Fishing Season: Year round. Nov. 1 to Friday before 2nd Sat. in April, catch and release only

Black River - VT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

65

Woodstock Inn's Tip of the Week

The Black River flows are up a bit to 119 CFS on Monday morning, which is low, but very fishable flows. Reports of fish being caught in the Trophy Section since the air temps have cooled down and with overnight lows, cooled down the water temps nicely. Fish are picky and focusing on emergers. Streamers have been the best bet. Midweek and Weekend updates can be found on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

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Map of Black River

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 9/13/21

Nice warm temps during the day this week with warmer overnight lows in the low 60's after Monday overnight low of 49. Wind on Monday, Rain on Wednesday. Possible showers with small amount of rain on Friday and Saturday. Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/13/21

Nymphs. Streamers, Hopper dropper.

Current Conditions as of 9/13/21

Nice warm temps during the day this week with warmer overnight lows in the low 60's after Monday overnight low of 49. Wind on Monday, Rain on Wednesday. Possible showers with small amount of rain on Friday and Saturday. Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

Local Species Available Year round. Nov. 1 to Friday before 2nd Sat. in April, catch and release only

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    Trout

Woodstock Inn's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Flying Ant Olive
Chernobyl Ant N/A
Hopper White
Cream Variant N/A
Stonefly Nymphs green 16
Wooley Buggers Black/Green 8
Quasimodo Pheasant Tail N/A
Bead Head American Pheasant Tail N/A
Streamers White/Green 4
Copper John N/A

Flying Ant

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Woodstock Inn's Recommended Gear

Description: About Black River

One of Vermont’s “Trophy Trout” stocking program rivers. Fish the Black River along Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from Downers covered bridge upstream (approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge across the river, the Howard Hill bridge. Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: length limit, none; daily limit, 2 trout aggregate Open year-round from Howard Hill bridge downstream to CT River. Nov. 1 to Friday before the second Saturday in April, open ONLY TO TROUT FISHING (Catch and Release Only) using artificial flies and lures.

Nearest Airport:

Lebanon, NH, Rutland, VT, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT

Hatches:

Hopper Crayfish Sculpin Caddis

Best Time to Fish:

Early morning

Best Stretch:

Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from covered bridge near Downer's Corners, upstream to Howard Hill Rd. bridge.

Best Access:

Trophy Section