Last Fall was almost all on the Winooski, with a few trips over to some other LC tribs. The Fall fishing for landlocks was great! I found quite a few fish in some shallow water that were willing to play, even a laker(who almost beached himself chasing a streamer seconds after he saw it....crazy!) and some steelies mixed in! I caught salmon in the river all the way until mid December!
My usual spot, the Salmon Hole, wasn't very kind to me (although I didn't fish it that much in the Fall and Winter as usual) My first 6 landlocks were all long-distance releases...even one pig I'd say was easily over 8 lbs. When I finally did bring one to the net, it was a nice 26.25" hen that I ended up getting footage of!
Throughout the Fall, I didn't land as many steelhead as I thought I would, but I did end up getting a few as you can see in these videos.
As things started to get colder, and anchor/shelf ice started to form all over, I did what I could to bring a few more steelhead to my net but it just didn't happen. I had many fishless days, walking to the car in below freezing temps barely able to feel my feet, nose or hands. Fishing in blizzards, downpours....leaving home without even a memory of fighting a fish or even getting a take either swinging or nymphing. But when I finally did hook up, even for only a few seconds....it was all worth it!!
I ended up visiting some other Lake Champlain tribs in search of steel as the Salmon Hole closed and the ice started to melt. It seemed like every trip I was able to bring fish to the net!
Every person I went with usually got into fish as well(I love taking/going with people and helping them get on fish!), so it was a good transition for me into Spring of 2013.