We have lots of water and lots of happy fish to chase this fall. Its been quite a few years since we have had anything but super low flows and spooky fish. Most rivers are in great shape, but the bigger rivers still want to blow out and get really muddy with any significant precipitation. The Winooski has been muddy almost the entire summer as land slides and massive amounts of sediment from the floods in July are cleared out. I did see it looking a little less muddy last week, but we've since had rain. Small and mid sized streams are in great shape. The trout have been in particularly good condition this summer and are quite fat. I've gotten used to many of them looking skinny in the fall. River temps are great and look to remain that way for a while. Dry flies have been effective as well and nymphs and streamers. I fished down south of here this past weekend and was catching fish on a Iso dry fly pattern as well as a variety of nymphs, but there was a mid afternoon window where most fish ate the dry. I found lots of the fish pushed into some of the shallowest riffles Ive every caught fish in before. I'm talking the really skinny ankle deep riffles that most everyone would walk right over. Many small depressions that went from 4" deep to 5-6" deep would hold a fish. Cast over the nice 18" depression however, and you might not find a willing trout. The next three weeks should be great for trout fishing. Salmon should be entering the rivers now and this year should see strong runs.
I have very limited availability this fall. Guides Andy and John have some weekends available. Give us a should to see if we can get you on the river.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers