Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Things Are Coming Around


Water levels on our smaller streams have dropped significantly and the Lamoille is running at it's seasonal average around 14oocfs. Because things have been pretty cool, we're not seeing a whole lot of bug activity yet and trout are still in winter sluggish mode, but I have heard from some guys catching brookies and the occasional brown. It's best to avoid the spawning tribs for now if you care about wild fish.
Steelhead are being caught around the state with mixed results. Things up north are still pretty chilly and, believe it or not, there's still snow on the ground in many northern locations! There are undoubtedly steelhead in the system thanks to a prolonged period of high flows. I'd expect now that flows are dropping and temps are rising, the steelhead game will turn on fast. On a similar note, the reports I've gotten from Great Lakes steelheading are off the hook in case you get that itch. We've got all the flies you need for steelhead tied right here in Vermont! For egg patterns, all you need is Sucker Spawn in various colors and some nymphs like the Squirmy Caddis. You could always swing something like a Crystal Zonker as well.
Also reports of Lake Trout cruising the shallows of some of our bigger lakes. Now's your chance to get on them before they go down deep until the Fall. For flies, pick up a couple Stanley's Half'n'Half or Noah's Big Belly Streamer and go at it! It's always tough to beat a Clouser Minnow as well!

Remember that all flies sold here at GMT are tied right here in Vermont! We'll be featuring many of our patterns in our Tuesday Tying Video Series and posting the videos to our Vimeo Page, Facebook and our website HERE!