Monday, July 26, 2010
Pemigewasset River mid-Summer adventure
Had a blast yesterday on the Pemigewasset River in the Woodstock/Thornton area. Two really nice people (Hi Kirk and Zeba!) wanted to learn to fly fish in New Hampshire and the Pemi was the place. Water temp was 68F, a little warm, but still fishable. The rain showers a few days ago charged-up the river and I hope the cooler nights we have been having will keep the water temperatures in the 60s. We found a few fish willing to whack a dry fly and a couple others willing to gobble a woolly-bugger. Skating a stimulator seemed to be the flavor of the day, so we obliged. One of the areas we fished was the "Exit 31 Project" completed last Fall by the Pemigewasset TU chapter. This area of the river had been a long extremely shallow riffle caused by an in-stream gravel operation. There was no holding water, pools or runs and no way for woody debris to accumulate to provide forage for aquatic insects. TU raised grant money to fund the project that involved dredging the channel, installing some weirs to create pools and runs, and doing some plantings of willows that will help stabilize the banks and provide riparian cover. The fish seem to like it and I think it will evolve into some great habitat. Here is a video of the trip.