Saturday, April 19, 2014

Go Steelheading

Not too much to report here as we are still looking at high, cold runoff pretty much everywhere you look.  The smaller tributaries have some bit of clarity but should be left alone so our Lamoille rainbows can get their spawning groove on uninterrupted.  The larger rivers still need some time and, thanks to a recent snowfall of half a foot in many locations around here, runoff season has been extended a bit longer.
Blood dots and sucker spawn...both killer steelhead flies!
In my opinion, the best bet for early season fishing is steelhead.  We have a few streams here in the northern tier that don't see huge runs of steelhead, but see enough to keep things interesting.  Steelhead also look for higher flows to make their move out of the lake, so throw some shot on and you're good to go!  We've done quite a bit of steelheading and can set you straight on rigging, flies and presentation so swing in.  We have also been stocking up on supplies that are perfect steelheading, like Maxima tippet material and a great selection of our custom-tied steelhead patterns.  We're also expanding our fly tying selection if you'd rather tie your own!  Mike got out after steelhead yesterday and hooked one on a cheese sucker spawn (pictured above) in high, stained flows.  They're in there, so put the time in and you'll be rewarded!
We'll be tying a large portion of our flies in-house from here on out, as well as offering selections from other local tyers like Vermont Fly Guys, so get in here and buy local ties!
We have a handful of spots left for Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp at Seyon Lodge.  We've added another session this season, which brings us up to 3 sessions in 2014 open to a total of 36 kids.  We have an excellent rate of return campers because this camp is such a unique experience and the kids absolutely love it!  We've also added a few sessions of day camp for the summer months which will be based out of our shop here in Jeffersonville.  The camp follows a similar format of our sleepaway camp, but instead campers spend 6 hours a day with us for 5 days for a complete immersion in fly fishing!  Find out more HERE!
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Friday, April 11, 2014

Fishmas Eve

We're on the verge of a big weekend here in Vermont with the trout season opener tomorrow.  Although the conditions are less than ideal(as they generally are in early April,) it's nice to be able to suit up and wave the dust off the rod if you feel the desire.
There are a couple events going on this weekend that should not be missed...
Jesse Haller, Middlebury Mountaineer and the New Haven River Anglers are presenting a showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour right in downtown Middlebury!  At only $15/person, it's a super affordable way to get your stoke on!  Find out details HERE.
The 6th Annual Otter Creek Classic Fly Fishing Tournament is also taking place this weekend, so get your gear and get out there!  Details available HERE or by calling Middlebury Mountaineer.
Registration is now officially open for the 2014 Ditch Pickle Classic on Lake Champlain.  This event brought in 100 anglers last year and is sure to keep on growing!  Get your team together and send us an email to with your team name, contact info and t-shirt sizes asap!
We've expanded our kids fly fishing camp, Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp to 3 sessions this season and there are only a handful of the 36 slots left, so sign up your child asap!  Only space left in sessions 1 & 3 FYI.
We are also rolling out a fly fishing day camp for kids this season!  Green Mountain Fly Fishing DAY Camp will be offered 4 different weeks this summer and it is one of the most unique camp experiences we have in our great state.  Space is very limited and in high demand, so don't slack in getting your child(ren) signed up!
Have fun out there!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Fly Fishing DAY Camp!

For 2014, we're rolling out a brand spankin' new day camp which follows a similar format of our extremely popular sleepaway camp, Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp (
For details about our fly fishing day camp, click this LINK.
We will be offering four, 5-day sessions this summer and space is limited so reserve a spot for your child(ren) soon!

Monday, January 13, 2014

2014 Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp

Registration for the 2014 Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp is officially open!  This year we have 3 sessions to choose from, so register your child soon!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Leaf Hatch

Glassy Fall Conditions on the Lamoille
Zach-Attack Strikes Again!
We've really been dealt some incredible late-season conditions here in the upper end of the state.  Aside from some howling winds which tend to make life difficult for the fly angler, we've had relatively mild weather and low flows that have kept things consistant.  This is the time of year when higher flows and added wind can make it difficult at best to reach those fish that are rising selectively in the deeper, slower water.  At times you'll see fish cruising and eating with seemingly reckless abandon, while at other times they can be very picky.  Mid-day thru sunset is still where it's at, so no need to jump out of bed at o-dark-thirty to get on the water.
We had some beautiful scenery as usual this foliage season and I only wish Fall lasted a couple more months, but as the last leaves fall I can't help but to get soooo stoked for the upcoming steelhead season!  I haven't yet blocked any weeks yet for guided winter steelhead trips, but drop us a line at if you're interested in setting up a steelhead adventure this winter!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Extend Your Drift

