Thursday, April 16, 2015

Early season 2015

Hi Folks, Been awhile since I have blogged about fishing.  Been a long winter.  No ice fishing for the catfish this year as I was busy raising kids and skiing.  Still a lot of snow in the hills and cold temperatures at night.  Still sugaring here in Stowe though it is winding down.  My local lakes are still locked up in ice.  Rivers currently are ice laden and cold.  Though with the warming air temperatures snow melt is in full effect as can be seen in the Lamoille and Winooski with all of the run off.  Rivers are bit off colored, but more importantly their temeprature are not much above 34 degrees.  Tough catching trout in those water temperatures without literally bonking them in the head with your fly.  Up north not much happening with the spring rainbow run until things warm up a bit.  I am little concerned with the low water.  Water table was down going into winter and we never had a winter thaw.  Rivers will be low when the snow is done melting unless we get a bit spring rain.  I have cleaned many a fly line and reel as well as cleaning up the spin gear.  Boat is being worked on.  Will be chasing northern pike in the shallows with big flies once the ice breaks.  Slow start this year, but lots of good fishing heading our way.  Remember to clean your gear ad keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wrapping it up

Hi Folks, Been a busy last seven days guiding and I think my mind and body and know it.  Awesome season of fishing as I set records for numbers of trips and and revenue.  Can't do any of it without the support of my great guests!  Thanks to everyone.  So, as far as the fishing goes for the last couple of days, Sunday was a boat day and Monday we chased landlocked salmon.  Awful nice weather and foliage the last couple of days.  Not a formal boat launch for the Sunday trip so my truck gets a little bath while loading and unloading.  My clients love it.  Water temperature was 56 degrees on the surface.  Variable wind and plenty of sunshine.  We cast flies for bass and pike.  Focused our efforts on deep edge weed beds in 10' to 15' of water.  Large #1/0 yellow and red streamers drew the most interest.  I like how many salt water flies can be used in fresh water fly fishing.  We had 4 bass and 2 northerns eat the fly.  All of the fish came right out of deeper water to eat the flies.  The pike are incredibly fast when they strike.  Kind of startles you.  Lots of casting and being able to double haul is awful important in this style off fly fishing.  The lake fishing for warm water species should remain decent for the next few days as we are going to experience some summer like weather.  On the salmon front, finally some water in the river , but also lots of angling pressure.  Water temperature was 50 degrees early in the morning and the water clarity was decent.  The fishing was pretty slow as we caught 1 14" salmon and missed a few fish nymphing.  We swung streamers and dead drifted a double nymph rig in large primary pools.  A #6-#10 Mickey Finn would always be my first choice for streamer in the fall.  Our nymph rig consisted of various #12-#16 copper johns with #16 olive caddis pupa droppers.  The funniest part of the day was the 5lb to 6lb salmon we netted for an older gentlemen.  He was fishing in a slow section of the lower river from the bank dressed in tennis shoes.  We watched him with a fish on and asked him if he needed a hand.  I think he was more than happy to have a guys with waders on and a net land the fish for him.  Not sure how he would have landed it on his own.  Pretty interesting all of the guys on the river with fancy fly rods and waders not catching much and here is a guys in street clothes with an old Fenwick glass fly rod from the bank hang a real beauty of a fish.  Anywho, I am heading to Florida in a few days and will be chasing snook with the fly.  Looks like nice weather around here so get out and enjoy it.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, October 11, 2014

wood stoves, foliage,and fine fishing

Hi Folks, Been mixing up the guiding the last few days and really enjoy the fall weather.  The foliage still looks pretty decent with some pockets of peak leaves and other areas that are certainly gone by.  Been cold the last few nights with air temperatures in the 30's. Burned my first wood stoves off the year.  Trout fished with the fly rods yesterday on a Lamoille tributary. Water temperature was 51 degrees and the water level was slightly low.  Nothing for hatching insects and no rising fish.  We resorted to nymphing with a #14 tungsten red thread prince nymph and a #14  zug bug with a #18 olive dropper nymph.  We caught 3 wild rainbows that all got some air time.  We made lots of casts and drifts for those three trout.  All of the fish were holding in heavy pocket water and not in slow pools.  Surprised me a bit with the cooler water temperatures.  Today I ran the boat with spin anglers in pursuit of bass and pike.  Not much for wind and the surface temperature of the lake was 56 to 57 degrees.  We worked weed beds all day that abutted deeper water.  Casting into 5' to 8' with the boat set up in 15' to 20'.  Fire Tiger plugs worked very well on the bass as we predominately caught largemouth today.  One of the larger bass ate a red skirted spinner bait with double blades.  Did catch one northern on a spinner bait and had another fish chase to the boat.  We ended up landing 10 fish today.   Pretty nice way to spend a beautiful foliage day.  Will be in the boat again tomorrow.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, October 10, 2014

winding down

Hi folks, Guided with the fly rods yesterday afternoon on the Lamoille river.  A bit chilly out there as it really feels like fall now.  Air temperatures were in the low fifties and the water temperature was 51 degrees.  Water level is up as I suspect the town of Hardwick drained the lake above the dam in town as they do every fall. The wind was howling yesterday at a steady 15 to 20mph from the NW. The trout fishing was slow.  We got one fish to eat a #14 rubber legged Copper John nymph and had one other fish rise to a #20 BWO dry and deny us.  We found a few sporadic rising fish late in the afternoon, but not with any regularity.  As the water cools the fishing can become a bit more challenging.  Not a bad time of year to fish a sink tip line with streamers and hunt for a big fish.  Still afternoon fishing will provide some dry fly opportunities as trout will rise to eat BWO emergers and duns in slow pools.  To locate these fish you need to find stretches of river that have finger nail sized gravel on the bottom.  The habitat for the tiny may flies.  All of the rise forms are pretty subtle.  Guiding trout and pike for the next few days.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Big water and small and things in between

Hi folks, Guided with the fly rods up north yesterday for landlocked salmon and fished a small brown trout stream the day before.  The foliage is still looking good with things just past peak in some areas and just peaking in other spots.  In between guiding I attended the meeting in Waterbury the other night hosted by the Agency of Natural Resources to discuss the future of the Waterbury Reservoir. The meeting was very informative.  It appears that when it is all said and done we will finally get a minimum flow agreement of run of the river for the tail water below the Dam.  This will have a profound impact upon the fisheries in the lower Winooski.  Unfortunately, it will still take some time and it could be several years before much happens.  Back to fishing, water temperatures have dropped over the last few days into the low to mid fifties.  Lots of junk in the water from downed leaves.  Small stream has become tough with colder water temperatures.  Caught one small brown trout the other day and we did see any other fish. My guess is the browns are now in spawning mode and it is time to leave them alone.  The salmon fishing was okay.  The river is getting pounded by angling pressure.  We caught two salmon and 1 brown trout. We missed another 4 fish. We located every fish in a primary pool holding in the tail out in front of behind large rocks.  Our tactics were to swing unweighted #10 Mickey Finn streamer.  The fish came right up and wacked the fly.  The one snafu of the day was a larger fish broke us off on a take.  We were fishing a 2x tippet and I can only assume the leader was degraded from being snagged on the bottom and in trees.  It was a clean break and I should have been more diligent in checking it as I am the guide. Always learning, even after 20 years in the game.  Looks like decent fishing weather for the next few days.  I will be guiding trout over the next few days and looking for tiny #20/#22 BWOs hatching and big noses coming  up to eat them.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, October 6, 2014

Shuffling the deck

Hi folks, Guided on the Lamoille yesterday morning for trout with the fly rods.  Water temperature was 57 degrees. The water level was rising the entire time we were on the river.  Not the ideal scenario as there was a ton of junk drifting in the river from downed leaves to sticks and trash.  Water clarity was not bad.  Now, I am okay with the fishing being slow yesterday morning as we really needed the rain. We still need more rain.  The high water is important as far as moving fish around and especially providing some flow to allow brown trout and landlocked salmon to move for spawning purposes.  Not to mention many of the trout holding in riffles to pools have been fished over and the water had become stale.  Look at the rain as a refreshing of the river.  So, fishing will be best midday currently as the air temperatures have now cooled off and the nights will be chilly.  Look for trout rising subtly in slower water eating small #20-#22 BWO's.  Tough trout fishing as you have to be able to cast, but some of my favorite catching bigger fish on small flies. Will be guiding trout for most of the week through the weekend.  Remember to clean you gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Fly fishing in the rain, fly fishing in the rain.....

Hi Folks, Spent a nice damp, wet day on the Lamoille with clients fly fishing for trout. Finally some rain.My rain gauge in Stowe measured not quite a a 1/2" of rain.  Really needed it and we could use some more. Water temperature was 57 degrees. We nymph fished and swung streamers in the morning.  #10 rubber legged green leech patterns and #12 olive/black tungsten bead bugger got the trout's attention.  Around 2pm we started to see a nice hatch of #20 BWO's and a few #16 caddis with rising fish.  The trout were rising in long slow pools.  Pretty subtle rise forms.  The fish demanded good presentations and it required a long cast.  They were extremely finicky.  It is a dynamic where you do not cast any more than you have too and even when you make a bad cast let the fly drift through.  Tough dynamic for folks who are learning to fly cast but a great learning experience. A lot of good noses poking up to eat and trust me I will re-visit these fish as they should look up for the next couple of weeks. Even if you see trout rising does not mean you will always catch them. I love fishing to fussy rising trout.   Off to chase trout again today. Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home. Have Fun, Willy

Friday, October 3, 2014

Oh baby,baby

Hi Folks, Ran the boat yesterday afternoon chasing largemouth and smallmouth bass with the fly and spin tackle.  Spectacular on the water with a warm sun, beautiful leaves, and no wind.  Surface temperature of the water was 64  to 65 degrees.  Midday is the time to fish right now.  We never changed flies or lures yesterday.  The day started out a little slow as we picked up a 1.5lb smallmouth and about 2lb. largemouth for the first hour and half of the trip.  The smallest fish of the day.  For the duration of the trip we slammed some big bass.  The bass fishing has been excellent over the last several weeks and I have seen no one on the water except bird hunters.  We landed 9 bass with everyone of them weighing weighin in between 2 3/4lbs to almost 5lbs.  Both big largemouth and smallmouth.  Once again fire tiger was the color.  A large Rapala husky jerk worked great and a #6 fire tiger crease fly was deadly for surface action. Really good top water action.  The smallmouth were schooled up and we found fish concentrated off rocky areas that abutted deep water.  The largemouth were a bit more spread out and located along heavy weed beds.  We did miss a number of fish and one really big smallmouth that will haunt me for a bit.  Looks like the weather is about to change and I think yesterday might have been it for epic surface fishing.  I will be trout fishing for the next few days.  We really need rain and it looks like we might get some for the weekend.  I have never seenthe Lamoille so low.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home. Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Big group, bright leaves

Hi Folks, Guided a large group yesterday afternoon on the Lamoille with the fly rods. The leaves are full on peak and looking spectacular.  Still really dry out there and we desperately need some rain.  The Lamoille is about as low as I can remember seeing it. Water temperatures are still warm. The water temp. was 61 degrees and I was able to wet wade comfortably.  So, big groups are not my thing as I have never looked at river fishing for trout as group activity.  However, on a rare occasion when I can rally the troops (guides to help me) and I can pull off the group trip.  14 people stretched out over 2 miles of the Lamoille was pretty interesting.   Incredibly enough we had the entire river to ourselves.  The fishing was okay yesterday with some #16 caddis activity and a few #20 BWO's hatching.  A few junk feeding fish off th surface.We got 7"-12" wild rainbows to eat #16 elk hair caddis and a #20 BWO parachute.  The fish of the day was a very large brown trout that was lost on a black leech pattern with lots of weight swung into a heavy riffle.  Swinging flies has been pretty productive with caddis patterns lately.  Lots of takes at the end of the swing.   Never give up on the drift.  Looks like some rain for the weekend hopefully.  Will be in the boat tomorrow.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Sunday, September 28, 2014

almost peak

Hi Folks, Guided the Lamoille yesterday afternoon with fly anglers. It is summer outside with air temperatures in the mid 70's.  The water is really low and it feels like July not the end of September.  The foliage is spectacular right now and I would dare say very close to peak.  The amazing thing and it is not good was the water temperature was 66 degrees.  Should be at least 10 degrees cooler this time of the year.  No change in sight as it will reamain warm and sunny for a few days with no rain in the forecast.  We did find a pod of wild rainbows rising to caddis yesterday afternoon.  Even in the bright sun and with debris in the river from falling leaves the fish were looking up.  We cast a #16 elk hair caddis with a #16 olive caddis pupa dropper and a #18 peacock caddis with a #18 olive caddis pupa dropper and had trout eat both set ups.  We got takes dead drifting the double rig as well as swinging it.  Pretty interesting that we found actively feeding trout in two separate riffles, but in several other locations we could not buy a strike.  Such is life in trout fishing.  Do a rain dance, we really need it. Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, September 26, 2014

yes sir

Hi folks, Guided with the boat yesterday afternoon with spin gear for smallmouth and largemouth bass.  Helluva nice day outside for the end of September with air temperatures reaching 70 degrees.  The water temperature was 64 degrees and no wind to speak of.  The fishing was pretty darn good yesterday.  We cast the same lures all afternoon.  Fire tiger stick baits worked great and we caught a percentage of our fish off the surface.  A good day for larger fish and all of the bass looked stuffed from feeding.  The fish of the day was a almost 19" smallmouth bass.  We landed 9 bass with an equal mix of smallmouth and largemouth.  It seemed that the smallies were schooled up as we hit pods of them with steady action and then there would be a lull in the action and we would pick off a few largemouth.  I set the boat up in 20' of water and we cast to the channel edge in 5' of water off heavy weed beds.  The fish were coming up out of deeper water to eat in the shallows.  We still really need rain. Looks like summer type water for the next few days.  I will be guiding trout the next few days.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have fun, Willy

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fly fishing Maine

Hi folks, Just spent several days in Western Maine in the Rangely Lake Region fly fishing for landlocked salmon and brook trout. What a beautiful place.  It is the deep woods and there is not a lot going on in that neck of the country.  The foliage is a bit ahead of Vermont and the leaves were looking spectacular.  They need rain like we do and the lack of water certainly impacted the fishing.  We focused our efforts on the Kennebago river.  Pretty awesome fishing a place that is fly fishing only with wild and native fish and has been managed that way for over 50 years.  Vermont is way behind the times as we still refuse to have fly fishing only water and we allow lots off fish to be harvested.  Not to mention that we can fish over spawning fish in the fall and other states like Maine they close their waters down to protect their fisheries.  Many of the lakes in the Rangely area do not allow ice fishing either.  Pretty proactive management that benefits everyone.  A real fishing destination.  The fishing for us was a bit tough with the lack of water.  We managed to catch decent salmon everyday as well as brook trout, but the fishing was not fast and furious.  The technique in Maine is to swing flies and it works really well.  Also, nice fishing in tail waters were there are not water temperature concerns.  The lake fishing can be excellent for large brook trout, but the wind made it tough for us.  Anywho, great trip and wonderful place to visit.  I will return. I am back to guiding today and will be on the water for the next week straight.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have fun, Willy

fly fishing in Maine and Vermont

Hi Folks, Been away for several days fly fishing for Landlocked Salmon and large Brook trout in Western Maine in the Rangeley Lake Region.  Returned yesterday to guiding in Vermont on the Lamoille for trout.  Low water everywhere in New England currently.  We really could use some rain.  Beautiful country in Maine and really big dense woods.  Lots of fly fishing history with famous water.  Pretty refreshing to fish water that has been fly fishing only for wild and native fish for over 50 years. I am not aware of any water like that in Vermont. Had a great time catching some beautiful Salmon and Brookies in Maine. Yesterday, the Lamoille was really low and 57 degrees.  We fished in the middle of the day under sunny skies.  The fishing started out pretty slow as we were able to drew little interest nymph fishing.  Around 3pm there was a decent hatch of #18 caddis and rising fish.  The pod of wild rainbows were feeding in the film and eating the caddis pupa.  We swung flies to trick the trout.  The rig of the day was a #18 peacock caddis with a #18 caddis pupa dropper.  The trick to detect the takes was to swing a tight line through the pool were the fish were rising and set on any jump in the fly line or when tension was felt.  Pretty similar to how we fished in Maine, swinging flies.  Not a bad afternoon on the water and rising fish are always welcomed.  Off to fish for bass and pike today from the boat.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Friday, September 19, 2014

You would not believe it if you did not see it

Hi Folks, Ran the boat yesterday with clients wanting to spin fish for bass.  It was a day of big fish.  Cool yesterday afternoon on the water with air temps. holding in the fitties.  Pretty steady northwest wind.  Surface temperature of the water was 60 degree.  We fished off weed beds that abutted deep drop offs.  The trick was to cast right to the edge of the weeds and let the plug sit and then work it erratically back to the boat.  Fire tiger was the color of the day.  The body of water we fished is always stained and off colored so bright colored lures and flies tend to be the most productive on this body of water.  We saw all of our fish come to the lures.  We did not touch a fish under two pounds.  All fat healthy smallmouth and largemouth that looked absolutely stuffed.  One of the craziest things I have seen on the water took place yesterday.  My client cast his lure into a tree where the lure hung over branches onto the water.  Go figure a giant smallmouth came up and hammered the lure.  Hard to hook.  The fish missed it and then we began to try to free the lure from the tree and the fish came back.  Pretty cool.  The high light of the day was a 21" smallmouth.  Yes we measured it.  A true 5lb. bass.  That does not happen every day.  I will guide maybe 2 to 3 20" class  smallmouth a season.  Not an everyday event to catch one these large fish and I do not pound them when they are on spawning beds in the spring.  All big fish that are caught after the spawn.  September is the month for the big boys and girls.  Seems to be a pattern as the I think the big fish are putting on the feed bag in preparation of winter.  I think the bass fishing will stay consistent until the water temperature drops into the forties.  Good frost last night so our rivers are plenty cool for trout fishing.  Midday is prime time to be on the water currently.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Low water

Hi Folks, Take the fishing operation up north to unsaid river for Landlocked Salmon.  No secrets about this place, but still I do not like to say where I fished and guided.  Water temperature was 61 degrees and the water level was incredibly low.  We could use some sustained rain.  The river was about as low as I can remember in 25 years of fishing it for salmon.  Lots of fishing pressure and lots of trash to go along with it.  Not a bad idea to leave a place better than you found it.  Pretty decent #16 tan bodied caddis hatch.  I did not see any rising fish though we did get a few fish to eat off the top.  In these conditions I like to use trout tactics to catch salmon.  We dead drifted a #10 orange stimulator with a #16 flash back hare's ear dropper nymph.  We had several 18" to 20" class fish take the dry fly and we lost each one.  We located each fish holding in front of large boulders.  Interesting to watch them methodically rise to the dry fly.  Our other set up was a double nymph rig with #12 tungsten red threaded prince nymph with a #16 hare's ear flash back nymph.  We landed a 12" brown trout and several small salmon along with everyone's favorite the Fall fish.  Interesting identifying the differences between brown trout and landlocked salmon this time off the year.  They can look very much alike.  With the rain the salmon fishing will only get better. There are a few decent fish in the river, but they are not easy to catch in the current conditions.  Off to run the boat today and chase bass and pike.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Monday, September 15, 2014


Hi folks, Ran the boat with clients yesterday in the morning.  Awful cold out on the water.  Fishing really has become an afternoon activity now.  However, in my guiding world sometimes you have to accommodate guests when they can fish.  The surface temperature was 66 degrees and there was a steady north wind.  The air temperatures never really eclipsed 60 degrees yesterday and we had a frost warning last night.  We worked for our fish yesterday morning as we landed 3 small bass.  We did miss several decent fish and lost a couple of jumpers, but the fishing was not fast and furious.  We were able to get the fish to eat off the surface with a fire tiger jointed rebel stick bait and a blue and white popper.  When that bite slowed we resorted to jog fishing and working Senkos.  All of the fish we located were holding on sharp drop offs from 12' to 20' of water.  Fishing in our rivers is only getting better by the day.  We still need rain, but at least the water has cooled off.  Lots of hatching activity currently with #12 Isonychia, #14/#16 tan and olive bodied caddis, and we should begin to see #18-#22 BWO's.  Love the next month for fishing in Vermont.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Sunday, September 14, 2014

