Tuesday, August 19, 2014

thick as pea soup

Hi Folks, After a day and half off from guiding back at this morning chasing smallmouth bass from the boat. Nice to regenerate my batteries and take a break.  Been a really busy summer.  Pretty chilly out on the water this morning with air temperatures in the high forties and the surface water temperature was 69 degrees.  The water temperature has cooled off 5 degrees from over the weekend.  Dead calm on the water with heavy fog.  Pretty interesting navigating in the fog as lights on and the use of electronics were certainly helpful.  Fished top water this morning for awhile.  The fish were on a blue/white popper.  We located active smallmouth on a 15' deep flat that has sporadic boulders on it.  As the top water bite slowed we jig fished in 20' to 30' of water.  A 1/4oz shaky jig tipped with a Yamamoto spider jig in watermelon black magic was the ticket.  Pretty subtle bite and line control was important to pick up the strikes.  On the trout end our rivers have cooled off the fishing is good.  Time to take advantage of fall like conditions.  Fishing will still be best early and late as you want low light.  Nice time of year to find rising trout as we have #22/#24 tricos still hatching in the morning, #18/#20 micro caddis hatching in the morning, #12/#14 Isonychia hatching throughout the day, a few #8/#10 remnant stone flies emerging still, and lots of terrestrials.  Keep an eye for #14/#22 flying ants as they can pop up at anytime presently.  Nice fishing weather.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, August 16, 2014

cool down equals good fishing

Hi Folks, Been guiding like crazy with a full day boat trip yesterday for smallmouth bass and river fly fishing for trout this morning.  After the big rain on Wednesday, everything has cooled with water temperatures dropping by several degrees.  On the lake yesterday the surface temperature was 71 degrees and the main stem of the Lamoille this morning was 61 degrees.  We cast poppers with the fly rod yesterday until mid morning when the wind picked up out of the west.  Pretty good top water bite.  We located all of our smallmouth off steep drop offs from rock walls and faces.  Being patient when the fly landed was the trick.  Generally, most of our takes were within a couple of feet as to where the fly landed.  It is important to eliminate the slack when the fly lands and be patient prior to moving it.  The bass will come from a long ways away to eat the surface presentation.  Just have to be patient to let the fish find the fly.  Once the top water bite slowed, we resorted to spin fishing with 3.5" crawfish tube jigs on 1/4 oz. jig heads.  We fished in 15' to 30' of water.  The larger fish were located in the deeper water.  I lost track of the number of fish we caught, but the action was pretty steady.  This morning the Lamoille fished pretty well.  The water level has just dropped and the clarity was good.  Rising fish today eating #18 micro caddis and some #12 Isonychia duns.  Always fun when there is a hatch and rising fish.  We caught wild trout on #14 hare's ear parachute.  The best fish of the day was a nice fighting 14" wild rainbow.  good looking fish.  We hooked all of our fish in riffles as the rising fish in the pools were a bit more challenging to get to eat.  Off to chase trout again this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, August 15, 2014

Pecking away at them

Hi Folks, Spent yesterday afternoon in the boat with guests chasing smallmouth bass.  Little bit of a cool down after the rain and it felt like autumn on the water.  Water temperature had dropped a few degrees from  earlier in the week as the surface temp. was 72 degrees.  The weather must of scared off people as we pretty much had the water to ourselves.  Not much wind to speak of and nice flat conditions for popping at dusk.  We bounced around the lake focusing on drop offs.  We managed to pick off 11 smallmouth with 5" Senkos in craw fish and watermelon red magic.  The larger fish were once again holding in deeper water.  We had to exhibit extreme patience on the hooks set as the fish were holding the Senkos in their mouth for a long time without trying to swallow them.  We took the rubber away from a lot of fish.  A lot of tail grabbing by the bass.  Probably due to the weather front and the fish being somewhat non-aggressive.  Well, about to go do it all over again except we are going to try to get the smallies to eat some fur and feathers today.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Before the rain

