Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hendricksons?

Steve Stanley's version of then Andreas Anderson "Rag Dolly" - Video comes out Friday!
Well it sounds like we're going to get some much needed rain over the next couple of days. Forecast is for approx. half to an inch of rain. 
Tying with craft fur
Anglers are picking up fish here and there, but reports are still reflecting some pretty slow fishing. Relatively cold water, low flows and bright sun are all working against us. I got some reports of Hendricksons on the upper Lamoille last night from 4pm to dark, and I saw a handful myself in Hyde Park around 6pm. If you find yourself amidst a Hendrickson hatch, swinging a soft hackle PT or hendrickson nymph in the faster water can equal success. 
Fairfax Falls should be getting another 300 trophy brown trout (average 18") this weekend, so head on down if you like fishing in a circus.
My guess is we'll be looking at some really good fishing on the heels of this rain system, so make sure you're ready when it really starts going off!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Salty Bass on the Brain


Throwin' it back to 2012, fishing Joppa with Mike Kontos, Jeff Dybinski & Chris Lynch.
Mike K. edit

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Yup...it's Snowing

Shooting Tying Video
It's a good thing I've still got a decent amount of firewood left in the shed 'cause it's cold outside! We've gotten about an inch or so of snow here at the shop and it's still flurrying out there. Unfortunately, it looks like this is the only precipitation of any form that we'll be seeing for at least the remainder of the week. This doesn't bode well for water levels which are currently well below seasonal averages. Water temps are still pretty darn cold too, so you'll have to work hard for your fish this week.
I started prepping my boat this week and found several leaky fuel lines, so no fishing for me until the boat is up and running for the season. The pre-spawn bass fishing is really picking up and I wanna be ready!
Wild Lamoille Brown Trout Release
Mike fished the Lamoille a little this week and was able to drum up a fish or 2 (including a real nice wild brown) on wired stonefly nymphs that we tie here at the shop. The steelhead runs up north are consistently inconsistent thanks again to lower-than-average flows all around. The majority of the steelhead action has naturally been on the heels of high water like we had for a few days last week. 
Bubba just finished shooting our next fly tying video which will be released at 10am on May 6th here and on our Youtube Channel. This pattern is pretty cool, so tune in and get tying!
We have a couple events coming up and we'd love to have your help! Green Up Day is May 7th and we'll once again be teaming up with Trout Unlimited to tackle some greening up within the Lamoille Valley. Keep an eye on our River Cleanup Page for updated details on that event and please consider lending a hand to clean up our rivers! Trout Unlimited is hosting a BBQ lunch afterwards, so there's a bit more incentive to help out!
On May 14th, we will be planting 135, 8-10' trees along the Lamoille River in Hyde Park as part of a several phase riparian zone enhancement project. This is a large job, but well organized, so with enough help we can bang it out quickly....and TU is grilling up some burgers and dogs afterwards! We have at least 15 volunteers committed, but we need more so get in touch with us asap! Call 802-644-2214 or email to let us know you'd like to help! We need ya!


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Trout Fishing Still Slow'ish

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Based on the outings we've had and the reports we've been getting, trout fishing is still on the slow side here in the northern part of the state. I've heard reports of hatches and active fish further south, but we still need to warm up a bit up here. We are really starting things out on ultra-low flows, so hopefully that balances out with some rain here and there. It's going to be a little cooler over the next few days, so don't expect too much to change until we get a bit of a warm up to spike some bug activity, mainly Hendrickson Mayflys. These bugs emerge quickly through the water column, making for great conditions to swing wet flies. The trophy stretch at Fairfax Falls has been an absolute madhouse, so you may want to steer clear of that scene if you value any type of tranquility along with your fishing. 
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We just had a couple random spots open up in Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps, so drop us an email if you know of a young angler that might like to attend!
We are also hosting a day camp the week of August 8th for young anglers. This program was a huge success last year and we are excited to keep the momentum going! Find details here and let us know if you know of potential campers!
The 2016 Ditch Pickle Classic is going to be the biggest and best yet, so if you don't have a team together, Get.It.Done! Remember, we have paddle and motor divisions as well as youth brackets, so everyone can be a part of this great event!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday Tying Vid - Ice Chub Minnow


This little baitfish pattern is easy to tie and looks great in the water. The fish seem to really like it too ;-)
The color combinations are endless, so whip up some of your own and hit the water!

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Tied by Chris Lynch

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Free Beginner Tying Sessions

WCAX's Gina Bullard sitting in on a fly tying lesson last year
We will have our first Beginners Open Tying session this Saturday (4/23) from 10-noon here at the shop. This free class is a great way to jump into the world of fly tying! Tools and materials will be provided and space is limited so please please let us know if you are planning to attend!
Call us at 644-2214 or email us here for sign up and details.
Our first fly tying video of 2016 will be available here and on our Facebook page tomorrow at 10am, so check it out! Make sure to go to our Facebook page and "enable notifications" to you see all of our content!

Ice Chub Minnow fly tying video comes out tomorrow!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Get Tying!


Big order of fly tying supplies just landed and a FREE beginners open tying sesh coming up this weekend....Stay tuned for details!
.....AND the Notch Road open!!