Monday, October 1, 2012
I just got back from two weeks in Errol, NH guiding and fishing the Androscoggin River. The dog days of summer are definitely behind us and the Andro has rebounded nicely. Water temps started in the mid-60s and steadily dropped to the mid-50s - perfect! It seems that every day the water temp dropped the foliage color increased, until both were at peak condition. This boded well for the fishing, which was much better than last September, in the aftermath of Irene. Early on there were some large orange caddis (about a 12), small black caddis (size 16) and a few Isonychia mayflies. Later in the trip I saw some small tan/gray caddis. We caught a lot of fish on dries that imitate those insects. The other big producers for me were woolly buggers (my woolly-crayfish and bruiser-woolly.) Some also were caught on soft-hackle droppers of the streamers and dries. A couple days we had some free time, which I spent exploring/scouting/fishing. One day my partner Jim, his wife Barb and I spent a few hours drift fishing, which is shown in the video. It was probably the best day of the trip. We caught a lot of fish and had a great few hours on the water together. Most of our time together is spent entertaining clients in the lodge or doing behind-the-scenes work, so this was a welcome diversion. We also spent a couple hours fooling wild brook trout on a FFO pond. I hope to get some time to put together some pictures/videos from that trip, as well as a few more foliage and client/fish pictures.