This will be my last report until next week as we are headed up to Maine for some Brook Trout and Salmon Fishing.
Water levels at the moment are well above average, though just about everything is fishable to some extent. The Lamoille and Winooski are just starting to drop into fishable flows and clarity. Small and mid sized streams are clear and running fast and a bit high, but are in great shape. I like when levels are a bit high as the fish typically are not a spooky.
I got out for a minute tonight, before a heavy down pour came through. I was chased off as I left the raincoat in the truck. I was on a mid sized stream in an area that does not get any stocked fish and picked up one nice wild bow in short order on a green caddis larvae, dropped off a double bead stonefly that sinks quickly. I did not see much for insects other than a few tan caddis around size 14, but was only on the river a minute.
We have .5" - 1" of rain forecast over night and this will bring the big rivers above fishable levels for probably a couple of days, but there should be some great fishing on the mid sized and small streams. Tomorrow I am getting out with a couple friends that I have not been able to fish with yet this year. We are going down south on the drift boat for some seriously big Pike. I am hopeful river levels will be fine down there as they did not get nearly as much rain as we did last week up this way.
I am available to guide on Sunday, so feel free to hit me up if you would like to get out.
Tactics and hatches are the same as the last report.
As for Maine fishing, we are headed up to the North Woods. This region is one of the last places in the US to catch truly large brook trout. Fish run up to 5 lbs and the big males have the brightest red bellies you will ever see. The LL Salmon can get equally as big and are seriously acrobatic. Almost all of the fish we landed last year were on dries as well. All of these fish are wild and so is the area. It is just a great trip. We have a cabin rented on a fly fishing only brook trout pond that is a blast to head out on after dinner and before the camp fire gets going. I am hoping that river levels come down from where they are now, but we will get on the fish either way.
I am a Maine Guide, so if you wanted to come up for a day or so let me know and I can put you on some of these fish. Here are some of the fish we landed last year. Of course the biggest Brookies were lost before they reached the net!!!
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers