Wednesday, September 22, 2010

really low water

Hi folks, Guide 3 aspiring anglers yesterday afternoon on the Lamoille.  I am not a big fan of using this blog to make statements, but I am sick of the power company holding water back on the Lamoille.  I watched the river drop to next to nothing for flow yesterday afternoon while we were fishing.  Luckily the water temperature is 61 degrees and the fish are not thermally stressed presently.  Still the management of the flows is crazy and obviously Green Mountain power does not give a sh#@**!! about the well being of the river environment.  With the dropping levels the fish seemed to become a bit disoriented.  Still we located wild rainbows and stocked rainbows in slow deep pools.  Not much for riffles with the low water.  A few rising fish to #20 BWOs and saw a decent number of #14/#16 olive bodied caddis returning to lay eggs.  We landed 7 rainbows yesterday with 3 being wild fish in the 13" range and 4 being skinny 11" to 12" stocked bows.  You could really see the effect of the low warm water this summer on the stocked fish.  The wild bows looked pretty healthy and their colors were extremely vibrant.  First day of fall today and I will guiding trout.  Lets hope for rain.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy