Friday, October 8, 2010

Better late than . . .

Thanks for your concern (a couple of you called and emailed to make sure I could still fog a mirror!) But no worries, I was either too busy or too lazy (go with the latter.)  Summer got to be pretty boring.  I had a lot of beginners out (that part was exciting) but the only place that had enough water flowing to float a strike-indicator was the Pemi around Woodstock/Lincoln.  Every time we fished it, fewer fish wanted to play the game, so it became pretty much an exercise in casting, mending, etc. without a lot of fish-landing practice.  Then we opened the house in Errol for our fall trip and all hell broke loose.  Fish everywhere!  Not copious quantities, but enough to keep things interesting, and some fish with some real girth!  That river is so fertile that you can't pick up a rock in the FF-only section without having caddis larva and stoneflies crawling over your hands. That is why the fish are so fat, and it also bodes well for the Alder fly hatch next June!  There was not a lot of dry fly action, although we did see a couple October caddis and quite a few Isonychias and we did get a few on Stimulators and Adams dries. When I get around to it, I'll be putting up a webpage with picutres, but these will have to do for now.


Oh, BTW, Mass Wildlife stocked last week, and you can't throw a rock into the Swift, Squannacook or Nissitissit Rivers without hitting a 12+ inch rainbow.  Other rivers are also stocked, but these are the ones I can personally attest to.


  1. Gerry,

    Glad to have you back on the scene!

  2. Gerry,
    Thought you had given up like the rest of us...
    I have not picked up my trout rods since July 4th weekend. Figured you were working off the honey-do list... Mine kept growing.

    Glad to see the Andro is in good shape. I have been cut off from fishing for a while. My new daughter showed up on broodstock weekend.

    Enjoy the last week of NH fishing and don't forget some of us live vicariously through your pics and stories....


  3. Today I was on the Upper Andro - cool, windy and fishy. Tomorrow on to the Pemi - Beginners with a thirst for fly fishing knowledge.
    Congrats on the new daughter!
    And I take seriously my mission of giving you guys a vicarious taste of the gentle art of the limber rod. I just hope I can stand up to the pressure!

  4. Gerry,
    Pemi- Broodstock? Let me know how it is... I may develop sniffles on Wednesday/Thursday.

    And to make things worst... I have a new Sage 6wt I picked up in August on clearance with an Orvis Battenkill (birthday present to myself) and haven't tied a fly onto it yet.

    Have fun and tight lines.