Hi Folks, Guided river bass yesterday morning before the big rain set in.  It appears that we were spared the 1" to 2" of rain that was forecast.  We did receive about 1/2" and 3/4" of rain that has puffed up our rivers.  As well the air temperatures have dropped which will bring river temperatures down.  In a day or so when the big rivers settle down the trout fishing should be very good.  Yesterday morning the river we fished was 69 degrees and the water was really low.  A humid morning with heavy air and periodic rain.  We got a little damp.  A really good day of bass fishing. We caught fish on a fire tiger popper and 3" green senko.  Caught a bass on the first and last cast of the day.  We landed well over a dozen and half smallmouth and missed a few.  The fish were on as I believe that when the barometric pressure is dropping the fishing in rivers is really good.  I think the fish sense that a change in their environment is about to happen and they go into binge mode.  Needless to say we had the place ourselves fishing yesterday as that seems to be the trend when venturing into our local rivers.  Chasing smallmouth bass today from the boat.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have fun, Willy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

smallmouth bass, brook trout, and bears oh my

Hi Folks, Had a busy day yesterday guiding smallmouth bass in the morning and small stream trout in the afternoon.  Chased bass on the lower Lamoille where the water temperature was 74 degrees.  Water levels are really low presently.  That should change after today with the expected 1" to 2" of rain heading our way.  The top water bite was excellent as we got bass to eat a fire tiger popper.  Caught a fish on the first cast of the day.  The top water bite slowed pretty quickly and we resorted to dead drifting 3.5" swim Senkos in red water melon magic.  The fish were on it immediately.  We made one adjustment by using a slightly larger warm hook versus an octopus hook and we started landing the fish we were losing.  Good solid hard pulling smallmouth.  We located all our fish in large primary pools.  In the afternoon on the small stream we walked the water temperature was 61 degrees.  We caught lots of brook trout on a #14 orange stimulator.  Due to the low water levels the fish were stacked up in bigger pools.  We had a close encounter with a mother bear and two cubs.  She walked right up on us.  We backed off and watched her for several minutes as her cubs had scampered up trees.  Pretty cool.  Good day on the water with good anglers who took advantage of fine fine fishing.  Off to chase bass before the rain sets in.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

quality versus quantity

Hi Folks, Mixed it up with the guiding yesterday chasing bass with spin gear from the boat in the morning and then small stream fly fishing with a client in the afternoon.  Pretty darn warm day.  Surface temperature on the lake we fished was 74 degrees and there was a very heavy fog that did not lift until around 7:30am.  We caught lots of 2 to 3 year old bass and a couple of fish in the 1.5lb to 2lb. class.  Really good top water fishing.  We focused on rock faces that dropped into deep water.  Most of the takes were right off the get go when the popper landed on the water.  Important to get the slack eliminated or else too much slack line made the hook set tricky.  Once the sun was up we resorted to fishing 5" Senkos in baby bass hooked lots of small fish.  A good morning of fishing with lots of action.  Afternoon trout fishing was tricky with warming water temperatures and low levels.  We spooked several nice fish.  Water temperature was 61  to 62 degrees. We worked up stream with #12 orange stimulator and a #14 lime green stimulator.  We had a total of 4 trout come to the dry fly and caught two small brook trout.  I always like to carry a nymph rod and we had a 17" wild male brown trout eat a #14 double tungsten black stone fly.  Really nice fish with beautiful markings.  Good fun a 6'6" 3wt.  So, would you rather catch lots of smaller fish with good action or catch 1 really nice fish and have not a lot of action?  Off to chase river bass. Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, August 11, 2014

