outrageous! For all the ones we are lucky enough to land the encounters with some even much bigger than pictured happens.


Guide Sutton D certainly has a knack for roping a few fish like this every year! He won the 2015 Otter Creek Classic.


The key to finding and landing Trophy Trout is many things including lots of luck, knowledge, patience, blood, sweat and of course tears. Most of all many days / hours of fishing with nothing to show for it.


Guide John S using low light to his advantage.


It helps to fish first light, at dusk and even at night. Even better after or during a big rain event when the rivers are nearly floding. Safely of course!


Guide Brian C throwing 6″ White Streamers in muddy water during a downpour. 25.5″ BNT


Some of these fish were caught on Nymphs but most of the time we get the 22″-26″ and bigger ones on Streamers. I’m not talking about a size 8 Wolly Bugger but large Streamers 3″-7″. Some are articulated, most are heavily weighted and we use sinking line. We use 6 to 8wt rods and a stout short leader. In high water or at dark I use 20# and only about 5′. Nothing worse than hooking the Trout of a lifetime but having it snap off light tippet. More tips and on fly selection in a future post.

Good luck in the pursuit of these amazing fish! Handle them with care of course and hit us up if you want a go at it! (BC)