Before getting into the fishing report, I wanted to let you know that we still have some openings for our Androscoggin Special Package Trips starting next Thursday and going through July 1. We are now accepting one-day, as well as two-day trips, and we also have some openings for singles, offering the maximum in flexibility. Details including videos and pictures of past trips are found here. River flow levels are great and the Alder Fly hatch should be epic this year!
Since my last post I have been all over the southern and central part of NH and parts of MA, as well. They say that the definition of insanity is repeating the same action over and over and expecting different results. Well, the Sugar River is driving me insane. I went there again last week with the same results. This time I only wasted an hour there before pulling out. "They MUST have stocked it by now," goes through my mind, but then I get proven wrong each time. Well, I can report that the Mascoma River FFO section held some fish - browns, rainbows and wild brookies - all of which were caught on a Stimulator skated through all the likely looking runs, pools and pocket water. From the Mascoma, I went across route 4 and then 104 to Bristol to fish the Newfound River. This entire trip was a "scouting expedition" to prep for a couple client trips. The Newfound was hard fishing, but I got 3 landlocked salmon, a rainbow and a brookie in the white water run immediately below the dam. (I don't consider this spot-burning, since I fished it hard for two hours and that is all I could dredge-up.) I got nothing in the dam pool or any other spot in the upper river on this trip. When I took the clients out, we also got fish in the runs and pocket water down-river from the upper section. Those fish were caught on green caddis larva under an indicator, woolly bugger, woodduck-orange, and elkhair caddis skated through the plunge-pools in the pocket water. It was tough fishing, but the fish are there if you can get a fly in front of their nose. We also hit the Contoocook River for a couple hours and were able to fool, but not hook a number of rising trout. Then last night I went over the the Bertozzi WMA on the Nissitissit River and got a nice rainbow on a dry. Also tough fishing, since when the water is low they have a lot of time to inspect your fly before biting. I'll be guiding the next couple days in the White Mountains.