Fishing Season: Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

White River - VT

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

70

Woodstock Inn's Tip of the Week

The White River is low at 218 CFS which is up from last week.. Consider fishing a number of low water spots where the river changes and what used to be a channel/run is now the river. Lots of Mayflys including Light Cahills are starting to hatch but not a lot of top water feeding but with this recent heat the rises have increased. Plus some Rusty Spinners in the evening, most likely Hendrickson's or Red Quill. Reports of smallmouth bass are picking up. Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides. Small black and large brown Stoneflies are hatching, plus we saw some Isonychia over the weekend. Olive and Black buggers still prove to be king on the White. Pat's Rubber legs, Sexy Stones, Hares Ear and Kaufman Stones getting their attention. Great time to use some traditional and modern streamers. Pound the banks looking for lurking Browns with streamers (black, white, purple, yellow). Water Temps below 55: Streamers down deep with nymphs. Bigger flies tend to do well on the White. When water temps are above 55: Tan caddis, BWO's and caddis/BWO emergers have been productive. Prince Nymphs and Copper Johns behind olive Wooly Buggers. Stoneflies and Isonychia shells continue to be on the rocks. When the water warms up, there can be some dry fly action on stimulators, caddis and hooper-dropper rigs! Stimulators, Royal Stimulator and Parachute flies (Adams). Dropping an emerger (klinkhammer) behind a bigger dry or floaty terrestrial has been effective.

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Map of White River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 6/21/21

Monday is hot (88 F) with chance of rain, thunderstorms and wind. Tuesday is shaping up nicely with a high of 68 and low of 46 and Wednesday (71/46). Flows may rise a bit and cool temps come mid week. Sunday bring scattered thunderstorms and some solid, needed rain! Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

Techniques & Tips as of 6/21/21

Anything that resembles a Stonefly nymph or minnow. Whether you are swinging flies or nymphing deep holes getting down to the fish is probably still the most important technique with and without indicators. Reports of fish caught on Olive buggers, Wiggly Worms and big streamers. Consider fishing the tributaries like the brooks and branches and the mouths of these waters. And not to forget the floaters, floating this river is the best way to cover ground and pound the banks!

Current Conditions as of 6/21/21

Monday is hot (88 F) with chance of rain, thunderstorms and wind. Tuesday is shaping up nicely with a high of 68 and low of 46 and Wednesday (71/46). Flows may rise a bit and cool temps come mid week. Sunday bring scattered thunderstorms and some solid, needed rain! Check for Midweek and Weekend updates on Instagram/Facebook at @woodstockfishingguides.

Local Species Available Second Saturday in April to Oct. 30 (See Year Round Season Special Regulations)

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    Brook

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    Brown and Rainbow trout

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    Bass

Woodstock Inn's Recommended Fly Patterns

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

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Black 8
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph Tan 8
Prince Nymph N/A
Klinkhammer N/A
Wooley Bugger Black/Olive 8/10
Schroeder's Hi-Vis Hopper N/A
Tungsten Cone Head Woolly Bugger Black 6

Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer

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Woodstock Inn's Recommended Gear

Description: About White River

If you're not fishing during the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31), a section of the White River is open year-round for trout fishing. White River: From the Connecticut River boundary upstream to the bridge on Route 107 in Bethel. The sections of streams listed below are open to trout fishing year round according to the following rules: Only artificial flies or lures are permitted outside of the open season for trout (2nd Sat. in April – Oct. 31). Catch and release only (trout must be immediately released where caught), except during the open season for trout. During open season for trout, follow normal size restrictions, daily limits and possession limits. The White River is a free-flowing, undamed, 60mile long tributary of the Connecticut River. It begins near the crest of the Green Mountains, flows east through the towns of Granville and turns south along Route 100 through the towns of Hancock and Rochester. This upper river section is home to wild Brook trout and Rainbows. The river follows Vermont Route 107 through the town of Stockbridge downstream to the town of Bethel, where the Third Branch enters the White River. The main stem of the river will continue past the Second Branch in Royalton and the First Branch in South Royalton. Brooks will feed the White from South Royalton to the confluence with the Connecticut River in White River Junction, VT.

Nearest Airport:

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

Best Stretch:

Upper: Rochester, Stockbridge. Lower: Royalton to West Hartford.

Best Access:

Bethel Bridge, South Royalton Bridge, Broad Brook Access, West Hartford Bridge