Most, if not all of Vermonts large rivers are still dirty to muddy after the major flooding almost a 2 weeks ago. Subsequent heavy rains from Tstorms haven’t helped matters. Small and mid sized mountain brooks on the other hand are in great shape. Levels are above average for this time of year, however temps are in the low 60s and they are gin clear.
This time of year, we are generally fishing these smaller streams to escape the big river due to their excessive temp, also to escape excessive air temps. These mountain brooks are truly sanctuary’s and they are in some of the most beautiful place Vermont has to offer.
Speaking of beautiful, they are also home to native brook trout, which are the most beautiful fish that swims in the state. They generally range in size from 3-8 inches, however double digits is not to uncommon. Over the weekend our guides found out that our green mountain gems are thriving and hungry.
On my 4 hour outing this past weekend. We released over 50 fish and had at least the same amount of splashy rises to our dry fly presentation. Only one fly need. The Ausable Wulff.
Fishing a mountain stream can be humbling and frustrating. Like I said above, we missed as many as we caught. The reasons are many, but remember these are small fish rising off the bottom of a high gradient stream to grab a small fly. It’s not always the anglers fault. Frustration can set in by getting hung up in trees which hang over tight to the water. Having good casting skills an constantly monitoring your surroundings is a big help.
Send us a inquiry if this is something you would like to experience or if you need some instruction to get better this particular type of fishing.