|Client caught Lamoille Brown 8/18/18|
Well, it has been a while since I have updated the conditions page. That is mostly because conditions haven't changed in months! We just wrapped up a historically hot summer with July being the hottest July on record and it looks like August will be no different once the numbers are crunched. After 20+ years of fishing this area I have never seen such hot dry weather last so long. As a result, I can count on one hand the amount of times I trout fished/guided trout this summer. There were a couple windows where temps allowed it but flows have been so low it was hard to get excited about flogging the poor trout to death. So, most of my summer was spent bass fishing. Even the bass this summer started getting a lil moody about the conditions and were not as likely to be chasing flies around in the low, clear, hot water.
It's not all doom and gloom though. The trout are still there and temps are looking to return to fall averages this week. We still have very low flows so light long leaders are recommended until we get some increase in water levels. Fishing areas of higher gradient will also be a good idea.
Sept/Oct should see hatches of isonychia's and bwo's along with a scattering of terestrials. Typically you will see Bwo's on cooler days and Iso's on warmer days. As temps cool off we will return to mid day fishing for the best results. Last year we had some very warm weather in late Sept. that had river temps spike so keep an eye out in case that happens again but otherwise, get out there and enjoy the fall fishing!