Wow, we are now getting payback for the warm dry winter. Rivers are incredibly low. Fish have been stocked just about everywhere, but because of limited holding water, they have been decimated. In the last week I have extensively scouted the Farmington, Squannacook, Nissitissit, Souhegan, Sugar, and Contoocook Rivers. I have been in contact with my network for the Millers, Pemigewasset, Saco and Winnipesaukee Rivers. The best fishing has been on the Farmington - no surprise there. It is a tailwater and even though running low, it is large enough for fish to have some refuge. Also, the Hendrickson hatch is about a month early and if you can fish it on a calm, sunny afternoon, you will be rewarded with some good dry fly action, as occurred this past Tuesday. On Wednesday, it was cloudier and breezy, so the hatch was a lot weaker and fewer fish were actively feeding.
We have all heard it before - its all about habitat. When we don't have runoff from snowpack and spring rains, the suitable habitat shrinks, the fish are more vulnerable to predators (including us!) and fishing experience diminishes. The bright side is that historically, things average out. Dry summer, wet winter - dry spring, wet summer, etc. Let's hope that when the pendulum swings the other way, it isn't too severe. I remember 2009 summer when we had a dry spring and floods from mid-May until mid-July. Luckily, I spent a lot of that time on the upper Androscoggin which was not affected as much as the southern tier of New England rivers. Also, did a lot of trout pond fishing, which isn't affected nearly as much as the rivers.
Let me know how you have found things on your local rivers and streams.