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River Report; March 23rd, 2020

River Report; March 23rd, 2020

  • March 23, 2020
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Rivers around the area are are in pretty good shape. Water temps are still in the high 30’s, levels are mostly good, and clarity is clear to stained. All waters are ice free except on some mornings there are some cool looking ice formations.

Conditions should remain this way for the rest of the week, as air temps will remain cool and very little in the way of precip. We are expecting some snow tonight, less in the north more in the south. Could be a fun chasing steelhead in the snow tomorrow.

Fat , early season bow

With conditions this good this early, our guides have been out testing the waters. This time of year most river fishers want to get into a Lake Champlain run Steelhead. Getting your rod to bend on one of these bad boys is challenging. We have runs on most VT tribs, but there numbers are not great so you have to spend a bunch of time, and make a bunch of casts, or you can show up at the right time when a bunch have moved up at the same time.

I’ve been prospecting for chrome with a couple guides recently. We haven’t had any luck other than Jamie E, saving the day in the last minutes with a hefty rainbow and John S. and I got nothing until the 11th hour when we came on to some browns eating black stones and tiny PT’s.

First pic of 2020 steelhead