Black River, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Black River, Vermont Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The Black River is OPEN YEAR ROUND! The Black has dropped to 186 CFS. There is less ice than last week and is some access is available. Avoiding ice shelves and pieces of ice/snow going downstream is the challenge. Exercise caution. Pretty time of the year on this river. Cover lots of ground looking for the fish-try above and below the trophy section. Water Temps are cold (34 and going down!) with the upcoming overnight lows. 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. The Black River Trophy Section has been stocked with 2 YR Rainbows. From Nov. 1 to Friday before the second Saturday in April, open ONLY TO TROUT FISHING (Catch and Release) using artificial flies and lures
Fishing Report Last Updated:
1 / 19 / 2021
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Black River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 38 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 33 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

Nice week without rain/snow. Maybe a little of snow on Thursday AM. Cold overnights of 8 on Wednesday and Saturday. Worth a try this week but don't travel too far because ice conditions could increase.


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