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River Report : 5/10/21

River Report : 5/10/21

  • May 9, 2021
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River Report : May 10th 2021

It feels more like early April then the second week of May but the fishing is turning on and we have so many great opportunities right now to chase multiple fish species.

The OC tribs are in great shape right now.

Last weekend I guided a trip in Killington and Saturday morning it was 37 degrees, windy and a few inches of fresh snow covered the mountains. On Friday we had a frost! But hopefully soon we will get some warmer days to really get those hatches popping.

Ryan & Ashleigh during a trip last week.
Ashleigh braving the cold and searching for trout.

The trout are looking up and starting to take dry flies. Around here the Hendrickson hatch is always greatly anticipated and it’s starting to go off a bit. I’m still mostly striping streamers and nymphing but it’s time to start putting some dry flies in the box. Maybe even try a hopper/ dropper?

Will with a nice Bass 10 years ago. Wow time goes by quickly!

The Steelhead and lake run Bass that we chase all Spring are just heating up. Sometimes we end up catching trout and suckers while targeting Metalheads but it’s still nice putting fish in net.

Funny looking Steelhead! It’s pretty common to land Suckers this time of year. Enjoy the battle and still give them a gentle release!

Lots of recent rain has the Otter flooded but it’s tributaries are in great shape. Still cold but great clarity and flows. It will take 10 days or so for the Otter to drop back into its banks and for the surrounding swamps/ farm fields to dry up. Then the Pike fishing should be ideal!

Bow from today. Hit an Olive @pikenasty streamer

With overnight temps in the 30’s/40’s the past week the water temperatures are still cool for this time of year. But we are ok with that as last summer/ fall the entire Northeast was in a drought and water temperatures got very high. Hope we continue to get a reasonable amount of precipitation and that continues through the fall!

Looking for Pike in flooded areas.

We have been out with some great clients recently and have more trips on the books. Hit us up anytime to get out on a fun river adventure. (BC)

Bill enjoyed a nice Black Caddis hatch recently in Southern Vt.