River Report: March 14th, 2020
Rivers around the state are running high and dirty or at best off colored. This is due to some recent rains and snow melt. The rain hasn’t really been the culprit, its the warm air temps that have made locations below 1000 ft snow less. Water temp are still mostly in the mid to upper 30’s. All of this has been good for sugar house’s, but not so for anglers looking to get and early tug. Be patient, there isn’t much rain in the forecast so things will settle.
Don’t be afraid to fish dirty water. If the stream has good temp and level, but the water is dirty or cloudy, Fish it! Water that is cloudy usually means it has be riled, so aquatic food items are more vulnerable and other eatables have been washed in, so fish put on the feed back with the abundance. Also, fish are less wary of their surroundings outside of their liquid environment. Try flies that are large so that they move water. The push of water that your fly makes can be felt thru the lateral line that all fish possess. Bright colored flies are typically the first thought to tie on because we can see them better and we think the fish the fish can too. Very dark colors show up well in brown water, so black and purple should get there due time. As usual, I also like flies that are toned, so you get the best of both.
With so much uncertainty over the Corona virus, we understand and respect all the measures that we can take to lower the risk of spreading it around. Fishing is still one thing that can be done with health minded preparation and social distancing. If you are still in the market for a guide in Vermont, we are open for business.