Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Brookies & Bass to Beat the Summer Heat!

With a 5 day sleep-away camp every 10 days over the past couple months, this summer is absolutely flying by!  We leave Saturday for the 3rd and final 2014 session of GMFFC!  The first 2 sessions were a blast and we're really looking forward to ending the 2014 camp season on a great note!...Well, fly fishing camp that is.  After we get back from this session, I'll be kicking off the inaugural session of Cady's Falls Mountain Bike Camp from 8/4 - 8/8, so no rest for the weary this summer!
Things around here have been pretty consistent weather-wise, which has been great for the warm water bite.  Bass really like prolonged periods of consistent weather.  This super hot spell should amount to some t-storms tomorrow and tomorrow night which could amount to up to 3/4" of rain or more.  This is good as we really need the rain to freshen things up!
Best bets are for bass, pike, panfish or any other warm water fish of your desire.  This heat wave puts the red light on the bigger rivers and even some of our smaller streams that just can't maintain cool enough temps when flows are as low as they are now.  Best bet is to just stay off trout water until things cool down or find some mountain stream brookies.
Good luck out there!

Friday, July 11, 2014

GMFFC Session 2 Starts Tomorrow!

Fishing Noyes Pond at GMFFC
We're off to our second Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp session of the summer at Seyon Lodge.  The shop will be closed until we return on Thursday, 7/17 but we still have fly and conventional guides available!
If you are looking for a fly fishing outing, please call Steve at (802)999-4807 or Lawton at (802)338-0649 to make arrangements.
For big bass on conventional tackle, please call Matt at (802)598-5523.
We have a front that could potentially camp out over our region early next week, bringing some wet weather with it.  Later in the day Sunday into Monday looks to be the wettest possible stretch, so keep an eye on USGS gauges before heading out!  Everything looks great right now, but the big water could warm up throughout the day so keep the thermometer handy!
Keep the fly box loaded with PT nymphs in 12-20, Prince nymphs in 12-16, ants in 12-18, stimulators in 8-12, caddis dries and nymphs in 12-16 and buggers of all shapes and sizes!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

First on the Fly!

Here's my 8 year old son, Noah with his first ever fly-caught fish...a sunfish!  So proud of you buddy!  Sure beats video games!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Beat the Heat with Bass

Our buddy Noah showing proper grip'n'grin tactics ;-)
We are in coming off a very hot weather pattern which had our rivers very warm.  This had the big rivers hitting the upper 70’s and the mid-sized creeks also hovering in the upper 60’s low 70’s.  Brook trout and bass have been the focus and the fishing has been decent.  Brook trout fly selection need not be complicated with just about any dry producing.  While bushy dry flies work great try to avoid flies that have a ton of hackle by the hook point or cut it back with your nippers.  Those lil brookies have a hard time getting their mouths around all that fuzz.  Otherwise, bass have been active and responding to top water patterns in low light conditions and crayfish and clousers when the sun is up.  Tyipical mid- summer  stuff.  Speaking of which, terrestrials should be more and more important by the day as most of our solid mayfly hatches are behind us and will slow down through july and august.  The exception being, Hex’s are present on select inland ponds and lake champlain and paraleps will come off mid- month in some rivers.  Light/cream cahills and golden drakes are another mayfly that will appear from time to time but for the most part stimulators and terrestrials will be on the end of my leader.  On cool mornings there is always a chance of some bwo’s  but all these hatches tend to be here and there.  More reliable mayfly hatches will return in late August with white flies and Iso’s  on the menu.  Mid-summer also see’s small caddis in the a.m. so have some # 16-18 elk hair and x-caddis.  Otherwise, #12 princes, #14 pt nymphs, buggers in white,olive,brn, & black are all staples through the end of the season.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Session 1 Done!

GMFFC Session 1 in the books!
We have been crazy busy lately and I want to apologize for our recently inconsistent store hours here at Troutfitters HQ.  We have spent the better part of the last 2 weeks running in an effort to keep up with our endeavors.  If you are looking for some fill-in hours, have good fly fishing /local knowledge and are responsible(that's the clincher) we may need your help, so give a buzz.  Our first sesssion of Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp was a huge success and we will likely see most of those kids back next year.  Our next session kicks off on 7/12 and we are super excited to be welcoming back 8 return campers out of the 12 attending the session!
We returned from the woods on Thursday and packed up to head out to Lake Champlain for the 5th Annual Ditch Pickle Classic on Friday morning!  The tournament was great and you can head over to the DPC site for a recap and results.
It's currently Africa-hot outside which means that trout fishing is not the best option until things cool down.  We have plenty of small streams that stay much cooler than the main stem rivers, as well as warmwater fishing to keep you occupied.  

