Report Originally from Middlebury Mountaineer.
Well. Welcome back to the on again and off again spring here in Vermont. From conditions late last week that featured active bugs and fish to today's winter-like feel. Despite that things are really gearing up at the shop for the Fly Fishing Flim Tour and the Otter Creek Classic #8. There are still a few tickets left for the Film Tour. Call the shop if you haven't gotten a ticket yet. Also as a friendly reminder, if you are signed up for the classic please have all the necessary paperwork taken care of before Friday if possible, especially your 2016 VT fishing license. It will make the meeting run smoothly and we can all have more time to hang out and enjoy the excitement that opening day has to offer.
I was able to get out a bit during the warm spell, mainly in NY and much to my surprise on opening day! There were many more anglers out than any other time during the winter. After I found some water to myself, I found active fish, even a decent rainbow doing a couple leaps for me! The cooler weather this week will have an impact on fish activity, but a push of water near the end of the week will probably have them feeding again.
The Lake Champlain tribs seem to be putting out some fish still, but again a bunch of anglers are there targeting those lake fish. Look for some of the pressure to subside after opening day, as that much more water is going to be open after Saturday.
I would suggest to keep fly selections fairly simple right now, with streamers and bigger nymphs as some of the go to flies. Don't be afraid to change it up a bit however. I had some good success nymphing recently with smaller streamers as opposed to a big stonefly.
Good luck to everyone competing in the classic. Hope to see you out there,