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

Flows continue to drop until we get some needed rain. Maybe later this week? Currently, the Black is at 105 CFS which is low but creates excellent pocket-water, holding large fish. With the clarity and low flows, being stealth and keeping your fly line off the water will help. Fish the cooler parts of the day and avoid direct sunlight. Reports of fish being caught on wiggly-worms, flashy nymphs, sculpin patterns, clawed changers and articulated streamers! Classic and jig nymph still doing the trick. Fish still being caught throughout the Black River watershed including wild & holdover rainbows & browns. If it looks good, fish it! Bug action has been good with golden stones, hendricksons, tan caddis, BWO's and Sulphurs. From Woodstock Fishing Guide Gregg Maddock: Black is the color on The Black. Add in Olive Wooly buggers when the water is clear. Kaufman Stones, Black & Olive Wooley Buggers with some green flash have been working for me and my guests. Vary your strips with streamers, consider changing your strips and depth before changing flies! Try slow retrieves with a hard stop. If you venture out from the usual fishing holes (pull offs) and do a bit of hiking, it will pay off! Consider throwing the biggest streamers you got. Get their attention and make it worth the effort to eat! From Woodstock Fishing Guide COLIN MACMILLAN: Spring is here and fishing has been great as of lately. Nymphing has been consistent, don’t ignore the riffles, fish are slid up chewing nymphs this time of year. There’s has also been great streamer fishing windows. Lower light periods are your best bet (dusk, dawn, and overcast days). Jigging small streamers has also been productive. Look to do that near structure like log jams or big boulders, a large fish can’t often resist a small streamer in its zone if presented properly. Dry fly fishing has been inconsistent with bugs sited but not a ton of risers, best chance is after sundown. Midweek and Weekend updates can be found on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. THE FLY SHOP @ THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT is open daily from 9am-5pm. We are located in our Spring/Summer/Fall location in the Activity Center (located behind the Woodstock Inn & Resort on Cross Street) After Hours: June 20 5:30-7 PM Join our Orvis Endorsed Guide Team and learn Basic Fly Casting and other fundamentals (equipment, gear & strategy), plus a different advanced topic at each gathering! Interested in Fly Tying? We will have a guide on the vise. Socialize and meet other anglers and “talk fishing.” This month we will talk and demo, SMALL STREAMS RODS & STRATEGIES (Orvis and Echo)! These events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP, walk-ins are welcome as space allows! Call 802-457-5530 or email fish@woodstockinn.com

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Map of Black River

Water Flow Data

5-Day Outlook as of 6/3/24

Flows are dropping and some rain will help not only the flows but water will insulate the water temps. Please carry a thermometer and if you practice Catch & release, consider not targeting trout when temps are in the 68-70 degrees F. Fishing the early mornings can be productive before trout hunker down for the afternoon. Evenings have been productive with most of the dry fly action happening then. The Bass bite has been on as they are in pre-spawn and any day now they should be on their beds. Get out and fish, now is the time! Good bug action with later morning, afternoon and evening hatches of golden stones (yellow sallies), Hendricksons, Sulphurs, Dark Grannnoms, Lacewings, Rusty Spinners! They seem to be liking the lighter color flies the best! Definitely seeing baitfish, so don't count out streamers! Midweek and Weekend updates can be found on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. THE FLY SHOP @ THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT is open daily from 9am-5pm. We are located in our Spring/Summer/Fall location in the Activity Center (located behind the Woodstock Inn & Resort on Cross Street). After Hours: June 20 5:30-7 PM Join our Orvis Endorsed Guide Team and learn Basic Fly Casting and other fundamentals (equipment, gear & strategy), plus a different advanced topic at each gathering! Interested in Fly Tying? We will have a guide on the vise. Socialize and meet other anglers and “talk fishing.” This month we will talk and demo, SMALL STREAMS RODS & STRATEGIES (Orvis and Echo)! These events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP, walk-ins are welcome as space allows! Call 802-457-5530 or email fish@woodstockinn.com

Techniques & Tips as of 6/3/24

Slow and low. Nymphs. Streamers. Swinging weighted flies or nymphing to get down. Fish the coolest part of the day and evening. Fish depth and structure. Midweek and Weekend updates can be found on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. THE FLY SHOP @ THE WOODSTOCK INN & RESORT is open daily from 9am-5pm. We are located in our Spring/Summer/Fall location in the Activity Center (located behind the Woodstock Inn & Resort on Cross Street). After Hours: June 20 5:30-7 PM Join our Orvis Endorsed Guide Team and learn Basic Fly Casting and other fundamentals (equipment, gear & strategy), plus a different advanced topic at each gathering! Interested in Fly Tying? We will have a guide on the vise. Socialize and meet other anglers and “talk fishing.” This month we will talk and demo, SMALL STREAMS RODS & STRATEGIES (Orvis and Echo)! These events are free and open to the public. Please RSVP, walk-ins are welcome as space allows! Call 802-457-5530 or email fish@woodstockinn.com

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:

Warmest Part of the Day

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