Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Hi Folks, Finally a reprieve from the hot humid weather. A cold front blasted through last night bringing some rain and of course wind for today.  I guided a small stream in the valley yesterday with great success.  Water temperature was 63 degrees and the levels were low.  It appears that the trout are now holding in the primary pools and there is not enough water to hold fish in the secondary water.  Starting to see more #8/#10 Stone fly shucks on rocks and #10/#12 green grass hoppers in fields.  The time for Stimulators is now.  The Stimulator is an adult stone fly imitation, but creates the profile of a grasshopper.  Great dry fly that floats well and is a good choice for putting a dropper nymph underneath.  The trout were on yesterday as we landed 16 4" to 8" native brook trout and 4 wild brown trout between 13" and 16".  Good fun a 2wt. and a real challenge landing the larger brown trout.  What is fun in clear water is seeing the fish come to the fly.  The two largest brown trout emerged from wood piles that were jammed up against large boulders.  Each fish chased the fly down stream and grabbed it.  Never under estimate how often a trout eats your fly after it has drifted past them. We mixed up Stimulators in size and color using orange and lime green from #10 to #14.  Also took a number of brook trout on #12 Royal Wulff.  I love small stream fly fishing and I believe it is Vermont's best option for wild fish.  Small streams make you an accurate fly caster.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy