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 has dropped to 86 CFS which is low. Really pretty time of the year. Water Temps are cold with the overnight lows. With low water conditions, the fish will be in the deepest 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. We've seen some smaller Blue Winged Olives as well. Slow and Deep with streamers and nymphs are the best bet. Try some larger stonefly nymphs, black and green. Try working your way above and below the trophy section, finding the fish will be the key this time of year. The Black River Trophy Section has been stocked with 2 YR Rainbows.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
10 / 26 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Black River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 58 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

Person Fishing in a stream

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

Rain on Monday may bump up the flows a small bit with big rain (1.8 inch) on Thursday starting on the early evening and then rain/snow with 1.5 inch expected on Friday with an overnight low of 19 on Friday. So, flows will be up big up (check gauge in case river is above 600 CFS) for Saturday and Sunday. Windy on Wednesday and Friday and Sunday.


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