Thursday, May 25, 2017

rising trout and a non-native menace

Hi Folks, Been guiding and stomping around our trout streams the last few days.  Our rivers are in great shape.  Flows are right around the seasonal average and temperatures have been consistently between 55 degrees and 59 degrees.  Found rising trout the last couple of nights feeding on egg laying caddis.  Good number of fish rising last night in really skinny water.  The fish were moving around a bit and we had to be patient and stealth and figure out their rising pattern.  The fly was a #16 CDC caddis.  We had 7 trout eat the dry.  Nymphing was slow for us, but it has been pretty steady on the stocked fish in the Lamoille.  #10/#12 olive wooly buggers, #14 pheasant tails, #14/#16 olive caddis, and #12 prince nymphs have all been effective.  On another note, our streams are being run over and consumed by Japanese Knotweed. A real non-native invasive threat.  It is part of the knotweed and buckwheat family. Seems to do really well along our rivers and spreads like wildfire.  It has no redeeming qualities that I can determine.  Certainly displaces all of the native plants along our buffer zones.  I know in some countries it is illegal to grow.  Not sure how it can be eradicated, but I know left unchecked it will be the only plant life on our stream banks.  Well, looks like a damp weekend, but the fishing should be very good.  Remember to clean your gear and keep the non-native species at home.  Have Fun, Willy