Hope everyone had some happy holidays! Enjoy the break from work or school, the New Year (coming soon!), and the great weather. It’s been so warm recently! Who’da thunk we’d be seeing temperatures in the high 50’s?
Anyways, the warm weather has led to some good fishing. I landed 9 Nissitissit browns in the last 3 days; strangely, not a single rainbow. Fish are being taken on eggs and worms, along with the usual assortment of small nymphs. I landed 7 of my 9 bouncing eggs with a small ball of tungsten putty through deep pools. And an indicator is good for this as well.
One of my friends made a trip out to the Swift yesterday, and had great success. He landed 8 trout in the few hours he was there, mostly in the Bubbler Arm. He said that a two fly rig consisting of a pair of size 24 zebra midges did the trick. The fish are currently spooky, and you have to really sneak up on them. Some of the fish were stalked below the Y-Pool. It may be worth giving this river a shot.
Also, I spoke to some anglers I know in southern NH, and they all agreed that the Lamprey River is holding up decently. Woolly buggers and eggs are what I was told.
So give the rivers a shot, as they are all doing well for late December. It’s going to get colder soon, so expect the fish to be pushing deeper, but still be biting. I’ll be on the Nissitissit or the Swift on the 1st, probably around 5 in the morning. Gotta get that first trout of the year! Last year got one at 6:21… If you want to meet up, email me at te*********@gm***.com.