Happy New Year! The Otter is high (2,500) and a bit off color. Rain and snowmelt will keep the Otter at an above average flow. If your looking for Trout try nymphing with combos of bright colored nymphs and natural ones. For high water success try a weighted Golden Stone and drop off a Pink San Juan. White Wolly Buggers are a key fly in high water as well!
On Christmas Eve our guides were out on the Otter taking a break from last minute shopping. Sutton was catching Browns on PT Nymphs with a Rainbow bead head in the Middlebury area. I was in the Brandon area looking for Pike. I had one crush a Perch Deceiver tied by another Stream & Brook guide (Kevin Ramirez) called the "PNasty's D"
Just got a text from Mike T. He just got broken off by a huge Christmas day Pike. It bit right through his steel leader! So even though it's almost January the Pike are still putting on the feedbag. For photos of yesterdays catch's check out streamandbrook.com or our Facebook page.
The Creek is very high for early January 2,500 cfs and may be even going up with rain we had on Sunday/Monday. The Otter is very fishable but use caution if you venture out on the rivers this time of year! A cold snap this week should drop the Creek quickly but will also make fishing tough. It may hit 13 below zero on Wednesday!