Saturday, August 19, 2017

smiles say it all

Hi Folks, I have been chasing the smallmouth bass with clients all week.  It has been a great week of fishing and particularly for large fish.  Water levels have been up all week from periodic thunderstorms.  Temperatures have maintained in the low seventies in the bass water.  Nice over cast conditions along higher than average flows, and off colored water has probably made the larger fish more comfortable in their environment.  In the last two days I have floated in the driftboat, waded, and canoe fished. The river fishing has been way more productive that the still water fishing. The river fish appear to be more aggressive and active.  Most of the action from the larger bass has come from either a Rapala or a 4" dead drifted Senko swim bait.  The smallmouth have been holding in pools and off large rocks.  A lot of strikes have been pretty subtle on the rubber to ferocious on the plugs.  I have to say that the average size of the fish has been outstanding.  The smallies look to be really well fed and healthy.  Deep bodied fish that are really strong.  The bass fishing is a great option in Vermont when the trout water warms up.  Lot of terrestrials about now especially green bodied grasshoppers.  Start paying attention in the afternoon flying ants.  Still seeing lots of #18-#20 micro caddis as well as #22-#24 Trico spinners every morning.  I am off to chase smallmouth.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, August 17, 2017

drastic change results in more big fish

Hi Folks, Had a great float on the Lamoille yesterday.  Water temperature was 72 degrees and the level way up.  Thunderstorms from the previous night tripled the flow and made the river off colored on the edges to chocolate in the main current.  We still managed to land 14 really nice fish.  The river was completely different from two days ago when I floated it.  The high water can be intimidating from a fishing standpoint.  Pretty easy with the boat in that a lot of rocks are avoided as I float right over them. We worked hard baits all day.  A perch colored Rapala and a Fire Tiger Rapala were the lures of the day. We landed another measured 20" smallmouth bass.  Two trophy fish in two floats.  Not to mention we had some good walleye action.  Old marble eye was pounding the plugs.  They are meat eaters and in dirty water they feel pretty comfortable feeding.  We focused on the soft water.  River edges and slow eddies.  A slow section with a hard bottom and lots of boulders was consistent.  There was a high percentage of water that we could not fish due to the high water.  It was a day for active presentations and not dead drifted rubber much to the chagrin of a man named Top water in my drift boat.  Love seeing fish eat Rapalas.  Well, I am off to do it again.  Water should have settled out a bit and it is a nice cool morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

That's a serious fish!

Hi Folks, Going non-stop guiding currently,  Night and day on the water tangling with fish in different environments.  Floated the Lamoille yesterday afternoon for smallmouth bass after a morning trout trip on the Winooski and then a kids trip yesterday morning and wrapped things up with  an afternoon foray to the upper upper Wionooski.  Water temperatures have warmed up. The Winooski was 66 to 68 degrees and the flow was lower than the seasonal average.  The Lamoille was 76 degrees and right at its seasonal flow and the surface temp. of the lake I visited was 71 degrees.  I had a client land a trophy smallmouth bass on Monday afternoon.  The fish measured just shy of 21".  A real beast that ate a jointed rapala. It  did not come to the net easily.  I will guide a couple of 20" plus smallmouth each season.  Not an everyday fish especially in a river. Through the course of Monday afternoon we landed 50 fish with a combination of smallmouth bass and walleye.  The fish were really on and a large number of 2lb. bass that ate off the top, chased lures, and really bent rods.  Great day!  Working a little harder for the trout.  The fish were eating small stuff yesterday.  A tan foam bodied #18 caddis with a /#20 spotlight emerger got a few fish to the surface along with  a #14 adams parachute. Saw sporadic bugs hatching like a #20 Baetis, a few #10 adult stone flies laying eggs, and the ever present #18-#20 micro caddis.  On the kids front, we pounded the big yellow belly perch yesterday.  Lots of action which is critical when taking young anglers out.  Good old garden hackle under floats and worked off the bottom.  Fun for me to step back and do a simple trip with little kids. Well, I am off to float again.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, August 14, 2017

