I had heard that the trucks would be rolling this week to the Squannacook and Nissitissit Rivers. I couldn't find any evidence of trout on the Squannacook River yet. It was running quite high, and there were no anglers at any of the early stocking locations in Townsend. Either it hasn't been stocked or the locals are holding off until the water level drops a bit. On the other hand, the Nissitissit was stocked yesterday, April 10. There were plenty of people and trout at the Prescott Street bridge and the oil company. I walked into Gilman's Pool in the FFO section and saw no trout or fly fishermen. The only place I actually fished was the run downstream of the 111 bridge, along with four other guys. I was too lazy to put on the waders, so that is a spot where I could cover a little water without wading. Using a white clouser-bugger, I found a slot that yielded 6 strikes, with four landed - all nice, colorful, chunky rainbows. The biggest was over 12 inches and the smallest probably 10. Hopefully there will be a few fish still left in the water when it warms up next week.
Last week the Souhegan and Piscataquog Rivers were stocked. Both are running VERY high. They should also drop by next week. Finally, we will have lots of choices of where to fish. In a couple weeks we should start to see some quill gordons and that will mark the real beginning of the fly fishing season on local waters. Get out there and educate those fish before they all get taken home as table-fare.
We still have a couple spots open in our May 4/5 fly fishing school as well as the Intermediate class.