The conditions of rivers and streams around Vermont are right where the should be. Temps are generally in the mid to upper 30’s, levels are average and clarity is gin clear. These conditions don’t typically change very much for the rest of the fall and winter, because most precipitation falls in the form of snow and there isn’t enough sun for any evaporation.
October 31st has always been the close of river fishing for trout. However, a few year ago fish and wildlife officials decided to keep many of them open for artificial lures and catch and release. This was such a great decision by the department, because the fishing is still good, and they’re big fall spawning fish that can be pursued in November and December.
Many folks hang up their rods to pick up their guns during Nov/ Dec in pursuit of game. Many of our guides do not hunt for game, but they stay on the hunt for landlocked salmon, steelhead and brown trout that are spawning. They have the rivers to themselves many times. Once December roles around and lake water gets to 50 degrees, the Lake trout begin to spawn making them very accessible to fly fishers.
If you have any interest interest in extending your season into the winter get in contact with us. Our guides can show you how to prepare for a day on the water when others are hitting the slopes.