On the river front things have been slow which is normal for this time of year especially considering how cold it's been. I've been just a few times and have managed to land wild rainbows and brook trout. I actually caught my first ever fish on opening day of VT trout season. Usually I am still busy with maple sugaring, but since we finished early I was able to find a bit of time to fish and ended up with a single wild brook trout that ate a micro streamer. Since then all of the river fish I have caught have been on 12 to 16 attractor nymphs with mostly floro orange tag or collars. Now that things look to warm up I will be spending a bit more time on the rivers. I have seen midges, early dark stoneflies, very small baetis, and a couple bigger flies from a distance that I could not identify. We will soon see our first larger mayflies and caddis flies popping and you should be prepared with more natural nymphs to imitate bwo's, blue quills, quill gordons, hendricksons, grannom caddis, as well as maybe a few dry flies or emergers. I actually saw a fish rise on opening day, and have seen fish rising on the ponds, so it pays to be prepared. Your best bet will be to fish in the warmest part of the day on the warmest days if you have the flexibility. If not get out there and don't be discouraged if you get skunked, you may well catch the biggest fish of the year. I'll get another report in as things start to heat up.
The US Fly Fishing National Championship was supposed to start today in Basalt, CO, obviously that didn't happen. Quite a bummer as I have a lot into this tournament and going in ranked 10th in the US was hoping for a good finish to make Fly Fishing Team USA. Hopefully it can be rescheduled sometime this year, I guess on the bright side I will have more time to train.