All over the place

Hi Folks, Been a hectic month so far of guiding.  Out everyday and a lot of two of days.  Constantly fishing in different spots and with different tackle.  You cant fish the same beat of river over and over again and expect to catch fish consistently.  Been fairly warm and sunny with a big bunch of thunder boomer Saturday night.  River levels are up again but just fine for fishing.  Temperatures are a bit warm as the Lamoille was 63 Saturday morning and the Winooski was 67 degrees this morning.  I have not seen a ton of hatching bugs.  A few #10 golden stone fly shucks on rocks, a few #18-#20 micro caddis, a few #22-#24 trico spinners, and I did see my first #12 Isonychia's hatch as well as shucks on rocks.  We have been working for trout in the big water, but that is to be expected as it is August.  Nypming with #10 double tungsten Stone fly nymph and a #18 green bodied soft hackle has been productive.  In addition, the #14 tungsten red threaded prince nymph has been effective.  We have had some nice large trout rise to a #10 orange stimulator only to miss them.  Typically you only get one crack at these  fish. I have to say we have hooked a higher percentage of wild trout in the Winooski versus the Lamoille.  On the lake front, things have been slow.  I have found the bass fishing to be tough.  We have really worked hard to get a few takes working rubber slowly on the bottom. Not a great top water bite.  lake surface temperatures were 74 to 76 degrees.  A bit warm and sunny.  The best bite has been at dusk.  Well, I am off to float for smallmouth.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, August 11, 2017

Getting our bass on

Hi Folks, Been guiding with the spin gear the last couple of days for bass.  Mixing it up between river fishing and the still water with my boat.  In between I did venture onto the Lamoille early one morning with guest to chase trout with the fly.  Water temperatures are slowly rising but still remain somewhat cool for August.  I was telling a friend the other day how this fishing season has bee so good in that I use all of my water.  He was like huh??? Well, July and August our my busiest months of guiding.  I will do between 60 to 75 trips in the 2 month span.  That require a lot of water for fishing as you do not want to fish in the same place and spot time and time again.  With the cool water temperatures and higher than average levels I have been able use my entire arsenal of water. Most times in July and August the water warms up significantly and many of the big water trout spots become unfishable due to water temperatures in excess of 70 degrees.   The upper Lamoille was 62 degrees Wednesday morning and 72 degrees in the late afternoon.  The surface temperature of the lake we fished yesterday was 71 degrees.  For bugs, I have been seeing #22-#24 Tricos every morning, #10 Epherons at dusk, and some #18-#20 micro caddis in the morning.  Found smallmouths slurping Epherons the other night.  The river bass fishing has been out of sight good.  Dead drifting 3" and 4" baby bass colored Senkos has been very productive.  Bigger 5" Senkos in watermelon red magic have tempted the largemouth bass in the lake we fished yesterday.  A lot of subtle takes from big fish.  I cant emphasize enough how important line control is in this style of fishing.  No different that having good line control with the fly rod when drifting a fly.  When the fish takes it is tricky to get the hook set with too much slack line.  Not to mention just the ability to detect the take. Well, the fishing has been good.  I am off to watch clients tug on some bass. Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

becoming an accurate fly caster

Hi Folks, Been working the smaller streams the last few days with young aspiring fly anglers.  I love seeing young adults who are truly interested in fly fishing and becoming better anglers.  Hungry for a wealth of information that takes a lifetime to acquire.  I love fly fishing and it is really the only way I want to fish myself.  So, the water temperatures and levels have been excellent.  The levels are slightly above the seasonal average flow and temperatures are definitely below average for August. Temperatures have been between 55 degrees and 58 degrees.  Small stream fishing for trout is typically a confined setting.  The holding water can be tight spots due to large rocks and boulders and wood.  Narrow windows that the fly needs to be landed in.  It is not about making long casts, but accurate casts.  Using a set amount of fly and not shooting it on the forward cast.  Moving with your feet to get in place to make a good cast and proper presentation.  Fly fishing small water will make anyone a more accurate caster due to the nature of the beast.  The small stream fishing has been pretty good the last few days.  All of the trout have come to a dry fly.  A #10 foam royal rubber legged trude, #14 royal wulff, and a #14 orange/green stimulator.  Lots of pretty native brookies and almond colored wild brown trout.  #22-#24 Tricos and #10 Epherons are on in the big rivers. I am off to fly fish the Lamoille with guests,  Remember to clean your geat and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, August 7, 2017

