For the holiday weekend, I had a family obligation in Middlebury, VT. Of course, I had to fish a bit.
I painstakingly looked at Google Maps, and Dave at the Middlebury Mountaineer was kind enough to give some pointers. Their web site also has some great write-ups on some of the local waters.
So, loaded with flies, I hit some waters. I was pumped when the water temp. was about 50 °F. So many fishy runs and quiet seams. Everything looked gorgeous. Literally, miles and miles of some of the prettiest waters I’ve ever seen. Water was everywhere. So many rivers and tributaries. Here is a typical view, which is of the New Haven River:
The state has not yet stocked, but I targeted waters known for housing holdovers, as well as wild browns and rainbows.
I mean zilch. No bumps even. I targeted deep trenches, quiet seams and gentle tailouts. I tried different flies, presentations and techniques. I moved to different spots and different bodies of water over and over. I lost over a dozen nymphs on deep structure.
Still, it is absolutely gorgeous country up there. Water was very high, with some rivers at the flood-stage. So, I will use that as my face-saving excuse.
I’ll be back, though.