There is still snow in the woods and a few vestigial plow-drifts at the shady end of a few driveways, but today it finally felt like spring. My guiding partner Jim and friend Dick and I scouted a couple rivers today for our upcoming Northeast Fly Fishing School classes. Last week the Squannacook and Nissitissit River in Massachusetts and the Souhegan River in New Hampshire were stocked. Stone flies and a couple mayflies were buzzing around on the Squannacook River. We all stung a few fish and some were even landed. We ran into to David (Hi David!) who had been fishing since early morning. He probably caught every fish in the river at least twice! David attended our Fly Fishing School a few years ago and then we guided him on the Androscoggin River at our lodge. Our prize student!
The water temp in the Squannacook was 47F and the flow was about 200CFS. If you got deep and bounced a fly on their nose, they would take, but weren't in the mood to chase anything. After hitting a few spots on the Squannacook we hopped over the border to fish the Souhegan DHZ in Greenville. Water was 48F and the flow reported for Milford was 560CFS, although up in Greenville it would have been a lot less. Stocking occurred the week of April 1, but no fish were evident in the two spots we hit.
Next Monday, April 22, my partner Jim and I will be on the program at the Boston TU Chapter April meeting. We will be presenting our New England Fly Box presentation, which describes our favorite flies, the hatches they target and some rivers to fish them. The meeting is at Drumlin Farm on Rte. 117, Lincoln MA. Doors open at 6:30PM. We hope to see you there!