Upland VT Fishing Report 6/30/2019
It was a nice week in Northern Vermont where, unlike southern parts of the state, the temps were cooler and rains were scarce, until storms rolled thru this morning anyway. We actually needed the rain in my area of the Northeast Kingdom which are words I didn’t expect to utter this year after most of the region flooded in April, and river levels were high thru most of May as well. This time of year is my favorite in the NEK.
Big Hexagenia mayflies are starting to hatch in the ponds and lakes of Vermont. The large nymphs clamour to the surface from great depths and every fish that swims seeks out these wriggling nymphs. The big mayfly adults break free of their nymph bodies and lay vulnerable on the surface. To witness a big hatch of hexes and the water boil with fish roses is an amazing thing to see.
I was unlucky and missed the hex hatch even though I was on the water until 10pm, but on the wrong end of the lake. Luckily during the days I was able to do my favorite fishing in the world – wild native brook trout! The stream I routinely fish from my camp goes spate briefly in the late summer or early fall timeframe as it did the last two summers. The stream is no more than a mile from source to mouth, and according to the Eastern Brook Trout Join Venture does not have Brook trout. Well, even good intentioned people make mistakes. Guess they sampled the stream during one of those spate events and drew the wrong conclusion. Morale of the story here is that wild brook trout, unlike stocked trout, have evolved to deal with the tough conditions. Don’t count them out when one stream survey says otherwise. As long as the water is clean, riparian buffers intact, and those fishing do so responsibly and conservatively, the resource will likely bounce back and bring joy to many more generations.