Friday, May 26, 2017

Late May report

We are over a month into the trout season and so far so good.  Steelhead season gave up some nice fish and as of now, we have been getting rain when we need it.  Hendricksons have hatched and are now waning giving way to sulphers.  While the henricksons were plentiful there was very little surface activity to speak of. I have yet to catch a fish on a dry fly this year and in general, the dry fly bite has been slow to pick up but, that should change over the coming days.  We had some trips out this week and while 2 were successful, one was very slow.  The slow trip took place on the Winooski on a weekend and I was blown away by the fishing pressure. Throw in groups of paddlers out and about and it makes for an interesting experience.
GMT client this week from a trip with
guide Dalton Harben
Looking ahead we have pretty good fishing weather in the immediate future.  Air temps in the 60's and low 70's are keeping the rivers nice and cool.  Even though you can fish throughout day we are about to enter that time of year where morning and evening fishing are the time to be out.  The sun rides high on these long days and the trout are more likely to play when light is low or its overcast. Not to mention hatches will be most common in the p.m.
For flies we have been using streamers as they seem to be turning the most fish.  I have caught some on #12 pheasant tails as well.  Prince nymphs and copper johns are also reliable for the rest of the summer. Throw some hares ears in olive and natural in your box as well and you should be all set as far as nymphing.  Expect to see #14 sulphers, #10 march browns, #14 tan caddis and #10 brown drakes over the next couple weeks.  Speaking of drakes, memorial day marks the time of year when large drake mayflies start hatching in our coldwater ponds.  Grey, Brown, Yellow drakes and Hex mayflies will all start making an appearance in the weeks
to come.
Rivers have been stocked for the most part and fish have been spread throughout the waterways.  VT fish and wildlife made an interesting switch this year and stocked 2700 brook trout in the Lamoille in Hardwick to Wolcott.  This seems like less than ideal brook trout habitat and I wonder if it was a decision based on science or a financial one.  I trust our biologists know more than me but I will say that the rainbows thrived upstream last year so I can't the rational here.  Well that's about it. Don't forget the ditch pickle classic tourney takes place on Lake Champlain this June 24th-25th.  Save the date and come join the fun.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

2017 TROUT SEASON OPENS!

                                                                      Egg Patterns

Happy 2017 trout season to all the anglers out there.  As any Veteran VT angler would tell you, the start of the season is often a hurry up and wait approach.  Nevertheless, there are always opportunities for those willing to brave the elements and the high/cold water.  Steelhead, pike, and browns are often your best bet early in the season.  If you're targeting resident trout, finding a thawed beaver pond can pay off as well.  Also, when fishing rivers, try to pick your watershed accordingly.  You do not want to be fishing drainages that funnel tons of snowmelt this time of year.  Look for lower elevation areas that don't drain the spine of the greens, which are loaded with snow still.  We continue to have a decent snowpack (112 in. on Mt. Mansfield as of today) unlike last year and that is going take awhile to dissipate. 

This time of year I personally only throw 2 types of flies for trout - eggs and streamers.  You will see little stoneflies on the warm days and common sense will tell you to tie one on but in my experience I have had very little luck with that approach.  It is a tough sell to ask a trout to move through cold heavy water to eat a #16-#18 stonefly.  It seems like too much effort for too little reward but a protein filled egg or meaty streamer....that's another story.  Don't get me wrong, fish definitely will eat early stones in front of them but I myself have not had much luck "matching the hatch" in Early April.

That's my two cents for April fishing.  Use weighted heads or split shot and slow down your drifts and retrieves whenever possible.  Stay safe while wading this month and when you snag up (which you should be) use common sense when wading out to save your fly or just don't attempt it.  The same goes for crossing rivers on warm days when flows can increase quickly from the sun.  Good luck out there and enjoy all the fishing options VT has to offer.   


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Thanks!




 Hello friends,
I am writing to inform you all that as of today the Green Mountain Troutfitters fly shop in Jeffersonville will be permanently closed for business.  It has been an amazing adventure over the past 12 years but now the time has come to close our doors and move ahead.  I will still be running the GMT guide service, GMT Custom Flies, GMT Social Media and helping to facilitate Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps. In addition I will be helping to run The Ditch Pickle Classic as well as doing river clean-ups and tree plantings through Trout Unlimited and various conservation groups. 

There is not enough room here to express my thanks to everyone we have interacted with over the years.  To our clients, customers, campers, followers and peers, I hope you all learned as much from us as we did from you.  And of course, a big thanks to our former manager Chris Lynch who did the heavy lifting on the retail and administrative fronts for over a decade.

Our website is still active, as is our web store so, if you want any flies tied for the upcoming season, would like to book a trip, or any GMT memorabilia hit us up there or at gmtvermont@gmail.com.


 Peace and see you on the water.  Mike Kontos owner/guide

Saturday, September 10, 2016

It's Been Real


Today is a bittersweet day for me. As I loaded my 12 year old Golden Retriever, Sadie into the car this morning, it dawned on me that Sadie was born the same year as was Green Mountain Troutfitters...2004. 
After 12 incredible seasons, today is my last day at Troutfitters and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had here and for the amazing people I've gotten to know during my time at GMT. 
In a sense, it seems like just yesterday that Mike and I sat in his living room brainstorming plans for what would become the Green Mountain Troutfitters. But my elderly dog Sadie is a reminder for me of just how long it's been since we flipped that sign to "Open" for the very first time in 2004, and how many great memories have been packed into the past 12 years running GMT alongside a great friend.
Although I'll be taking on a new career within a different industry, I will remain actively involved in the outdoor industry and continue to facilitate Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camps and the Ditch Pickle Classic. You may not see me in the shop anymore, but you'll certainly see me on the water!
Mike will be manning the shop Wednesdays - Sundays (Closed Mon/Tues) through the end of the season, so make sure to swing in for a visit whenever you can.
Thanks to all for putting up with me all these years. It's been real.

                                                                          Best <"(((><
                                                                     
                                                                              Chris

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DPC Crowns New Champ!

2016 Ditch Pickle Classic Champ - Dillon Brooker (Kind of a Big Dill)
Sorry for the long delay in posting folks. We hosted 165 anglers for the Ditch Pickle Classic this past weekend and session #1 of Green Mountain Fly Fishing Camp kicked off this week, so we've been running on all cylinders just trying to keep up!
What a great weekend it was to be on Lake Champlain for the 2016 DPC! It was an exciting event as always and we crowned a new DPC Champ! Head over to www.fishthepickle.com and check out the full tournament recap and standings. Huge congrats to Dillon Brooker and team, Kind of a Big Dill on the win! These guys really deserved it! 2017 DPC is already set for 6/24-6/25!!
We are running a Ditch Pickle Productions video contest until late July and we're giving a DJI Phantom Drone to the winner!!! Check out our first entry from the guys at Presenting the Fly and Rising Tide Anglers...

We had some serious storms roll through yesterday afternoon that dropped up to 3" of rain on some areas in a very short period of time! The majority of the Lamoille is chocolate milk today and will take a couple days to calm down. 3" of rain fell between Eden and Jay, so the Gihon is a mess but the Brewster is crystal clear. Prior to the rain, water levels were very low and the lake is about 3' below average, so that is some welcome water around here!
The recent heat has been too much for our trout streams, so focus should really be on warm water until things cool off. Bass fishing has been really good with the fish moving into their summer haunts, making things a bit more predictable. 
We've extended our Catch'n'Click contest until July 8th to allow more time for photo submissions, so get the GMT app and submit those photos!
Here's our most recent 2 entries...
Wild Brownie on a Big Stimulator (Peyton Horst)

Want Some Butter With Your Morning Toast? (Peter Logan)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Catch 'N' Click

Brian Cadoret and his entry in our Catch'n'Click Photo Contest
We are amidst a great string of trout fishing conditions! The weather is warming fast, but with cooler nights and decent flows, the bigger rivers have been in great shape. The Lamoille was 66 degrees last night at dark. There were a mix of drakes and isonychias with some decent surface feeding activity. Mike lost a dandy of a fish and brought several others to hand on his brown drake cripple pattern. Keep those thermometers handy and take advantage of the cooler weather while it lasts!
Even on a tough bite, Matt Applebaum produces the fish!
The cooler temps this week have put the bass fishing in a little bit of a flux. A change of 10 degrees +/- coolers gets those fish singing a different tune and a little bit more finicky to figure out. As a fly guy primarily, I struggle a bit in those situations since I really try to force-feed a surface bite as much as possible, especially with clients in the boat. It's hard to argue that surface bites are far more exciting.  This warm up will get those fish in a better rhythm for sure! Tag-teamed a trip of mixed fly and spin anglers with Matt the other day and Matt proved why he is the man with the plan when it comes to the conventional bass game!
Happy Client w/ Not-So-Happy Fish
If you haven't downloaded our new app yet, get on board! We have a Catch'n'Click photo contest going on right now until 6/24 and you can win free stuff just by submitting your best photo! Also keep up on river flows, weather, reports all in one place!