Last week we had our Autumn all-inclusive Sporting Lodge trip to the Androscoggin River in and around Errol, NH. Nine days in a row with maximum capacity every day have Jim and I ready to take a break. Jim and Duchess (his English setter) are waiting out the rain to go bird hunting. I am busy booking trips for tomorrow, Friday, Sunday and next week! The Androscoggin was running high and warm - 2,710CFS, versus a normal 1,500CFS and 64F to 68F versus 55F to 60F normally. Either because of the real hot summer, or the high water from Irene and other unnamed storms, the fish were spread out. Also due to high water, I couldn't get to all my good wading spots. That being said, we still had a great time and some pretty good fishing. Everybody got some fish and a few (that means you Kevin and George) got a lot of fish and some real nice ones, too! Here is Susan from Pepperell with the largest trout she has caught on a fly, a beautiful 14-inch rainbow caught on a soft-hackle as a dropper behind a Stimulator. She landed a 12-inch rainbow about 10-minutes later - nice job Susan! Earlier in the trip, Kevin and Mike got into some nice fish, including this nice brookie that Mike is holding in the photo above. As usual, we had quite a few beginners and novices
with us and it was gratifying to see the progression in their skill. There were quite a few "first fish on a fly; first on a dry fly; first brookie" so the excitement level was always high. Fun for the clients and fun for Jim and I. We had a few clients that are experienced and have fished out west and around the world. They enjoyed the beautiful river, foliage and NH fish. Here is Shawn having a great time with a NH brook trout.
We caught a lot of fish using soft-hackle droppers off the bend of dries or streamers. Others took the dry or streamer. On the boat, Jim also had quite a few on nymph rigs with indicators. I took dozens of pictures that I will send to the clients, but these should give the flavor of the river, the fish and the foliage.
The MA rivers are receiving their fall stocking this week and the SE NH rivers will get their fall load of trout on Oct 15 and 16. They should also be putting in the broodstock Atlantic salmon soon. NH Fish and Game biologist Matt Carpenter said that since returns of sea-run fish was so good this year, there would probably be extra fish stocked. I can't wait to get one of them on and hear the drag singing! Tight lines!