Lil man with a Lamoille bow
The fishing on the Lamoille has been fantastic this past week. On all my recent trips I have been able to get clients in front of many rising fish for the duration of the outing.  With that said, my clients have struggled to land large numbers of fish.  Mostly because of the long casts required in some of the areas where the action has been.  I always try to get new clients in a spot to minimize long casts but in the fall all of the fish are on the deep flats (the shallow tail outs being the exception). So, weather it is too long of a cast or no back cast room because it too deep or mucky, I've been teaching clients to extend their drift by dumping line.  Just pull 60 ft of line out onto water while upstream of the fish, cast 30 ft across, and wave your rod tip just above the water to feed line out through the rod tip.  Now raise the rod tip to the sky to pick up all that slack you created. Then just slowly lower the rod tip as the fly passes you.  Booyah, your 30ft cast just became a 60 ft drift.  A very good method of getting to spots that are hard to reach or when trying to extend your drift that extra bit.  
So, yesterday was a real raw fall day but the fish did not mind. It has been lots of fun watching these fish feed heavily in back eddies and lazily sipping on the flats. My client got into 5 or 6 and landed half of them all on #18-20 bwo patterns (mainly compraduns and para-
adams).  That's been about the story for the past couple weeks. Solid surface activity from 12:30 pm to about 5pm. We have up to a half inch of rain coming mid week and then we should dry out.  We will have temps toping out in the 60's until the end of the week when highs will be more seasonal in the 50's. So, looks like another great week of fishing ahead. Enjoy!  

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Final countdown

Lamoille Bow
Sorry for the delay in reports.  We have been still doing trips and here is a bit of what we have seen.  We just got through a very warm spell that really slowed down the great dry fly fishing we had been having.  Most action was late in the pm from about 5-6pm.  This week we are looking at more seasonal weather with highs in the 60's (except for tomorrow which will be muggy & upper 70's).  That should set us up to have more mid-day activity like we should see this time of year.  Generally, fish have been on Bwo's and isonychias.   I have not seen any caddis around which I usually expect to see this time of year on warm sunny days.  Instead bwo dries #18-20 have accounted for most of our fish.  Followed by #10-12 princes and #18 pt nymphs and #12 purple parachutes and #12 para adams.  Buggers have caught fish but were not working great under the high sun.  90% of our fish have been caught in deep flat water which is bout right for this time of year.  Riffles have given up some fish but all larger fish came from the flats.  The only thing is we have had some windy days which can just shut the flats down and litter the river with leaves.  Aside from that the fishing has been really good despite very low water conditions.  This is definitely the time to extend your leader into the 12ft realm and maybe drop to 6x.  I have been using 5x successfully but used 6x once just to make it easier to thread my fly.  Wade slow and try not to put wake on the flat water.  You can still catch fish but the biggens will sense that wake a mile away so wade on the bank whenever possible. 
So, we are in for some rain tonight and tomorrow and then we will stay dry for the rest of the week.  It looks to be upwards of an inch so the mainstems might come up a bit but we can use the rain to refresh things and blow some leaves outta the rivers.  When things settle I expect fishing to be great this week and was very excited to have clients and myself catch large #'s of wild browns in the main stem Lamoille.  Of 20 fish caught on 1 outing almost half were wild browns.  I fished the Winooski as well and was glad to see good #'s of fish rising to bwo's.  There are still hoppers and ants around so don't rule them out either.  Salmon are being caught here and there but pressure has been heavy and seems like the fish have been testing most anglers I have spoken to.  Don't get me wrong, people are catching fish but I have not heard any incredible reports.  This is my favorite time of year to fish.  Like in May, it's like you can't go wrong.  Pick a species and any random water body and your likely to have good fishing. Unlike May, many people are getting into hunting mode and have put their rods away or just had their fill as opposed to spring when everybody is itching to fish.  So get out and enjoy the last 3 weeks!  See you out there!