Thursday, August 2, 2018
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Yes, the water is low..so what, it's summertime and fish still need to eat! Yes, the biggest main stem rivers are warm / hot in the >>afternoon<< Hoosic, Black and Otter Creek are done for the season which is normal. I think you might want to get up earlier and be done at 10 or 11am. Use a thermometer and fish smart! Here in southern Vermont, our streams are largely spring fed too. Beginners are welcome! Daily trips start at 7am...call for openings 1-800-692-0103
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Knotted Leaders I use and tie my own knotted leaders. This is not really a cost saving plan. Instead, I believe its a more effective way to manage clients leader issues. I tie a stock leader being a 9' 4X leader. From this I can add 3' of butt section to make a 12' or better leader to fish the Battenkill. Or I can cut the butt back to make a short leader to fish mountain brooks. For lighter tippets...5 or 6X....I cut the 4X tippet on the stock leader and add more or lighter tippet. Here is the leader formula I use: Knotted 9 foot 4X leader: Butt 36" of .019 16" of .017 12" of .015 6" of .013 6" of .011 (0X) 6" of .009 (2X) tippet 26"of .007 (4X) Replacement mono or spools of mono I have in my vest for leader repair or tinkering: .019, 0x, 2X, 3X, lots of 4 &5X, 6X and in August 7X. Best bet if you are going to build some leaders is to buy a leader tie kit. Another advantage to tying some of your own leaders is the practice at knot tying....will help you on the water.
Monday, June 18, 2018
We sight fished all day for the annual Father's Day Classic! You see low water, we saw fish...big ones and lots of them.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018
Chuck carries three nymph boxes which depend on target and conditions. Some of these patterns will be switched for others around end of May. Work horse patterns are in his chest box and are all season flies. Call Chuck if you need some Kashner flies. Here are the fly patterns for Vermont and most of New England trout fishing: Work Horse Box: Kashner hide a bead tungsten nymph (Red Squirrel) 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 Kashner Brass BH nymph 10, 12, 14 Hares Ear med brown 12, 14, 16 Pheasant tail nymph 14, 16 Hares ear black nymph 8, 10, 12 BH Black Nymph 10, 12 Hendrickson nymph 12, March Brown Nymph 12, Isonymph 12 Copper John 12 GLO BUG / EGG BOX (Rainbows like breakfast in the spring) All eggs are in small and medium sizes in following colors: McCheese / Oregon Cheese, Cherise Pink, Iliamnia Pink, Hot Flame Orange,Steelhead Orange Trophy run hatchery fish box for:Walloomsac, Black and East Creek Big Soft Hackles med. brown and peacock 6, 8, 10 Red Ass 6, 8 San Juan worms and mop flies Zug bug / Prince 8, 10, 12 Sparrow Soft Hackle tan or insect green 6,8 GOT FLIES???? NEED FLIES???? CALL 1 800 682 0103... MC/Visa #....they will be in your box in a couple days!!!
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Most insects including aquatic insects have a 1 year life span. They hatch within days at the same time year after year. So as fly fishermen we can be prepared for major hatches far in advance. Below are the major hatches found in Southern Vermont: APRIL: Blue Quills, Black Midges, Black Stones, Black Caddis, Hendricksons MAY: Red Quills, Blue Quills, Tan & Olive Caddis, March Browns, Sulfurs JUNE: Gray Fox, Sulfurs/Cahills, Tan Caddis, Olive Caddis, Rusty Spinners JULY: Yellow Drakes, BWO, Dun Caddis, Hex (on lakes), terrestrials AUGUST: Tricos, Blue wing olives 16 to 22 (4 different species), Evening Duns SEPTEMBER: Tricos, Fall Caddis, Flying Ants, Isonychia, Tan Caddis OCTOBER: Fall Caddis, BWO, Olive Midges and Woodcock hunting is good too.
Monday, January 22, 2018
I am tying flies and running ice fishing trips! New toys are arriving daily as well as tying material. A major part of off season is booking trips and getting the right people into the right dates. With that in mind, I'll nut shell to you the basic seasonal plan: Jan to March: Ice fishing for Northern Pike and Bass on Lake St. Catherine and stocking your fly box with custom orders. On the right tool bar down near the bottom is a redirect to my Ice Fishing site.