River Report June 6th, 2019
Had some great trips out in the last week! Looking for Pike, trophy Rainbows and wild Browns. From a local Vermonter to a family from Houston. We found some nice fish and everyone enjoyed the outings.
The good news about the weather is it’s supposed to be sunny through the weekend! No rain till possibly Tuesday. If I wrote this yesterday I would of included that the rivers were possibly the lowest and in best shape this entire season. They were low, clear and fishing great! Started fishing dry flies last week and saw large hatches of Mayflies with fish gorging on them. Had clients catching fish on Elk Hair Caddis and White Wulffs.
However on Tuesday we had some scattered rain storms and last night we got huge thunderstorms all across Vt and most rivers blew out by this morning. Over 2” of rain fell in the last 24 hours. For example the New Haven River was around 200 cfs on Tuesday afternoon and peaked out at 2,600 cfs early this morning. It’s already dropped to 1,600cfs and I except it to drop to 500 cfs by Saturday morning and be fishing well.
The Pike fishing was really turning on and the OC was as low and clear as I’ve seen it this year. Nearly all the flooded fields were drained. However it’s now muddy and bumped up to 2,600 cfs. The clarity will probably be stained through the weekend.
The silver lining of all this rain and snow melt this entire Spring is hoping to have below river temps this Summer. Last year we had severe hot temps and actually had multiple fish kills because of it.
So enjoy the high water and cool river temps. Fish big streamers for Trout. Wade carefully and also look for great hatches in the evening. For Pike and Bass the rivers will be high and off color for a bit so try some of the great ponds and lakes Vt has to offer.
Join us on Father’s Day at Tourtourelle Restaurant in New Haven for a free fly tying and fly casting demos from 4:30-6:30pm! They will be having a great Fathers Day BBQ that evening as well!
Be sure to check out an awesome movie and fund raiser next Thursday at the Paramount Theater in Rutland. Chalk is the movie and all proceeds go to the Moon Brook restoration project. Can win a Orvis H3, WhistlePig Rye silent auction and much more. Tickets are $15 hope to see you there!
I’m trying to finish this up so I can try out my new Jackson Kayak Big Rig HD on Lake Champlain for Bowfin. It’s currently 67 degrees and sunny and supposed to hit 70 this afternoon. A perfect day for sight fishing on the big lake.
Book a trip soon! BC