River Report 5/11/20
Burr it’s been unusually cold even down right frigid and Winter conditions in the mountains so far in May. There is still 60” of snow on top of Mt Mansfield and average amount for May 11th is 29”. That being said we still are catching fish and some of our guides and still snowboarding.
In the past few days I’ve lucked into a few trophy Smallmouth Bass which is such a fun fish to target. This time of year I’m using a 6wt and huge streamers to target them. Even caught one on a huge Pike fly the other day. They will also eat nymphs and worm patterns. If water temps ever warm up I will start using topwater flies for them.
Tried a OC trib recently for the first time this season and found some big Rainbows chasing White streamers. I tried a Golden Stone / Copper John combo and has no luck. Went back to streamers and instantly hooked up with my biggest one of the day.
Pike and Steelhead are in the usual spots and our guides have been doing well with both species this Spring.
Pike have been hitting medium to large sized flies along the banks, setbacks and in spots where water drains into the bigger rivers from flooded areas.
Steelhead are a challenging fish to target in Vt. You have Lake Champlain tribs and also opportunities in the Northeast Kingdom. So far mostly nymphs and egg patterns have been the best bets for flies. Again hoping the water temps kick up a few degrees and perhaps they will be tempted more often by stripping and swinging streamers.
Hoping for some warm weather in the forecast! Looks like it will finally be in the 60’s Friday through Sunday but some rain mixed in as well.
Looking like we will start guiding again soon so book your trip as are calendar is filling up.