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River Report: October 29th, 2017

River Report: October 29th, 2017


Big and Medium size rivers have been up and down recently with some much needed rain. As I write, everything is mostly around season average levels, however we have a good chance of more significant precipitation for the next 2 days. The wind associated with this weather system  will also have fishing conditions deteriorating for the next few days.

Recent fishing has been good. Reports from our guides are that LL salmon loved the recent surge in water levels and some fresh fish moved into the rivers. When fresh silver fish move into the river they are more aggressive to a streamer pattern. Not the cast this week. Fish have been on BWO emergers and Red Headed Prince nymph patterns.

The browns and brookies  have also loved the fresh drink of water they have been getting. I received a report and a pic from a local women that was a client a couple weeks ago. I love getting them. She caught a beautiful brown in the Winooski while the water was up last week on a yellow streamer. I had a client out that same day, we decided to fish brookies. We found very active fish in there spawning colors taking dries. We tied on a #12 Ausable Wulff with a #18 Copper John and never changed a thing the rest of our time. The Wulff is an awesome brook trout fly, but was originally thought to be an indicator fly in this set up.  I guess with water temps in the mid 50’s during October on a mountain brook, why not.

If you’re not hunting this time of year, keep fishing after this storm. With air temps in the high 50’s and no real cold in the 10 day forecast, fishing for spawners should be good when river lower.