River Report: June 1st, 2020
The bite has really been on the past two weekends. Just in time for folks to get out over Memorial Day weekend to honor our troops, past and present, and to enjoy a beautiful weekend and take some refuge from everyday life. Some got to enjoy the weekends by doing some fishing, and our guides did a excellent job of finding just about every fish that swims in Vermont for our clients.
Since the state has decreased some restrictions on social distancing, we have been getting a number of local folks looking to stretch their legs a little and get back into fishing. Some want to get the rust off from being to busy to fish the past bunch of years, some want to learn how to fly fishing or some have the gear and know how, but want learn a new body of water and how to fish it. We have done all of this in the past two weeks following the states procedure for running a guide business under social distancing guidelines. We’ve been practicing for months so we got this.
We have had a great relationship with WhistlePig Whiskey guiding many of their clients during thier stay at the farm. During the pandamic they have turned much of thier production into making hand sanitizer. They are so supportive of us they gave us 20 bottles for our guides to use
Ralph Kucharek has had a South Hero fella out twice in the past two weeks and showed him what he has been missing. They ventured from the Lake Champlain Islands to Some Green Mountain babbling brooks. Pike, Small mouth bass, brook trout, Bowfin.
Brian Cadoret isn’t about to be out done. Derrick and his son drove from NY to fish and go home. They both left with memories of their 1st great northern pike on a fly.
Brian has also been getting clients on all 3 species of trout by nymphing and swing streamer.
River conditions around the state are varying from Tstorms friday night. I recieved 2.5 inches in my gauge in Westford, While Middlebury only got .5 . We needed it and we’ll take it. Many big rivers got into the the upper 60’s last week with a freak heat wave. Now we are back to where we should be, cold rain and night time temps in the 40″s have brought temps back down to 60 this morn on the Winooski. Look for some more “normal” air and water conditions as we move into the 1st week of June. This is the time of year when trout really start looking up for food. Just in time, March browns will be hatching and trout love all phases of their life cycle. Sulphurs are another mayfly that will get start and get stronger as the month moves along. Caddis is something you can always depend on for the rest of the season. Trout feed on larva and pupa all day.