big bass sort of day

Hi Folks, Spent the day in my boat chasing bass and pike on damp cool day.  The only other people on the water were goose hunters.  No problem dodging them and always nice on Saturday to have an entire lake to yourselves to fish.  Seems to be the the norm as I do not encounter many anglers in my daily guiding operation.  Nice over cast cool day with air temperatures never reaching 60 degrees and the rain set in by 1:30pm.  We  fished a lake that is influenced by the flow of the Lamoille.  We had to find warm water in order to tug on fish yesterday.  In the river section the water was 58 degrees.  When we moved into the main lake a mile away the water temperature was 65 degrees.  A big difference and very important this time of the year.  The fishing was pretty darn good. We caught largemouth bass and smallmouth and as you can see some really big fish.  We did hook and play one very large northern pike that was lost at the boat.  The color of the day was fire tiger.  We got the fish to eat stick baits off the top and on the retrieve.  The largest bass of the day missed the lure initially and then came back after it for second helpings.  Nice job by client being patient prior to striking the fish.  We located all of our fish off weed beds on the outside deep edge in 10' to 12' of water.  Off to chase pike and bass again today.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Mighty Winooski

Hi folks, Guided a large group on the Winooski down below the Bolton Dam yesterday afternoon.  We fished midday under cloudy overcast conditions.  Certainly has cooled off outside.  This stretch of the Winooski has always had a good population of wild rainbows and it used to fish really well in the early to mid ninties.  In recent years I had stayed away due to fishing pressure and lack of fish.  Well, yesterday reconfirmed my faith in this stretch as the rainbow fishing was excellent.  There are many big pools in this section of river that are well over 10' deep and I think it takes a lot of food up in the water column to get these fish to move up to eat.  Well, awesome hatch of #12 Isonychia yesterday and the trout were rising everywhere.  We cast #12 parachutes all afternoon to rising fish.  These rainbows are strong and fight like crazy.  Lots of 7" to 12" wild fish with 1 15" brute in the mix.  Include a couple of stocked brown trout and it was a heck of a good day on the Winooski.  Nice and cold out this morning.  Could be a wet day in my boat fishing for bass and pike.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

fishing dry flies

Hi Folks, Guided a double on the Winooski yesterday taking fly anglers out in the morning and the afternoon.  Water temperature was 65 degrees in the morning and 68 degrees in the afternoon.  Water is low and we could still use some rain.  Nice morning fog and then big sun for the rest of the day with a crazy south/southwest wind.  Made casting challenging at times.  Lot of hatching activity yesterday and we were treated to a great hatch of #12 Isonychia in the morning and a pretty good spinner fall in early evening.  Found rising fish both in the morning and the afternoon.  We never nymph fished yesterday as my clients were able to cast dry flies on both trips.  A #12 hare's ear parachute worked really drawing the most interest of any fly cast yesterday. Had some success with a #12 thorax style blue dun dry fly and a #14 Grey Wulff.  We caught lots of juvenile Landlocked salmon from 7" to 12", stocked brown trout, and wild rainbows.  Of course always plenty of fall fish in the mix.  It was fun for my guests to catch salmon but I have to say what a stupid stocking program that is.  How many of these fish actually make it through the dams to lake Champlain??? Not to mention any adults that return are trapped and trucked up river.  We live in a start with nutrient poor rivers and do we really need to create competition with the wild rainbow trout population in the lower Winooski.  Only so much food to go around and young salmon are aggressive.  Plus the salmon program is for the benefit of the lake fishermen who troll and not us river rats.  Colossal waist of resources.  Looks like a big cool down rolling in to town.  Perfect, the trout will only get better.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What a day

Hi Folks, Guided a couple fly anglers yesterday looking to tug on some fly eating smallmouth bass.  Incredible weather day.  Blue bird sky and nice cool conditions.  This must be how it feels to live in San Diego.  Okay, back to fishing.  Water level was just slightly above the seasonal average flow and the temperature was 69 degrees in the morning and rose to 71 degrees by time we wrapped up the full day at 3pm.  We landed fish in every spot we fished yesterday.  No top water bite, but I suspect that was due to the bright sun.  However, the fish were eating below the surface.  We cast a #8 olive bunny bugger and a #6 olive and yellow clouser minnow.  Lots of small craw fish, baby fish, and baby bass in the shallow margins.  I think our flies imitated the forage items fairly well.  Good day for species diversity as we caught several large fall fish, a nice walleye, and lost one pike that broke us off.  Not the norm to catch a walleye on a fly.  We focused on large pools and some slow water where there depressions in the stream bottom with drop offs.  All in all we landed 10 smallmouth and missed half a dozen.  Fun day on the water.  I am off to chase trout morning and night today.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy