Atlantic salmon video on my guiding website and thought that it would be fun. I recommended against it, since the water was a little high from the rain we had last Tuesday/Wednesday. But George really wanted to try it, so I agreed to take him to the Pemi, and depending on the water level, possibly go to the Lamprey or Cocheco Rivers in the afternoon. We started out below the Ayers Island dam in Bristol. It was a little high (about 2300CFS, while I prefer 2,000 or less.) We got one salmon there on a hair-wing Black Ghost streamer. It was his first salmon, and we were both glad not to be skunked. After a little while we moved down river to the Coolidge Woods Road section. The wading was a bit tough and we weren't able to get to some of my favorite spots, but after many casts and many fly changes, we saw a small salmon jump. George cast his fly in that direction and almost immediately he hooked a good fish.
It turned out to be the biggest salmon I have seen in at least 3 years. I estimate 25+ inches and 6 pounds or so. Welcome to fly fishing in NH! (Just don't expect this result every time!) We fished a little longer and then at lunch we discussed options. Since the water was too high to enable us to fish some of my best spots and it was totally unfishable in Franklin (they were releasing about 5,500CFS) we decided to hit one of the rivers in SE NH that have been stocked since the first of October. We only had time to fish one river, so we went to the Lamprey River. We proceeded to hook into about a dozen trout on a variety of nymph patterns - caddis larva, small Zug bugs, copper john, soft hackles, etc. It turned out to be a great day with both quantity and quality of fish exceeding expectations. A day to remember when the snow is flying and our thoughts turn to the fly tying table and fishing next season.
This week I might try the Swift, the SE NH rivers or maybe somewhere else. Stay tuned !