Gaining momentum and building a rhythm

Hi Folks, Guided out of my boat yesterday for smallmouth bass on very busy body of water.  Passed my annual state inspection for the boat.  Surface temperature was between 73 degrees and 74 degrees with very little wind.  Good morning fog made navigation tricky off the get go.  It took us a awhile to get it going yesterday morning as the bite was slow first thing.  We managed to catch a decent smallmouth with a popping bug and missed a few nice fish, but we could not prompt a bite below the surface.  We changed directions and worked tube jigs in deeper water and jig heads tipped with twister tail Senkos. The colors were olive green and crawfish.  We fished the jigs in 15' to 30' of water on sharp drop offs with a hard bottom.  We also changed the color of the shallow Senko from green to craw fish and that appeared to attract the attention of a lot more fish of the shore line related fish.  We ended up landed a dozen and a half smallmouth bass, but not monsters.  It just took us a while to get into a groove.  I am off to do it again this morning and then chasing small stream trout this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Sunday, August 10, 2014

family fun on the Lamoille

Hi Folks, Guided a group of spin anglers yesterday for trout fishing on the Lamoille.  The river was just about at its seasonal average flow and the water temperature at 7:00am was 67 degrees.  Nice morning fog kept the sun off the water for a bit until things really heated up.  We located most of the fish we caught in heavy riffles to pools. No shocker with the warming water temperatures.  First time trout anlgers so I showed them how I learned how to catch trout.  Small red hooks on light line attached to a 18" leader off a swivel and very small piece of weight.  A piece of garden hackle on the hook drifted over and over again and next thing you know we have landed over a dozen stocked rainbows with a couple ofnice wild fish in the mix.  Pretty easy fishing and with debarbed hooks an easy release of the trout.  We also cast some rapalas that imitated a yellow perch, brown trout, and the good old rebel crawfish.  Lots of crawfish scampering around the bottom of the stream.  Had my first true encounter with a northern pike in the Lamoille as it ate $15 worth of rapalas.  Pretty good sized.  Our best fish of the day was really nice 15" wild rainbows that ate a rapala in the same hole where we had found the nuissance pike.  Interesting that a nice trout like that was living is such close proximity to a toothy pike.  We did see several trout rising to eat #18/#20 tan bodied micro caddis.  Pretty consistent risers.  Good morning of fishing.  I am off to chase smallmouth bass from my boat this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, August 9, 2014

small stream action

Hi Folks, Been keeping out of trouble guiding small streams with the fly.  Water temperatures have cooled off with nice night time temperatures in the low fifties.  I have found water temperatures from 59 degrees to 62 degrees.  Spent the other morning river fishing for bass and the water temperature had dropped to 66 degrees.  Slowed down the bass bite as we were not able to get a surface take.  We resorted to nymphing with #8 black stone fly patterns and #10 golden stone pattern.  We caught a couple of smallmouth and one really large fall fish but we worked for them.  On the flip side, the trout fishing has been excellent.  I like dry fly fishing so the small brooks are a perfect fit.  Nutrient poor brooks mean not a lot food for the fish so they have to eat when presented with the opportunity.  #12/#14 Stimulators, Wulff patterns, Hoppers, and Caddis all work. Yesterday we had well over a dozen wild rainbows and native brook trout come to the fly.  A lot of fun in clear water watching the fish move from their holding areas to eat.  Due to the clarity of the water, the spook factor is in full effect.  You see the dark shape dart off when you spook a fish.  Up stream fishing is in order.  Off to chase trout this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, August 7, 2014

river bass, lake bass, and giant Hex hatch

Hi Folks, Guided smallmouth bass yesterday in the morning and the evening.  Fly fished and spin fished both morning and evening.  Been some good fog early in the morning which keeps the sun off the water longer.  Pretty windy afternoon with a steady gust from the west/northwest. The wind did lay down by dusk and the fishing really picked up.  The river temperature in the morning was 68 degrees and the lake temperature was 73 degrees.  The river conditions were less than ideal with off colored water and high flows.  All caused by thunderstorms from Tuesday night.   The spin anglers stole the morning while the fly anglers struggled a bit with getting fish to eat.  We caught smallmouth on a floating perch rapala and 3" baby bass Senkos on red #1 octopus hooks.  We were only able to get 1 fall fish to eat a popper on the fly.  Due to the conditions the smallmouth were holding outside of the current in the pools and on the slow seams.  In the afternoon, we picked off a few fish with a 5" watermelon black magic Senko and missed a few big fish on a popper.  Conditions were initially tough until the wind settled.  The smallmouth were holding in deeper water off rock ledges and points.  Around 8pm, we witnessed a massive hatch of #6 Hexagenia along with a good number of egg laying spinners.  The bass and large yellow perch were rising and coming out of the water all over the place.  We hammered them with a #8 yellow bottomed frog popper.  It was the light switch effect as all of sudden everyone was eating off the top.  Lots of nice 1.5lb to 2.5lb sized smallies that just fight like crazy.  Pretty intense hour of fishing and we quit because we could not see any longer.  Nice cool down should make for good trout fishing the next few days in the mornings.  Lots of grasshoppers around along with other terrestrials.  Start looking for#14-#22 flying ants and been a decent hatch of #22/#24 Tricos every morning for the last 10 days.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

