Friday, June 26, 2015

The Big Show This Weekend

The store will be closed Saturday and Sunday since we will be on Lake Champlain hosting the Ditch Pickle Classic.
Almost 140 anglers this year all hoping for a crack at the trophy and close to $14,000 in prizes!
We will be open at 9am on Monday 6/29

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wet Weather Continues

Our bass pro Matt has been smokin'em with the conventional gear! Book a trip with Matt and see for yourself!
The wet weather has really been hanging around with bits and pieces of sun here and there. Yesterday's heavy rains in the morning dirtied up even our smaller streams and the Lamoille is still a dirty, 1200cfs as I write this. We've had to move some river trips to the stillwater, but we've still been fishing! I was on Waterbury Sat and Sunday this past weekend and the rains have really flooded out that place! The water level is several feet above normal and there is debris all over the place. Definitely tough conditions for the fly-rodder, but we managed some fish here and there. I see more and more people that should not be at the helm of a motor boat every time I go out. I'm starting think we should offer boat ramp viewing trips where we sit 25 yards offshore and observe the comedy at the ramp....priceless stuff!
Remember that we also offer conventional bass fishing trips with our bass pro, Matt. If throwing flies isn't your thing, we'll set you up with Matt for an unforgettable day of bassin'! Drop us a line HERE and we'll set it up! 

This week's tying video features a guest appearance from 16 year old Noah Gates of Franklin, VT. This kid can tie and we have a selection of his patterns here at the shop for sale, so swing by and get ya some! This particular "Noah's Big Belly Streamer" has been a hot seller and the toothy fish seem to find it very appetizing!

Friday, June 12, 2015

High Water

This smallie wasn't too camera shy on a recent bass outing
We've gotten plenty of rain this week and another rainy system is moving in as I write this post. The heavy rains from the other day sent most rivers and streams through the roof! The Lamoille was right up to it's banks in many downstream locations and it wouldn't have taken too much more water to create some serious flooding situations. The smaller streams, especially those with steeper drainage have cleared nicely but are still running seasonally high. We received plenty of calls this week inquiring about conditions on the rivers. Make sure to check USGS Gauges before heading out!  
Fly tying with Gina Bullard from WCAX
This past week we had a visit from Gina Bullard from WCAX News. Gina did a segment on our business which was featured on WCAX's "Made in Vermont" series. We taught Gina to tie her own fly and she even got to test it out afterwards! No fish for Gina, but Mike did get to demonstrate a hookup on a small rainbow.
Click on this LINK to watch the segment.
We've been tying 'round the clock to keep up with demand! Get in here and check out some quality local ties!

Friday, June 5, 2015


Wild Lamoille Rainbow
After a dry start to the season, we finally have a decent bit of water in the system and some cooler temps which are good for both angler and fish. Typically around the end of May / beginning of June, one of our larger mayflies of the season, the Brown Drake, hatches primarily along siltier sections of the Lamoille and tribs. This is really one of the first hatches of the season that tends to get every fish in the river looking up for a chance at a big, meaty, mayfly meal. If you get lucky enough to experience a Brown Drake spinner fall, you might not soon forget it since you're likely in for a fishy evening.
Between tying, teaching and guiding it's been a very busy season for us thus far! Thanks a ton to all of you that have shown your support...we can't do it without you... It's great to have such loyal customers!
Proto-Poppers now available in Firetiger
This week we had a visit from Gina Bullard of WCAX News. GMT will be featured in an upcoming segment of "Made in Vermont," focusing on our local fly production. Don't miss it!...scheduled to air Monday 6/8 at 6pm!
The bass fishing has been great lately and we've got a great selection of patterns in stock for bass and pike, so be sure to stock up before your next outing! 
In the day and age of social media, our website posts often take a back seat. Be sure to follow us in social media land on Vimeo, where we produce and release a new fly tying video each Tuesday, as well as on Facebook and Instagram, where we try to post fresh content daily! 

Here's this week's tying video....Stanley's Mini-Hopper...

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Bassin' in the Heat!

Nice bass on a Zudbubbler popper
Here we are on the last weekend of May and the Lamoille (and most likely the Winooski, White & Missisquoi) has already been up and over 70 degrees thanks to an early season heat wave combined with low water levels. Thursday afternoon we had some torrential downpours come through and absolutely soak many areas in the northern third of the state. The next couple of days show a really good chance of widespread rain, so let's keep fingers crossed for a soaker! 
It's been a busy season for us thus far with classes and tours. We offer a $89 class called "201" which is the best price on a well-rounded course in fly fishing that you'll find. We've turned on many folks to fly fishing via these classes and that is of utmost importance to us.  As a business that relies on natural resources to sustain itself, if we aren't turning newcomers of all ages onto the sport, we're not doing our job to it's fullest. Sign up for a class and we'll show you that fly fishing isn't all cigars, tweed and pricey equipment!
Z is new to the fly, but lit'em up yesterday!
Mike's lead some great trout tours so far this season, but yesterday was my first bass tour of the season and man was the fishing on fire! We fished for about 6 hours and had pretty much non-stop action on poppers the whole time! Hit me up if you want to get out and do some bassin'!
The Ditch Pickle Classic is even bigger than last year and we still have a month to go! Make sure to register before 6/2 to be guaranteed your custom DPC Tunaskin! Register HERE

Get in here for local flies, advice and instruction!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Healthy Watershed, Healthy Fish

One of several tree plantings Chris is spearheading along the Lamoille River in Hyde Park
Vermont has been a roller coaster of weather lately! Mid 80's and bright sun yesterday...mid 50's and heavy wind today. We've had some spitting rain showers, but we really could use a good downpour to fluff things up a bit. Although river flows don't seem terribly low, many are running well below their average for this time of year so get out and do your rain dance! Luckily a big cool down this weekend will keep water temps in check for the time being. 
We're expanding our tying materials selection weekly! Get in here and see what we have!
The Winooski has been fully stocked, but the Lamoille (other than the N. Branch) hasn't seen any hatchery stockings as of yet. I really wish we didn't need to rely on hatchery fish but, unfortunately as many of you are aware, our larger freestone rivers lack the habitat that wild trout need to thrive and reproduce. Much of the habitat degradation that we've seen for centuries in Vermont is largely due to poor land management practices and a lack of education and funding to encourage acceptable land use practices. I'm constantly surprised by members of the local angling community that don't understand what a sustainable fishery is. Many of us think that simply practicing catch & release is enough. What good is it to release a fish that you just laid out on jagged rocks to get that perspective shot of the rod laying next to the fish so all in social media land know just how big it was? It's almost as good as lipping that lunker bass in front of the camera with one hand or beating up on the same piece of water every day. I see and hear of a lot of this kinda stuff going on and it's a shame that some of us have missed the point. Vermont's fisheries need ego-free assistance. Drop us a line to inquire about upcoming conservation projects that need your help within the Lamoille Watershed.
This weekend is the official kick off to tourist season and it also tends to be the time that several different types of fishing opportunities come into throughout New England. Get in here and stock up on tackle and a great selection of locally-tied flies!
The 2015 Ditch Pickle Classic has already seen over 4o teams register, which means that we will more than likely be exceeding our 54 teams from 2014! The deadline to register in time for a custom Tunaskin is 5/25, so get on it!
This week's tying video...Boehm's Gurgler...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Here Fishy Fishy

Well, we finally got a much-needed dose of rain followed by a much needed dose of cooler weather. I tend to hate cold weather these days, but I'm also not a fan of 85 degree days in early May! Most moving water (other than the smallest streams) is blown out or at least mostly unfishable today throughout most of our area. The ground really soaked up that rain fast and things are finally starting to look lush and green. 
First wild rainbow of 2015!
I got a temp of 62 at 10am yesterday on the Lamoille in Hyde Park. That's a warm water temp to have in May, but it looks like we have more seasonable conditions in store for the next week or so. Insect activity is starting to pick up and so will the fishing. Yesterday, there were some larger mayflies here and there, but nothing substantial. The tribs have been producing a few fish here and there, but no decent reports from the Lamoille as of yet. Sounds about the same over on the Winooski side according to guys I've spoken to. This is all going to change soon, so load up on flies and get out there!
Guided trips started this week and went well despite some questionable conditions. Give a holler and get your date(s) booked for the 2015 season!
Getting mixed reports of steelhead action up North. Some guys saying it's over, while other seem to think it's just getting going. I can say that I got a report today that the river was loaded with suckers. That typically means the steelhead run is waning. This spike in flows could trigger any remaining stragglers to get moving up river, but we'll just have to see.
We're excited to have just picked up a new line of landing nets made right here in Vermont! Sunny Brook Nets are made with Vermont hardwood handles, clear rubber bags and sell for only $99!! Get in here and check them out!
Sunny Brook Nets - Made in Vermont - Sold at GMT!!