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River Report : January 16, 2023

River Report : January 16, 2023

  • January 16, 2023
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Happy New Year everyone. We hope everyone had a great holiday season. Now it’s time to check river and lake lake water conditions for winter fishing.

First thing is to make sure you have you 2023 fishing license.

Unseasonably warm winter weather has kept area streams and brooks free of ice, and access to them easy going. Unseasonably rainy weather has kept them unseasonably high and warm. It has not been a bad time to throw some line and swing a streamer or bounce a nymph in slower sections. Some stretches will be closing up with ice a some regular January weather returns.

Winter fly fishing has a whole bunch of different obstacles to prepare for. We have plenty of guides available to show you the ropes for this season. Most of Our guides fish all year long, so you are a hearty soul looking to extend your time on the water we can give you the knowledge that you need.

If you are looking to go ice fishing on area lakes and ponds, please be cautious. This winter is not like most. Warm air temps have kept many open waters just that…open. No ice. Up until recently some folks were getting out in their boats. We are trending to a more seasonal second half of January so look for conditions to improve on the hard water.

Winter is a time to tie a ton of flies to prepare for spring 2023. Our guides get together for “Fly Tying Night” twice a month. These are great opportunities for us to bond over a couple of Vermonts finest libations during cold, dark winter nights. Many evenings are spent by the wood burning stove, stuffing fly boxes and dreaming of tight lines as the warm weather hits. In the picture is a Hare’ Ear nymph.

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