Friday, August 30, 2013

top water bite

Hi Folks, Guided smallmouth bass with the fly this morning on the lower Lamoille.  Water temperature was a warm 73 degrees and the air was heavy.  Pretty decent morning fog and we had the place to ourselves.  We fished big pocket water with lots of boulders and rocks and every piece of water looks fishy.  We focued on big primary pools and kept our presentations just out of the main current in the slower parts of the pools and big eddies.  We fished several different style poppers but a frog pattern with rubber legs and a big concave face was the most productive.  We did catch one smaller bass nymphing a #8 stone fly nymph.  We had 14 fish come to the fly and landed 8 smallmouth. and of those fish 5 exceeded 2lbs in weight.  We had some really explosive strikes.  Good jumping rod benders!  We found that the popper moved in succession of two with a pause triggered a lot of the strikes.  With the warm water I am off to guide again this afternoon.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy