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River Report: March 19th 2018

River Report: March 19th 2018

River Report: March 19th 2018.

Stream and Brook guide Kevin Ramirez says this one nailed a Black Stone as soon as it hit the water.

This time of year is so much fun to be outside in Vermont. I feel like I’m so busy snowboarding in all the recent storms and making maple syrup with friends and family that I’ve been ignoring my fly rods a bit.

Photo of me by Sean G a few days ago at the Snow Bowl. With back to back Nor’easters the mountains have 36”- 60” (more in certain areas) of snow on the ground right now! This may cause floods right around opening day of trout season if it melts too quickly but let’s just enjoy it right now.

I haven’t caught a fish this March yet. Last Monday I hit a few different Lake Champlain tribs in search of Steelhead. I did hook one large fish but it darted powerfully around a small pool and came unbuttoned after a short battle.  I’m going this afternoon so I hope to be putting one in the net today.

My son Henry and my Dad collecting sap recently. We have made nearly 40 gallons so far!

For anglers in our area looking to knock dust off the fly rods this is the perfect time of year to get started. Make sure you have the 2018 Vt fishing license! Dress properly and wade carefully as water temps are still very cold.

Here are some tips from local fly fishermen Dylan Hotchkiss. “I would say be persistent and don’t be afraid to change up flies if one isn’t working, especially for those  Steelhead” 

Dylan about to release a gorgeous VT Steelhead just last week. Photograph taken by Kevin Ramirez. Other friends and guides have been out and having great success.

A look into Ralph Kucharek’s net and him snowboarding at the Snow Bowl the following day! He said the Steelhead mauled a White Wooly Bugger on a dead drift.

Good luck if you get out on the local rivers. Remember be persistent and keep changing flies. We do offer guided trips year round so hit us up if you want to book a trip. Thanks BC