August is a great time to get out fishing for trout in Vermont. Days are getting shorter, thus air temps are getting cooler which keeps water temperature in the trouts comfort zone.
Trout notice the shorter days and cooler water, which signifies to them that fall and winter are coming. We also get a great hatch of Isonycia that trout really love. Isonycia is the last of the larger mayfly’s to hatch in the green mountains. Be sure to have imitations of all phases of their life cycle trough September. The combination makes trout put on the feed bag to help survive the winter months.
Right now, large river have above average flows from three separate flood events this summer. Occasionally you can catch one with decent clarity, but frequent down pours dirty them quickly.
Small and midsized stream,on the other hand, have had plenty of water and clean up quick. These have been our bread and butter for our service this summer. The native trout that live in these water are always ready to play.
The fall season is on its way. September is considered by many to be the best month of the season for fishing. Good hatches of Iso’s and blue winged olives dominate the menu. Streamer patterns are also important to have. As I said, fish need to prepare for the winter when there metabolism is low, their food sources are in the same place. So fish need to stock up. Bait fish become more sought after to fill their nutritional intake. Flies that imitate them become very important during this time.
Also in September we start looking for lake runs of Landlocked salmon and brown trout to start making their way up tributaries to their spawning grounds. Keep an eye on our river reports to see when we get our first hook ups or book a day in late September and October.