Saturday, April 20, 2013

Runoff Conditions

Brewster River - 4/20/13

Yesterday went from being warm and pleasant to rainy and nasty over the course of the afternoon/evening.  We had a few gusts at my house last night that completely shook the house and it rained sideways for a couple hours.  As a result, just about every piece of moving water is either partially or completely blown out today.  Mountain streams are still purging melting snowpack and the larger, main stem rivers are a complete mess with the Lamoille at 4800cfs in Johnson and the Winooski at over 3000cfs in Montpelier!  The big water will take several days to clear, so make this USGS link your friend and check flows before heading out. 
We're now getting reports that Lake Champlain's inland sea is now ice free and ready for fishing!  If you're heading out on the big lake with your boat, be extremely careful of debris floating around.  This time of year can be very dangerous out there...go slow!  Our local bass fisheries are still holding some ice, but it won't be long now so get those bass bugs tied up!
Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp is now full for both sessions.  We do have a wait list for this season and, if you would like to add your child, just drop a line to  We doubled our program this year and it still filled up very quickly.  We hate turning kids away so, we'll learn from this and expand the program even further next year. 
Don't miss the 2013 Ditch Pickle Classic!  To sign up your team, just send an email to with your team name and contact info and we'll reserve you a spot in Lake Champlain's exclusive catch-photo-release fly fishing tournament!

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