As noted below, my buddy Jim and I are giving a presentation about pond fishing Tuesday night in Pepperell at the Squanna-a-tissit TU chapter meeting. We have some ponds in our overview FF in NH pitch, but the prep for Tuesday required some additional material. Every season I probably spend 90% of the time fishing rivers and streams, but some of the best memories I have are of fishing ponds. Fishing rivers, I have almost limitless patience. As long as I am confident that there are fish there to be caught, I'll hike for miles and try hundreds of flies and consider it a success if I even see one fish inspect my offering. On the other hand, unless I see fish rising or catch one or two on a subsurface pattern, my patience on ponds has a short fuse. But when a pond is "on" there is nothing like it! Most of my best pond-fishing memories are of fishing the hex hatch in summer. Huge mayflies bring every fish in the pond up to the surface. But in May you can also have great days as the water warms in the afternoon and smaller mayflies begin hatching. One of my kids graduated from Plymouth State U. On May 18 of one of her years there, I went up there to move her out of the dorm. She was on one of the upper floors and they had assigned time slots for use of the elevator. Well I took advantage of the occasion to stop by one of my favorite ponds in the WMNF. Not much was happening until about a half hour before I needed to leave to be on time for the assigned elevator slot. Then it began - aggressive rises just off the canoe launch (I was wading.) I used a small beadhead mayfly softhackle and I must have caught over 30 fish in the next 90 minutes. I kept saying, if I make three casts without getting a fish, I'll change to a dry - I never changed flies. I reluctantly reeled-up with a few fish still rising. Suffice to say it was a tense ride home from school, but she got over it (Good practice in case she settles down with a flyfisherman.) Another great time to have a memorable day on a pond is in September, as the surface water cools. Flying ants are often the abundant insect on the water. That same pond has surrendered dozens of bright orange-bellied brookies on sunny September afternoons on big ant patterns and small hoppers. Well, back to my presentation. Click the title of this entry for a link to more info about pond fishing for trout.