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VT River Report – July 1st, 2017

VT River Report – July 1st, 2017

The river report for this weekend is bleak. We have had a very wet spring and early summer. We continue to get these cut of low pressure systems that sit up in Canada and rotate fronts over us for days on end. Over the past 3 days we have been getting even more precip that usual with these systems. I have registered just over 3 inches here in Westford VT. This has put most rivers at bank full and there is a flood watch until Sunday morning with heavy rain still in the forecast for today.
The 7 day outlook is good. If we are luck the big rivers will be back in good shape by next weekend and small/mid sized streams should be on fire by mid week.
Lake and pond fishing is a great option all the time, unless they have tributaries that have been pumping dirty water into them. In the North Eastern part of the state, many of the lakes and ponds have a hatch that most people pay little attention too. It is the Hexagenia hatch. This is the largest of the Mayfly hatches. These large insects bring every species of fish in the body of water to the surface. I’ve caught cat fish on the surface with dry fly imitations. I’ve also been hung out to dry by some huge fish that generally can’t be caught on the surface. With rivers the way they are, all of our guided trips for this weekend have been canceled. I haven’t been able to talk any one into to making the trip north, so I will be heading up tomorrow evening to see If I can get in on the action. Pictured is a parachute Hex and a cripple pattern that I just tied, which is an @Art Rafus original. (BZ)

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