Oct. 17, 2009

by Brian Zinger on October 17, 2009

It’s been a long cold week and a half and the catching has tailed off.  Getting out fishing has been beautiful, with snow on the mountain tops and peak foliage hasn’t been to hard to take.  Last week I spent a few of days with a couple good friend, Charlie, Blake, and Hal, in the Adirondacks.  We stayed in the Gladstone House which gives us access to the Schroon, W.Br. Ausable River, Upper Hudson, Indian River, Mill creek.  Everyday the high temp was 20 degrees below the season avg. The river temps were around 40.  One day there was snow on the river banks and a wind chill of 10 above.  We opted to have a COLD beer and watch football.  We caught a couple of fish on BWO’s one day, but the fly of the trip was a #12 Yellow Hornberg. Charlie did a stroke of business tossing it into the current and swinging into the soft edge.  Fish hammered it as he “stripped and twitched” it back to him.

Two day’s ago, I had return clients from a trip cut short last May due to high water. The men were eager to get out. The snow falling and air and water temps hovering around 40 could not dampen there spirit.  Chris, Fin and Scott are business associates in the area, who decided to have a business trip on the river.  We Fished the Winooski from Middlesex to Bolton and had a pretty good day given the crazy conditions. I set them out with my 3 favorite color woolly buggers. After a bit, Fin missed a fish then quickly had another on.  He caught and released a beautiful 15″ wild rainbow on the Olive Woolly bugger.  He no sooner got back to fishing and he missed one and then hooked up on a hard fighting !6″ wild bow.  It wasn’t long before all the men had olive buggers on and catching fish.  All of this catching took place in 1 1/2 hours, then it was back to working hard in some great surrounding.

Yesterday I had another return tripper from earlier this year. Jim is another local man out to learn some new water and find out how tough fishing in the fall can be. We fished the Gihon and Lamoille with no luck.  Water temp on the Gihon and other trib’s where 39 and the Lamoille was 41.  Jim worked hard bouncing streamers and nymphs in a rainbow of colors.  We left a couple on the bottom as we tried to bonk fish on the head.

Conditions should remain the same until next week we might get back to more seasonal weather.  Any day could produce a good BWO hatch. Look for damp, overcast, warm days.

Salmon fishing has been picking up and with the cold, the river banks are not so populated.

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