brook trout fishing

Hi Folks, Guided fly anglers yesterday for some good old small stream fly fishing for brook trout. Water levels were low and we could use a couple days of sustained rain.  Pretty easy to find where the fish are holding as the rivers are pretty well defined at this level.  A little warm out there and the water in the brook we fished has crept into the mid sixties.  It was a little cooler in its head waters as temperature was 61 degrees.  Brook trout are greedy and very willing to eat dry flies.  The perfect set up for small stream fly fishing.  We cast #12 orange bodied Stimulators, #14 Royal Wulff, and a #14 Royal Trude.  We had well over a dozen brook trout come to the fly from 3" to 9".  All up stream fishing with good mending.  Really important to keep as much fly line off the water as possible and only drift the leader.  The bonus of the day was an extremely large brown trout that came out of a wood pile and ate the dry fly.  I think it shocked my client.  This brown was a brook trout eating fish.  Pretty impressive and I have it it marked for a future encounter.  Thunder showers in the evening pushed out the humid hot weather and looks to be a beauty today.  I am off to chase smallmouth all day.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

a little variety

Hi folks, Changed directions yesterday and did a family fishing trip.  Very refreshing for me and brings me back to the basics.  Calm, muggy conditions yesterday with partial sun.  Water temperature was 72 degrees.  We banked fished and got to enjoy a wide variety of species.  We caught tons of pumpkin seeds under a float.  We took off the floats and fished the bottom and really caught some fish. Large suckers, yellow perch, bullhead, and smallmouth bass.  Kids do not care what they catch, they just need to catch something.  Keeping it simple and fun is what is most important.  Pretty warm outside and did not really cool down last night. The Lamoille was brown yesterday afternoon and too warm to fish.  Trout fishing will be best in small brooks presently or go bass fishing.  I love muggy conditions for top water fishing for smallmouth.  The heavy air always seems to bring them to the surface.  Off to chase brook trout with the fly this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Girl power

Hi folks, Had a an enjoyable Saturday guiding a family of aspiring anglers.  Fishing is an equal opportunity activity and girls can fish with the best of them.  Water temperatures held in the low seventies and the water clarity was excellent.  We were able to spot several fish.  Levels are right around the seasonal average.  Saw some more #22/#24 Tricos hatching yesterday morning, but not fish responding to the dun or spinners.  No shocker as we were fishing in a smallmouth stream that has some stocked rainbows.  No self respecting bass in the 2lb. class is going to eat a tiny may fly.  We mixed up our tactics yesterday initially swinging garden hackle at the fish until my crew got down the basics.  Pretty easy as we pretty much hooked a fish on every other drift.  No hooks taken deeply as we struck the fish the moment we got a bite.  That is the trick to bait fishing is being proactive and not complacent and constantly drifting the presentation.  After that we moved to 3" baby bass Senkos on red octopus hooks and a yellow hula popper.  Really fun watching a bass in clear water move to eat a popper.  They invariably take it after the you pause from popping the lure.  The Senko fishing was consistent as usual and I swear the fish eat those rubber baits as aggressively as they do garden hackle.  Every fish was holding in a slow deep pool with downed wood.  The bigger fish are in eddies and on back side current seams. Taking the day off as it will be my first day not guiding in a month.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Big fish kind of morning

Hi folks, Spent a really nice morning with fly fishing guests on the lower Lamoille chasing river smallmouth bass.  You never know what you might encounter when fishing the big water.  Water temeprature was 68 degrees and the flow was above the seasonal average.  Cooling water temps. have slowed down the top water fishing.  We fished big pools and left the smaller water alone.  Lots of big rocks where we fished and the walking can be challenging.  We started out with popping bugs and drew one violent strike from a smallmouth bass and that was that for surface action.  We resorted to fishing #6 long shank cone headed olive bunny buggers with red thread, #8 chartreuse/white clauser minnow, and dead drifting #8 stone fly patterns with weight under an indicator.  We did not catch any small fish.  All solid and big strong river smallmouth bass as well as half a dozen very large fall fish.  The fish and surprise of the day was a solid 16" brown trout.  It ate a olive streamer and immediately jumped several feet out of the water.  Petty cool.  Olive was the color of the day.  Tons of crawfish in the shallow margins. I think the streamer when fished slowly imitated the craw daddy's movements in the water.  Good day for rod bending.  Off to river fish for bass this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, August 1, 2014

Getting them to eat

Hi Folks, Spent a nice day on a small Lamoille tributary fly fishing for trout with a client.  Water temperature was 59 degrees and the water level was perfect.  I have been seeing a few #22 Tricos hatching early the morning with late morning spinner falls.  Not really any fish responding.  Lots of #8/#12 stone fly shucks all over the rocks.  We fished a little 2wt. with an #14 orange stimulator and a short 4wt. with a #12 double tungsten stone fly under an indicator.  We had 17 trout come to the fly and we managed to land 5 fish yesterday before the thunder set in.  Several nice wild brown trout along with brookies.  Missed a couple of good rainbows. We fished a stream with heavy pocket water and line control and management was important for getting a good drift and striking the fish.  We covered a fair amount of water as I like to walk on small streams.  I am off to river fish for smallmouth this morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have fun, Willy

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Two very different results

Hi folks, Spent the day chasing smallmouth with clients yesterday as I guided a river trip in the morning and from the canoe in the afternoon.  Cool weather outside and it does feel a bit like fall.  Water temperature in the river in the morning was 68 degrees and in the lake in the afternoon was in the low seventies.  Water temperatures did drop several degrees and undoubtedly affects fish behavior.  We worked for bass in the morning only managing to land 5 small fish and lost another half dozen. The strikes were very subtle and line control was essential. The fish did not appear willing to move to far to eat.  A slowed down 3" Senko dragged on the bottom of slower pools was what eventually got the fish to eat.  In the afternoon was totally different deal as the smallmouth and big ones were on! A slight south wind affected where we could fish, but it laid down by dusk.  No top water bite to speak of last night.  We got the smallies to eat a 5" Watermelon Magic Senko.  We landed a dozen fish with 4 fish over 16" and weighing in between 2lbs. and 3lbs.  Strong bronze backs.  The fish were holding on rock and drops offs with downed wood.  It seemed that the larger fish would pick up the Senko and swim to the boat.  You had to reel down and really come tight to get them hooked. Nice evening on the water.  I am off to chase river trout today.  Should be good.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

same day, different bass

Hi Folks, Doubled up on the boat yesterday and chased smallmouth bass in the morning and largemouth bass in the afternoon.  Feels like fall outside.  The water temperature on both lakes I fished ranged from 71 degrees to 74 degrees. Water temperatures actually dropped by a couple of degrees with the arrival of the cooler weather.  Pretty steady northwest wind for most of the day and with partly sunny conditions.  The water clarity was slightly off from all of the rain from the previous two days.  My morning trip was a combination of fly fishing and spin fishing.  We cast poppers with both spin and fly rods.  Nothing large coming to the surface.  Steady action, but mostly 2 and 3 year old smallmouth.  The spin angler who was casting rubber worms produced the larger fish.  The larger bass were holding in deeper water and certainly needed to be finessed.  We located them in 15' to 18' of water off sharp drops offs with large rocks on the bottom.  Baby bass was the color for the morning for the rubber worms.  I think the cold front made the fish a bit neutral to non-aggressive and we had to slow down our approach.  In the afternoon I guided on a lake that is fairly shallow as has slow tapering shore lines with lots of weeds.  No smallmouth to speak of, but we did manage to catch a few largemouth bass including a solid 3lb fish.  We located all of the largemouth in skinny water of less than 4'.  The bass were tucked under lilly pads and we had to cast right to their edges.  Keeping the bail open while the rubber worm dropped was critical in order to hold the presentation right on the pads and prompt a response.  We got broken off by one pike and had another one follow a worm back to the bait and slash at it.  Certainly a day on the water that required patience.  Off to do it again today with river fishing for smallmouth this morning and cane fishing this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fishing in the Rain, fishing in the rain

Hi folks, Wet one on the water yesterday morning as I took out guests on my boat for some smallmouth bass fishing.  We got on the water early and were able to avoid the heavy until about 9:00am.  Calm conditions off the get go and no wind until later in the morning when it picked up from the east/northeast.  Surface temperature was 75 degrees.  Really good to water in the morning as we landed 4 quality smallmouth on a blue and white concave popper.  These fish were fat.  Disproportionate girth to their length and it appeared that they have been gorging on crawfish.  We located the smallies on a flat in 14' of water that had an abundance of downed wood and big boulders.  When the top water bite slowed we cast 5" watermelon magic Senkos at them and picked off another 6 smallmouth.  Certainly a day of mental endurance with the weather.  The rain is good for the long haul.  Could be a couple of days before our trout streams improve, but the cool weather that has moved in is certainly welcomed.  Off to chase bass all day.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Monday, July 28, 2014

dodging the weather

Hi folks, One of those days yesterday with rain and thunderstorms.  Trout fished with the fly rods in the morning on a small brook and had to cancel my afternoon trip due to the weather.  Not a big fan of standing in a stream with a graphite rod during an electrical storm.  Looks like the storms are moving out but not before it leaves behind some heavy rain.  Could receive up to an 1" of rain today which will shut our streams down for a few days.  The temperature on the brook we fished was 61 degrees and the level was at its seasonal average.  It was a morning for brook trout.  Had the square tails eating a #14 orange stimulator.  Spooked one large fish that I am sure was a brown trout.  We had to cut our trip short due to a nasty storm that moved in.  Off to chase smallmouth bass in the boat this morning and tonight.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Hi folks, Had a spectacular trip yesterday morning fly fishing on a small tributary of the Winooski river (not in the Stowe in area).  Water temperature was 60 degrees and the clarity was excellent.  The water level had just recently receded from big rain and storms on Wednesday.  Yesterday morning was one of the better dry fly fishing experiences I have seen for large fish in Vermont.  We landed 5 brown trout yesterday with 2 fish measuring in at 15" and 2 fish measuring at 17" and another small 12". All caught on 6' 2wt. rod.  We fished in primary pools in small water and we did not see any trout in any secondary water. Pretty impressive when you watch a large brown trout emerge out from under a rock and crush a dry fly.  The amazing thing was we did not lose any fish and let me tell you these trout fought hard.  We caught all of our fish on a #14 royal trude.  The clincher to the brown trout experience was the 20" to 24" brown we saw in pool that swam right up to my client's feet.   He came over to check us out after we had cast into the pool.  Absolutely incredible and hard to believe such a large fish in a tiny brook.  We could see the cherry dots and the eye ball of this large brown.  I have him marked for the future.  After the brown trout we settled in for some brookie fishing and landed 12 native brook trout.  I guess what makes this morning special is that it is not every day in Vermont that you catch in a river a legitimate 15" wild fish.  The fact that we landed 4 over 15" is special.  The average wild trout in Vermont goes 7" to 12".  Do not care about hatchery mutants and the trophy fish stocking.  That is for beginners and people who do not care about wild trout.  Looks like big rain coming in today so the river fishing might get shut down for a few days.  We need the rain and it will be good for the long haul. Off to chase small stream trout today.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  have fun, Willy