wacky weather weekend

Hi Folks, Crazy weather weekend with a big front moving into town.  Feels like Fall out there.  Created some thunder and lightening issues as well as dirty water on Saturday afternoon.  Oh well, I was able to guide on Sunday in a local river and the fishing was pretty good.  We spin fished and caught a mixed bag of tricks.  The water was still slightly off colored and the level was up just a bit.  Saw a good number of #22 Trico spinners with stocked trout rising to eat them.  Water temperature was 65 degrees.  We landed 7 smallmouth bass, 4 stocked rainbows, and 2 really big Fall Fish.  We did all of our damage with 3" craw fish colored and Baby Bass Senkos dead drifted on red hooks.  The bites were subtle and we worked for our fish.  I think the cold front might have had a part in that.  Still, pretty nice fishing weather coming up for the week with the cool air temperatures in town.  Off to chase trout this morning.  Remmeber to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, August 4, 2017

wow, that was really good

Hi Folks, I had one of those magical guide trips yesterday where the stars just lined up.  We floated the lower Lamoille for smallouth bass in my drift boat.  Water temperatures were 74 degrees and the level was slightly below the seasonal average flow.  We caught well over 40 fish.  Lost track after awhile.  The surface bite was short lived.  We landed half a dozen smallmouth on the surface but it slowed once the sun hot the water.  The good old rubber legged frog popper. We did have an incoming front and thunderstorms did arrive after we had pulled the boat out of the water.  We then cast a tandem streamer rig on a floating line for the rest of the day.  The lead fly was a #6 dumbbell bunny bugger with rubber legs with an unweighted white streamer behind.  We mixed up the dropper streamers and the most productive seemed to be a #8 pink bodied zonker with a white wing.  The fish ate both patterns pretty evenly.  Amazingly, wehad three occasions where we had two fish on at once. That does not happen everyday.  You would see a fish take one of the patterns and then the movement of the fight must of given the other fly some attractive action and another smallmouth would take it.  Just incredible!! We even caught a walleye on a fly yesterday.  It was text book river fishing for smallmouth.  The fish were holding on big rocks in the river. On the upstream and down stream side.  You would see them emerge to eat the fly every time.  My guest really enjoyed the perspective you get from standing in the drift boat we presenting the fly.  You can really see what is going on.  Big back eddies were also extremely fruitful.  Well, it appears that it is bass time until the water cools back down.  Trout fishing will now be best in the small streams.  Lots of terrestrials out there and I did see a bunch of tiny #20-#22 Trico spinners yesterday morning dancing over a riffle.  I am bass fishing in a canoe this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

every day is different

Hi Folks, The interesting thing about fishing is that is never the same day in and day out. I have been guiding everyday and mixing up the trips by fishing in different locations, to species, to methods, to tactics.  July was incredibly good.  An anomaly really.  In my 22 years of guiding I have never seen the trout fishing in the big water so good.  Lots of water and cool temperatures.  The trout in our rivers have been in really good shape.  Big, fat, and happy unlike a lot years where they look big headed, emaciated, and skinny. Almost next to nothing for fishing pressure.  No foot prints in sand bars and not many fish that have been previously hooked.  I have over the last 3 days floated, motorboated, and waded.  All very different with very different results.  The floating of the Lamoille on Sunday was fantastic. Water temp. was 61 degrees and the level was dropping. We caught stocked and wild rainbows between 10" and 14" on dry flies, nymphs, and streamers.  The fishing on the surface was decent until the morning fog burned off.  There were trout selectively rising to #18 tan bodied caddis.  We presented a #18 Goddard caddis with a #18 yellow hackle.  Our nymph rig was a #10 stone fly nymph with a #18 tan bodied caddis pupa dropper.  The streamer rig which caught the most fish was a tandem #10 black wooly bugger with a #10 blacknose dace cast on a 200 grain sinking tip that was cast into deep primary pools.  Incredible how productive for July.  Then Monday just when you think you got it figured out, the fish get lock jaw.  Visited a NE kingdom clear lake for bass.  Water was 71 degrees on the surface with a slight east wind.  We got two nice fish to eat a #8 frog popper, but the rest our action was with small juvenille smallmouth.  I had two anglers and I guy cast a fly the other a spin rod.  We could not even get the fish to eat any finesse baits. Lots of pick ups and drops. It appeared that the big fish were not interested and the small fish were only somewhat interested.  Challenging morning, though the sun was up early and high and the wind was wacky so who knows.  Today, the river fishing for bass was electric.  We caught near 25 smallmouth bass and IO am not sure how many we missed or lost. Even landed 3 stocked rainbows on the spin rods.  I did have 1 lone fly angler in the group who caught several  bass and missed a couple of trout with a #10 green bodied stimulator.  Interesting with the water temperature 67 degrees, you had trout and bass mixed in together.  The trout were holding in the rifles while the bass were in the slow deep pools that had lots of rock cover.  Big eddies were productive as well.  A 3" baby bass and 3" crawfish colored Senko dead drifted were extremely consistent.  Pretty subtle takes.  Loads of fun. Off to lake fish for bass in the morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Sunday, July 30, 2017

cold front

Hi Folks, Having a lot of fuh drifting my boat on the Lamoille the last few days.  Been mixing it up with smallmouth bass and trout.  A cold front has pushed into town dropping over night air temperatures into the high 40's.  Good for the trout water.  Bass fished yesterday and the fish were not as aggressive as a couple of days ago.  Totally different weather pattern.  Slow down the approach when cold fronts move in. Hot and humid always seems best for surface action.  We caught 7 smallies and missed another half a dozen.  All of our action was below the surface.  The water temperature was 70 degrees with a steady north/northwest wind.  Water levels are settleing down and are currently just above the seasonla average flow. for bugs, lots of #18-#20 micro caddis and now terrestrials.  I am off to run the drift boat this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, July 28, 2017

Floating down a river

Hi folks, Finally putting the drift boat to work the last few days.  Rivers levels and temperatures are good presently and the fishing even better.  Been on the Lamoille the last three days with the boat.  The upper river has maintained temerpature.  Cool  nights really help.  Water temperatures have been 60 to 62 degrees in the early am.  Still lots of #18-#20 micro caddis hatching and fish rising.  The rising activity has been better prior to the sun hitting the water.  A swung #18 yellow soft hackle in riffles has been consistent.  Lots of young rainbows and even browns hammering the swung fly.  Makes sense since caddis come off in an explosive fashion after drifting a great distance in the surface film as a pupa trapped in a gas bubble.  The trout look great and really healthy.  July has been a freak month for being cool and wet. Perfect! The fishing yesterday on the lower Lamoille was really good!  Lots of big smallmouth hammering poppers.  Water temperature was 71 degrees,  The fish were coming out of the water and back down on the fly.  The fish would miss the fly and on the next cast eat it.  Really strong fighting fish that looked pretty well fed.  We did in the fray catch a nice trophy brown's put in by the state.  In addition, in a crazy spot had a wild brown trout eat a bass popper.  Would not have believed it if I had not seen it myself.  Really did not change fly patterns for most of the day.  For sub surface patterns a #8 white wooly bugger with a black bead head and #6 dumbbell eye olive bunny bugger picked up the fish that did not want to rise to eat.  Big eddies seemed to hold the most fish, but I think there are smallmouth all through the river.  Well, more river fishing tomorrow.  Looks continued nice weather.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Micro caddis

