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VT River Report – 7/24/2017

VT River Report – 7/24/2017

The river systems in Vermont are in great shape. The upper sections of the big rivers are in the low to mid 60’s. That’s more like late May temps. The lower section punched over 70 a couple days last week, but a cold front has brought rain and cool day time temps to the region which will have everything back to May conditions for the rest of this week.
The precip has been falling fairly light, but by tomorrow morning could add up to and or so. make sure if your heading out to check to USGS stream flows to get an idea of what you might run into.
Last week the trout fishing was outstanding. Reports from our guides have been excellent particularly  on the mid size tribs of the Lamoille and Winooski. Two reports of catching 40 trout, and catching all 3 species. Another Report of an evening on the upper Lamoille with bows getting bigger as the light diminished.  I got out on a float of the upper Lamoille with John Synnott and the reports are the same. Plenty of actively feeding bow from 10 to 14 inches. Most fish where fooled by caddis imitations on the swing of the drift. No match the hatch scenarios reported, however trout have been crushing Goddard Caddis patterns and hopper imitations.
Look for the great conditions to continue as air temps will be struggling to get out of the 70’s  and precipitation will be more of the garden variety showers.
Hatches have not been great nor has the trout activity to any hatch. However, you can still get action on the surface this time of year. generally C&R anglers struggle to have opportunity to fish the big rivers this time of year due to water temps in the 70s. We usually miss the Potomanthus and Yellow drake hatches. With conditions the way they are, make sure to have some large yellow/cream Haystacks for the next couple weeks. Also, fish will come to the surface for terrestrials so have some ants and hopper patterns as well.
Updated by BZ