Black River, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Black River, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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The Black River is up to 147 CFS as of Monday morning. Water Temps have been cooling with overnight lows but warm up to 80 degrees by noon even with the cooler nights. The crowds are less with these water conditions but there are still a few anglers hunting for the Trophy stocked fish. Best bets are to fish early, early AM. Rather than fish right at the pull-out (very little water at most pull outs) take a long walk and explore water with shade from trees and boulders. And with low water conditions, the fish will be in the deeper holes and hiding in the shadows of rocks. There continues to be solid bug action of size 10-12 dark and golden stone flies and may flies and tan caddis coming off the water. Copper Johns were HOT this weekend. Reports of fish rising to Hoopers (Bean's Orange Crush and Psycho Ants). Slow and Deep with streamers and nymphs. Try some larger stonefly nymphs, black and green. The Black River Trophy Section has been stocked with 2 YR Rainbows.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 6 / 2020
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Black River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 80 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Early morning until dark

Best stretch: Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from covered bridge near Downer's Corners, upstream to Howard Hill Rd. bridge.

Best access point: Trophy Section

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Hopper Crayfish Sculpin Caddis

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: Year round. Nov. 1 to Friday before 2nd Sat. in April, catch and release only

Nearest airport: Lebanon, NH, Rutland, VT, Boston, MA, Burlington, VT

Black River Description

One of Vermont’s “Trophy Trout” stocking program rivers. Fish the Black River along Route 131 in Weathersfield and Cavendish, from Downers covered bridge upstream (approximately 4 miles) to the next bridge across the river, the Howard Hill bridge. Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout: length limit, none; daily limit, 2 trout aggregate Open year-round from Howard Hill bridge downstream to CT River. Nov. 1 to ...

Techniques & Tips

Nymphs. Streamers, Hopper dropper.

7-Day Forecast

It's now July and we are at the end of "prime time" on the Black River. Consider getting out early in the morning and walking to spots further along the river from the turnouts. We're talking 6 AM or earlier, the sun was beating down on the river by 7:30 AM on sunny days. The week begins cooler with highs in the low 80's on Monday and Tuesday and then 86+ kicks in on Wednesday with Thunderstorms in the forecast that day. 90 and 88 degrees on Thursday and Friday with PM Thunderstorms on Friday. Overnight lows are in the high 60's later in the week which is not going to cool the river much overnight.

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