Hi Folks, Been two really good days of trout fishing.  No one on the water and no sign of any anglers.  Waded a Lamoille tributary on Tuesday afternoon and floated the main stem yesterday morning,  Water temperatures have been great.  Nice and cool as the small stream the other day was 55 degrees and the Lamoille was 61 degrees yesterday morning.  Lots of micro caddis hatching and laying eggs the last few days.  When I use the term micro caddis I am referring to the small caddis flies between #18-#20 that hatch on our streams every late summer.  Their numbers are prolific and the fish really respond to them.  Mostly light colored wings and tan bodied.  Had numerous trout rising to the small bugs yesterday morning.  We had them eat a #18 Goddard caddis with a #18 yellow soft hackle dropper.  The takes were equal on both fly patterns.  Caught a dozen stocked and wild rainbows pretty easily.  Most of the rising fish were on slow seam lines off big riffles. Been nymphing a bit with a #10 black tungsten stone fly pattern and a #18 tan caddis pupa dropper.  The stone fly pattern worked really well on brown trout in the small stream. In addition, a sink tip cast with a #8 black wooly bugger and with a #10 muddler dropper was productive in some of the slower deep pools.  The fish seemed to like the movement of the streamers and particulaily when stripped aggressively back to the boat.  Well, good conditions presently. I am off to drift for smallmouth.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home. Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

wet weather, fish live in the wet water, no worries

Hi Folks, Yesterday guiding was one of those days that tests an anglers mettle.  I guided two river trips and it rained the entire time.  A nice steady rain that puffed up the rivers a bit, but did not blow them out completely.  I watched the water slowly rise throughout the day and become slightly off colored.  Feels like fall out there.  Air temperatures have not risen above 60 degrees in a couple of days.  Great for keeping water temps. nice and cool.  Water was 64 degrees yesterday morning and was the same at 4pm.  Both trips were spin fishing for bass.  We did catch one nice stocked rainbow in the morning on a fire tiger rapala.  Had a few bass attack a surface plug.  The good old floating rapala in brown trout pattern.  Most of our action was on a 3" baby bass Senko that was dead drifted and then twitched on the retrieve.  In the afternoon, the smallmouth became a bit more fussy eating the rubber.  I think it was due to the cooling temps., rising water, and east wind.  Lots of pick ups of the Senkos but when we would set the hook they fish would stay on for a second or two and then drop it.  They were carrying the rubber in their mouth but not attempting to flip and swallow it.  Had to be really patient prior to striking the fish.  I tip my hat to my guests yesterday who never complained about the weather and were very happy to be fishing.  Rough weather in fishing builds character.  Plus I have good waders and rain coats for guests.  Will be floating the boat the next couple of days.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, July 24, 2017

big water, small water

Hi Folks, I had a fun weekend guiding in very different environments.  Spent some time in the smaller trout water with nice cool temperatures and then some time on the big warm water chasing smallmouth bass.  The contrast between the two is extreme.  The small brooks I visited were between 59 and 62 degrees.  The big water was 75 degrees.  River flows are just above the seasonal average flow.  Lots of #8-#10 stone fly shucks on rocks.  We cast a #12 foam yellow sally dry fly in the brooks as well as #14 chartreuse bodied stimulator.  Both flies worked effectively catching wild rainbows and native brook trout.  Tight casting and the ability to roll cast and place the fly accurately is and was very important.  The bass fishing is so different as you can really open up the cast and not worry about trees and bushes and being as accurate. Double hauling is helpful for distance and casting big wind resistant bass bugs in the big water.  A #8 yellow bodied grog popper was really effective.  Love watching smallmouth explode on a surface fly.  I am off to chase bass this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, July 22, 2017

when you take a trout angler bass fishing

Hi folks, Been awful warm for the last few days and with it the water temperature has come up.  Actually feels like summer out there.  River levels have settled out nicely and are slightly above the seasonal average flow.  The lower Lamoille was 73 degrees Thursday and even warmer yesterday.  Perfect weather for chasing smallouth bass.  I have been seeing a few #10-#12 Golden Drakes hatching and egg laying.  The large may fly has even drawn interest from a few river smallmouth.  Lots and lots of #8-#10 stone fly shucks on rocks.  Our tactics have been to work #8 yellow bellied popper with rubber legs aggressively in big back eddies.  Dead drifting a #6 clauser style olive bunny fur and marabou streamer with rubber legs covered our bases for below the surface presentations.  The fish have been stacked up in these eddies and if you got one strike in a spot you were probably going to receive another.  It is fun to take a trout angler bassin.  Most do not realize how strong smallmouth are and how hard they fight.  The trick is getting the angler to really set the hook and put pressure on the fish,  We were using a 16lb. tippet so you could really strike a fish and put a bend in the rod when fighting them.  I am off to small stream it this morning and chase bass in the afternoon,  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Smallmouth time!

Hi Folks, Been a solid smallmouth bite the last couple of days on my trips.  River fished and then boat fished yesterday morning.  Lost another afternoon trip on Monday due to heavy rain and thunderstorms.  Our rivers are up again and the best bet would be the small streams currently.  In addition, water temperatures are on the rise so the big rivers are now becoming to warm to trout fish.  We finally have some hot humid weather for July.  Im okay with it as it really turn on the smallmouth bite.  They are a warm water species and truly show their colors when the water reaches 70 to 75 degrees. July this season has been odd from a weather standpoint.  The trout fishing remained really good because water temperatures were suppressed with all of the cool damp weather.  So, now that things appear to be returning to normal, the bass bite has really improved.  Good top water action the last few days.  I had a father and son who were keen on learning to fish.  We fished the good old floating perch rapala and a series of poppers.  Nothing better than watching a good sized smallmouth crush a surface presentation.  We also fine tuned fishing rubber along the bottom.  Good to have an up and down offering for the smallmouth as you need to be adaptable as are the bass.  It appeared that a surface lure with an orange bottom was the most appealing.  5" Senkos in baby Bass and Watermelon Red Magic were extremely effective.  In the river, the fish were holding in slower deep pools.  They appeared to be tight to cover such as downed wood and large boulders.  In the lake, the larger fish were in 15' of water off the first drop from shoreline.  Once again, a hard bottomed area.  Well, until things cool down, I will be small stream trout fishing and chasing smallmouth.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, July 17, 2017

wild Winooski, wow

Hi Folks, Heck of a day of fly fishing on the Winooski yesterday morning. Nothing better than watching folks who are new to fly fishing start to pick it up and catch fish.  The water temperature was 61 degrees at 7 am and the levels are still up but dropping.  It is like May conditions currently.  There were a few #18 caddis hatching but lots and lots of bugs on rocks in riffles. #16-#20 tan bodied and dark green bodied bugs in pupa stage on the rocks.  We caught all of our fish on a #16 olive hare and copper, #18 olive wire caddis pupa, and a #10 black double tungsten stone fly nymph,  Lots of #8-#10 stone fly shucks on rocks.  We landed 11 nice wild rainbows with the largest trout measure in at 16".  Strong fighting fish.  I could not be more tickled with the trout fishing for July.  Nice to see the river fishing so good come mid summer and water temperatures remaining in cool. We focused on heavy water. Tight line nymphing.  The fish look really healthy and are certainly benefiting from the favorable conditions.  Looks to get hot the rest of the week and the big water fishing might slow.  I am off to river bass today.  Remember to have fun and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Sunday, July 16, 2017

tricky but consistent

Hi Folks, Been a busy few days on the water.  Mixing it up between spin and fly fishing trips.  The water is still big, but clear.  Temperatures have remained in the low sixties in the Winooski and Lamoille, but will begin to rise this week as we have summer weather upon us. Friday on the Winooski there was a fabulous hatch of #18 micro caddis.  Trout were rising and we were able to get them to eat #16/#18 olive wire caddis pupa swung, a #18 green bodied soft hackle, and a #16 x-caddis.  Landed  1 really nice wild rainbow that peeled off line and did not want to give up.  In addition we caught several smaller wild bows and a couple of native brook trout.  #8-#10 Stone fly shucks all over the rocks.  Friday evening the Lamoille fished pretty well in high water conditions.  There were a number of hatching #10 Golden Drakes (pothamanthus) and some egg laying caddis.  A few sporadic rising fish.  We got them to eat a #8 black wooly bugger and a #10 White Wulff.  All of the takes on the bugger came at the end of the drift as the fly swung to the seam and was given a couple of slight twitches or strips.  The fish are spread out pretty well with the high water conditions.  Yesterday I spent the day with a fun group of spin anglers.  We covered some water.  Pretty over cast conditions for the most part the water temperature was 62 degrees.  We mostly fished 3" to 4" Senkos and tried to develop a patterns.  We got lots of interest from fish but not as many hook ups for the amount of takes received.  It appeared the fish were bit off.  They would pick up the rubber but never attempt to shallow it.  We even had trout eating the rubber.  We fought fish that were never hooked but hanging onto the rubber.  Interestingly, the fish seemed to be more aggressive on eating the Senkos when the sun came out, go figure? We did have some fun sight fishing a few fish and had a huge rainbow in our sights. The trout was swinging wildly but we could not get it to eat. I suspect a well presented fly would have worked.  The strangest incident of the day was the trout that ate a Tiny Torpedo prop bait.  We did have a bit of surface action early.  Still we landed over 15 fish, but worked hard for them.  I am off to the Winooski.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, July 13, 2017

What's next????

Hi Folks, The beat goes on with the guiding.  Had a lot of fun yesterday with two trips.  River fished with a family in the morning and boat fished the afternoon with a father and son tandem.  We spin fished and fly fished yesterday.  Caught a variety of species yesterday and you were not sure what was going to eat the lure or fly next.  Two different weather patterns yesterday.  Hot and muggy in the morning with no wind and sun and clouds.  The afternoon you could feel the weather front move in and the air temps. cool off and we battled a bit of a north/northeast wind.  I have noticed lately that there is very little fishing pressure on the water currently.  Just not seeing any signs of anglers.   River temperature yesterday morning was 65 degrees and the surface temperature of the lake I was on was 71 to 72 degrees.  The lake I guided the previous  day for smallmouths was 74 to 77 degrees.  On the river fishing front, dead drifting 3.5" watermelon black/red magic Senkos and 3" crawfish colored Senkos hooked smallmouth bass, stocked rainbow trout, and lots of fall fish.  The trick with the Senkos is detecting the strike and having good line control.  The fish really do try to eat the Senkos so it does give the angler plenty of time to set up the hook set.  The hook set really needs to be a big sweep.  In the afternoon we cast poppers with a 7wt. and 8wt. outifts and spin fished with a floating perch rapala.  We caught a number of large pickerel who were more than willing to eat off the surface.  We caught off downed trees and the edges of deep weed beds.  Fun in clear water watching a a long green shape materialize to the surface to eat.  We did catch a few smallmouth and 1 largemouth, but no real big boys.  We made lots of cast to get the fish to eat off the top.  I think the weather front moving in impacted the bass fishing.  Another damp cool wet day.  Perfect fishing weather and I will be taking advantage of it.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Still wacky weather in the fishing world

Hi Folks, Another wacky weather weekend of fishing. Rain, thunderstorms, and changing weather fronts.  Still we managed to catch a few fish along the way on my guide trips.  River levels and lake levels are still up and our larger rivers have begun to settle out, but are still twice their average flow and slightly off colored.  Water temperatures are beginning to creep up into the mid sixties.  Lake levels are up as well with not nearly the issue of water clarity.  Bass fishing out of my boat Saturday was steady action with the fly.  We caught lots of fish, just not any large bass.  We aggressively worked a #6 foam crease fly in blue and white.  Largemouth bass in the 1 to 2 year old class were all over it.  I think the larger fish might have been stuffed as it was a full moon the previous night and they might have fed very actively during night time hours.  We worked large established weed bed edges on the deep side.  Set the boat up in 20' of water and casting into to 10' to 12'.  We did land 1 small pike as well on a #1/0 white Deceiver worked quickly just under the surface.  On the trout front I had spin guests the last couple of days and we have been working over the stocked rainbows and smallmouth bass.  With the high water, we have been finding lots of fish holding in big eddies and soft deep seams.  Dead drifting soft baits has been the ticket.  We did have some success with floating rapalas drifted in the current and then worked quickly off seam lines.  Had bass and trout respond to the hard baits.  Well, nice muggy weather today, should be good for my boat trip for bass.  We need a a drying out period.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy