July 19th,2009

by Brian Zinger on July 19, 2009

Apparently Mother Nature doesn’t like when I leave the state during fishing season.  I have had business both person and professional since I last wrote, so I haven’t been on the water at all. I had some knowledge of the rain Vermont was getting during the week leading up to July 4th.  The realization was the chocolate water that I could see from the Airplane as I approached Burlington.  According to my rain gauge we received 4.7 inches of rain during that week.  We have already received that much this month.  In general all waters are high and cool for this time of year.  The clarity is what has been frustrating.  It was just this kind of weather that inspired me to start fishing lakes and ponds. Speaking of which, I missed the Hexagenia hatch. From most accounts,  I didn’t miss much.  Any one with a good story about this years hex hatch I would love to hear it.

Yesterday, I hit Lake Champlain scouting for Gar.  The activity of these fish has been slowed this year due to high water levels and cool water temps. Again we were unable to locate any Gar and again we resorted to hunting Bowfin.  This is the first year I have pursued these fish and they are quickly becoming a fav particularly when rivers are stuffed.  Between 4 of us we caught and released close to 20 fish.  Most of the fish were in the 3 -5 lbs. range and the biggest being 9 3/4 lbs.

For the upcoming week, expect river condition to remain the same as more rain is forecasted all week.  The name of the game will be nymphs and streamers in the quiet section, eddies, banks and the inside edge of bends.

People waiting on their fly orders should expect them in the next 2 weeks.  Sorry for the delay.

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