River Report: Northern VT September 15, 2018
Watersheds in the northern half of the state are in fair condition. If you look at the TLC, Temperatures on the big water have been in the low 60, however bluebird days and air temps in the low 80’s have brought them up to 67 as I left the Winooski last evening. Levels are looooow. As low as you have ever seen them. So we are really hoping that we get some of Florence to hit the region on Tuesday. Clarity is obviously great.
Fishing has been good on the mid sized tribs and decent on the bigger water. That statement could be skewed by the poor fish catching going on. Don’t know for sure if it’s angler error or the fish are short striking.
No matter how the catching is going, being on the water in September is the best. Conditions for the angler have been outstanding. Every time out there is more leaves changing color. We’ve had several foggy morning which is typical this time of year . If you haven’t noticed, you can sleep a little long for first light and you can almost make it home for dinner as the sun is setting at 7pm now.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking Mark Deprimo out. Mark and his wife frequently come to VT in September and this was our 5th time enjoying a day on the water. We fished hoppers/ants/iso dries/sulphurs on a cool trib and got no love. The fish were obviously not hungry as we watched several#12 size Sulphurs drying their wings, float harmlessly down Stream. So we hit some deeper wholes on the main stem of the winooski. We found a little more action there. One foot long bow to the net and a larger fish that put a big tug on , quickly came unbuttoned. Mark is a great client. He loves to catch fish, but he also loves the challenge that his journey can present. He loves the anticipation each cast, that it can be the one that makes the day. He also, loves Vermont and the beautiful places that I take him.
All the fish wanted over the last few days are natural iso nymphs. I’ve seen no hatches that are bringing fish up, however throwing dries have been successful. Hoppers and ants are still in abundance Stream side so keep tying those on particularly on windy days.