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ooooh Barracuda!

Every time someone new comes in to the shop, they comment on the barracuda we have hanging in the tying room. Not the fish you'd expect to have hanging in a shop in trout country, but this fish has history...
My dad caught this fish in the Florida keys back in, I believe, the 80's. It was falling apart in his basement so I decided to hang it here at the shop where it sat in that same condition for a couple of years. Last year, our buddy Bill grabbed it off the wall and took it to a friend who does taxidermy. It came back looking as great as the day it was caught if not better thanks to TJ and his artistic skill! Thanks Bill....thanks TJ...and thanks Dad!
Crystal Buggers are HOT!!
Things around here are falling into more seasonable conditions.  Bright, hot days have been the norm this week and, although the weather for outdoor recreation has been perfect, it's not quite the best for fishing.  It's also time to have that stream thermometer handy.  If that water creeps up around and over the 70 degree mark and you're still trout fishing, you stand a very good chance to kill any fish you hook and play for more than even a few seconds.  It's smart to have a backup plan that includes bass or trib fishing when there's a good chance water temps will be in the lethal range for trout on the bigger rivers.  Let's keep things simple....if the water is 69 or higher, find somewhere else to fish.
Mike's Brown Drake cripple
This onset of drastically warmer air and water temps almost always coincides with the emergence of Brown Drakes, and this year is no different.  We spotted some of our first Drakes of the season last night on the Lamoille, so keep a close eye over the next few nights as this hatch brings the big boys out to play!  We have some fresh Brown Drake cripples that Mike tied here at the shop, but I don't find the fish to be overly picky during this hatch.
I'm pleased to say that we finally have our logo t-shirts in stock!  It took what seemed like a year and a day but we finally have a few different styles with our logo and fish skin artwork.  They look great and best thing is they are MADE IN THE USA!!!!
There are only a few remaining spots in Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp, so inquire before they are gone!  We have 1 spot in session #1 on 6/22 and 4 spots for the 7/26 session.  You can send us an inquiry HERE.
As many of you already know, we are now tying 95% of our flies here in-house.  This means our customers have access to quality flies tied right here and not in some sweat shop....well, maybe it feels like one in here sometimes anyway.  Get in here and see us!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Good Fishing Right Now

Sunset Over the Lamoille River
This week we have had some amazing weather to compliment the steady fishing we have currently.  The Lamoille has now been completely stocked from top to bottom, so there are plenty of fish in the system to keep things interesting.  The past few days have been very warm and bright which has pushed most of the action to the morning and evening hours.  It doesn't take much to get these big drainages up over 70, so keep your stream thermometer handy as the heat up is inevitable and we've been spoiled with mostly cooler, wet weather up to this point.  
Fat Head Sculpin (available in single hook or articulated)
For the most part, we've been taking fish on crystal buggers in various colors, PT nymphs in sizes 12-16, princes in 12-16 and caddis dries.  Just about every rising fish we've seen has been tuned into caddis.
We've got freshly-tied Brown Drake cripples here at the shop, so make sure you're ready with some in your box just in case you find yourself at the right place at the right time....i.e; like a stretch of the Lamoille with a predominantly silty bottom.  
Mike and I got out on the raft the other night to drift the special regs stretch between Hyde Park and Johnson on the Lamoille.  We rarely get to fish together in season, so it's always a treat when we do.  We also had some new fly patterns that needed a little R&D work.  The fly that drew the most attention was our new Fat Head Sculpin.  They were literally fighting over that thing!  Swing by and pick a couple up!  
2014 Custom DPC Tunaskin Shirt
We have about 98 anglers currently registered for the Ditch Pickle Classic on 6/28-29 on Lake Champlain!  It's not too late to register, so send an email and get on board!  Each angler that registers will get a custom DPC shirt from our pals at Tunaskin as well as a slew of other stuff from our great sponsors like Orvis, Jackson Kayak, Mountain Khakis and many more!
We have only 1 spot left for our 6/22 session of Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp.  Session #2 is completely full, but we have space left in our 7/26 session, so inquire asap!
Day camps still have space left as well and this will be a lot of fun for the kids, so get them signed up soon!