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Vermont trout season 2009 opens

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© 2009 Gordon Alexander
LENNY SHUFELT OF SUTTON VT WITH RAINBOW TROUT

GORDON ALEXANDER
Posted 04.14.09

COVENTRY, VT | Mother Nature co-operated with area anglers on April 11, providing a crisp, cool morning with sunny skies opening of the Vermont Trout Season, as fishermen got their tackle and fishing clothes out of winter storage and headed out to their favorite spring opening day fishing spot.

Even though the Willoughby River in Orleans was pretty but not the most productive fishing spot, it was near the Orleans County Rod and Gun Club's traditional fisherman's breakfast at the American Legion -- that in itself is usually a winner whether anybody catches a fish or not.

The Willoughby River is always worth a try though, according to local anglers and those who come back year after year.

In the Willoughby River there were fly casters and regular casters who landed a few but released them. There was the usual turnout on the Clyde River in Newport. Fun fisherman caught and released from the mouth of the river near Lake Memphremagog and back upstream for a half mile where catching fish was more of a dream than a reality for most and the landlocked Salmon was included with brown or rainbow trout as a goal.

At the Black River in Coventry anglers enjoyed more action with numerous fisherman healthy enough to be able to climb down the winding muddy cliff from the road to the water's edge without falling or running out of breath, were able to land some good-sized trout.

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© 2009 Gordon Alexander
ON THE BLACK RIVER IN COVENTRY VT

"They're biting,&;quot; one fisherman yelled out ."This morning I caught a erch just before I got my first trout."

Jerry Prue of Newport landed a handsome rainbow but wondered if he would keep it. Lenny Shufelt of Sutton had no trouble deciding that he was going to keep both of his trophy rainbows.

Most anglers will probably want to wait at least another month before getting serious about fishing and waiting for all ice to melt, water levels to drop, and water temperatures to rise into the lower 50s.

Fly fishing is more of a practice than a realistic effort as most fish that have any smarts know that it is to early for flies -- real ones that is, so usually don't put too much credibility in the sudden appearance of a May fly, unless they are awfully dumb or awfully stupid. Fly-casting is always pretty to watch and fun to do as the avid caster works out his technique in the stream.

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© 2009 Gordon Alexander
DAN DUBIE, CRAFTSBURY VT ON THE WILLOUGHBY RIVER

Cars lined the roadways and parking lots near streams and waterways as old fishing buddies met again to share in the fishing ritual that happens every year on the second Saturday of April. For the stream fisherman it has been a long winter.




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