Friday, May 12, 2017

Here we go again

Hi Folks, Spent my first day on a Vermont trout stream today.  Visited a Lamoille tributary. Nice sunny day with a few passing clouds and actually really pleasant. I have been away in Montana trout fishing.  Pretty incredible place.  Anywho, The water temperature today was 52 to 53 degrees. Still experiencing some cool nights. Water flows are excellent. Nice to see water in our rivers. Been awful dry for the past couple of years.  I am fine with the slow start to the season with high water from rain and snow melt.  Water temperatures are just starting to rise to the magical 50 to 55 degree mark.  Witnessed an excellent #14 Hendrickson may fly hatch today.  Large number of bugs hatching with lots of crippled duns from the breeze.  I did not see a single fish rise.  I am not sure how long the hatch has been going on for, but these fish were not interested in nymphs either.  I have experienced this before with the Hendrickson hatch.  Maybe the water needs to warm a few more degrees?, not sure. Also, being sunny maybe the fish did not turn on until dusk if there was a decent spinner fall.  I did see a few #14 caddis hatching and noticed a number of pupa casings on top of rocks.  Quite a few #12/#14 Midges hatching as well. Flies for now are any #14-#16 Hendrickson pattern, #14 American Grannoms (caddis in black and green),#12-
#16 pheasant tail nymphs,  #12-#14 Dave's Red Fox nymphs, #14-#16 x-caddis, #8-#12 olive/black wooly bugger dead drifted.  Coming into the time of plenty for fishing in Vermont.  Lots of possibilities for different species.  Off to walk a river with a guest in the morning.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy