River report: September 8, 2018
We have been getting more fall like weather and it feels great. Big rivers are still warm but should be good to go soon with over night temps in the upper 40’s and day time highs in the upper 60’s. We are also expecting the remains of tropical storm Gordon to finally give us some significant precipitation Monday and Tuesday.
When not guiding we are always scouting to make sure our clients have the best chance of hooking up. Last evening guide Jamie Eisenberg and I did just that. We found the Lamoille to warm and low, however the tribs are in good shape with temps in the mid 60’s , but could use a bump in level.
It’s important to share info with the guides so they can be more successful with our clients. I had the pleasure of showing Jamie one of my favorite beats last evening. We never saw a rise to naturals but found some nice browns taking hopper patterns. We also found a ton of large iso shucks on the rocks. Even the spare white fly hatch at dusk did get fish dimpling the surface.
The Isonychia hatch is one of the most significant hatches that we have in Vermont. It’s the last big mayfly of the season so the fish love them as they start to put on the feed bag for the winter. Trout love to chase the nymphs as they are very fast swimmers and emerge on the the rocks at the rivers edge. ISO nymphs can be imitated with a prince or a zig bug, but an all natural imitation is best. Adults sit low to the water so para Adams and mahogany colored paras and haystacks will draw some attention. If you come across a white fly hatch, soft hackle white on white emergers and white Wulff’s will serve you well.
We still have plenty of availability for next weekend and it should be one of the best in a long time for trout. Pike and bass are still vey active, Taking big patterns as they too are feeling the need to put on some weight for the winter. Brian Cadoret was doing what he does best yesterday fooling a big ol’ pike.If we get the rain from Gordon I wouldn’t be surprised to start getting reports of landlocked salmon enter the rivers for their spawning run. If you’ve been holding off on booking a trip with us now is the time to do it.