Fishing Outlook & Conditions
Stream and Brook Fly Fishing's Tip of the Week
Use an indicator and work under the many waterfalls around the fast water. I use a cone head Wolly Bugger as the lead fly. Mostly in Black, White or Rusty Brown. Off the bend of the hook add 20" of tippet and tie on a Prince Nymph, Golden Stone or Copper John. This is a great way to cover lots of water and catch some nice Trout. The Otter has been so high that you will be able to work many areas that have not been fished yet this season! I tend to use a 9' 6wt for this so you can flip this set up father up into hard to reach places. I had a client from Seattle doing this Monday in the Rutland area and he caught 4 or 5 nice Browns. Some on the streamer and a few on the dropper nymph. He also caught two nice Browns in an Ausable Bomber. First dry fly action I've seen this season!
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Water Flow Data
5-Day Outlook as of 7/20/17
The current flow of the Otter is 1280 with great clarity. The water temp is 40. The Otter will be high for probably at least two weeks. Very little water flooded into fields as most has drained back into the river.
Techniques & Tips as of 7/20/17
This time of year the Pike fishing is outstanding ! Yesterday I had a client catch 4 Pike. His first one ever was 33" and we ended the day getting a trophy that was just over 39"!! We were focusing on spots where rivers and farm field ditches enter the Creek. We caught fish in Proctor all the way to Weybridge. It was a full day walk n wade trip and we covered a ton of water. Pink / White and Red / White flies had the most action. Use a 8-10wt with sinking line. Have a steel leader, have long nose pliers and a big net with you when targeting Pike.
Local Species Available Year Round
Brown & Rainbow Trout
Smallmouth Bass & Pike !
|Foam Park Hopper||N/A||12-14|
|Bead Head Prince||natural||6|
|Conehead Rubber Bugger||Green||14-20|
|Gray Fox Variant||Pink|
Foam Park Hopper
An effective Yellowstone area grasshopper fly pattern that will work well for you locally, too.
Super Strong Plus Leaders
SuperStrong Plus Tippet in 30- and 100-meter spools
Best Fly Fishing Rod:
9-Weight 9' Fly Rod
Best Floating Fly Line:
Best Sinking Fly Line:
Bank Shot Sink Tip Fly Line