Since I got back from the New York trip, I have been out fishing almost every day. This amazing weather has extended the local fishing season beyond belief. Most days I go to the Nissitissit River in Pepperell, which is only about four miles from my house. Today I only got one fish, a surprising 13" brown without a mark on him. It was surprising, because browns have not been stocked there since early June. This one took a bite of my rootbeer BH woolly bugger. I lost about 8 or 10 flies, because the water level is now fairly low and there are lots of limbs and branches in the water from the storms of a couple months ago. The last few times I fished there I got at least 5 or 6 fish - all rainbows, mostly on some variety of egg pattern or a small softhackle.
Yesterday Jim and Dick and I fished the Sugar River in Newport, NH for a couple hours. Nothing. The water is still pretty high there - probably from snow-melt. There is still 8 or 10 inches of snow on the ground there. They were in the heavy snow belt from the storm last week and the warmer weather is melting the snow. The water temp on the Nissitissit River was about 44 today and 40 to 42 most of the last couple weeks. Pretty cold, but trout will still feed if you bounce something right on their nose.
Another presentation is coming up Thursday evening at the United Fly Tyers meeting in Woburn, MA. The topic this time is Fly Fishing NH. Say hi if you make it to the meeting.