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:

68

Woodstock Inn's Tip of the Week

The Black has settled and sits at 173 CFS which is a nice flow. Overnight lows in the low 60's and 50's is keeping the water temp down. Air temps come down Wednesday until Sunday with highs in the mid 70's. Reports of fish caught on nymphs, streamers, wiggly worms and dries. As long as there's water and low overnight temps, the Black will still be fishable! Midweek and Weekend updates can be found on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

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Map of Black River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 7/26/21

Some rain on Wednesday and T-Storms on Friday but not enough water to disrupt the flows. Weekend should be good. Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

Techniques & Tips as of 7/26/21

Nymphs. Streamers, Hopper dropper.

Current Conditions as of 7/26/21

Some rain on Wednesday and T-Storms on Friday but not enough water to disrupt the flows. Weekend should be good. 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