VT River Report – 7/28/2017
Happy Friday! This week has been an awesome time to fish in Vermont. Both lake and streams have been producing numbers and size of every targeted species. All of the rain we received in the spring has made levels and waters temps perfect for this time of year. Usually, the big trout waters are generally too low and warm for ethical catch and release trout fishing, sending us to the small mountain brooks to chase brook trout or to the lake or pond for warm water species.
If you haven’t been getting out, this is the weekend to make it happen. We received another refresher of precip yesterday and the forecast for the weekend is sun and comfortable temperatures for the angler. Mornings and evenings have been the best time to target trout. There hasn’t been much of a hatch to match and few fish rising to anything. No matter, there are plenty of dark colored may fly nymphs present on the river bottom and large black stone fly shucks on the rocks along the rivers edge.
Keep it simple if you get out. Many people carry so many different flies with funny names. I have been sticking to my top 12 http://www.castawayflies.com/fly-selection/ and have had my way with the rainbows. In particular Dark hare’s ears, Princes in size #14. Black stone fly nymphs #10 and Pheasant tails #18. The Lamoille River Muskrat #14, a#10 88 and Wednesday evening a #12 mini muddler have been keeping the action fast and the net full.