3 Streams in One Day

I fished all day Saturday. I was joined by my friend, Matt, who had never fished in the White Mountains so I was determined to put him on some fish. Instead of exploring like I have over the past 3 weeks, I decided to revisit some old haunts to see how they were still producing.

I met up with Matt at North Country Angler so that he could follow me out to the stream. I rigged up 2 fly rods and tied a number of pheasant tails and wooly buggers I was eager to test so needless to say, I gave my friend a hard time for bringing his spinning rod. Stream A produced right away with 2 brookies coming my way and several follows going Matt’s way. From then on, the fishing was surprisingly slow as the usual spots failed to produce the volume of fish that I’m accustomed to here. Matt continued to get follows but no hits. It was around this time that my friend told me that he should have fly fished, to which I replied “I told you so.” Eventually, the action picked right back up as we worked further upstream. Matt switched to fishing a panfish popper fly (still on a spinning rod) and started picking off fish regularly. We found some deeper holes in this section and it wasn’t long before we got into some solid fish between 6-10 in. Once we were satisfied with what we found, I suggested that we take a lunch break and try another stream for wild rainbows to change the pace.

Stream B was shallower and less shaded so the fishing was challenging. I picked up only one brookie on a dry and missed a nice wild bow, but the action wasn’t great. The fish were sitting in the faster, broken water so it wasn’t long before I started nymphing. Over the next hour or so, I picked up several brookies and one stocked bow. I lost a few wild bows in the process. Matt was much more at home at this stream and he picked off brookies, bows, and a lone brown with ease. He lost a very nice wild bow as well. As we worked our way upstream, it got cloudier and surface action picked up again. I caught a few more wild brookies on dries while Matt took a 5 minute breather before we turned back. I was a bit flustered that we didn’t catch (or land) any wild bows, but all things considered, I was very satisfied with how well the day went. Once we made it back to the fly shop, we parted ways, already planning a return trip around Labor Day weekend. The hot flies for the day were pheasant tail nymphs and red wulff patterns.

I hit Stream C alone on the way back home. It was a quick 20 minute pit stop at a promising road side pull off. I pulled out 5 brookies all on dries. It is amazing to see how productive the wild trout fishery is in the White Mountains. If priorities were shifted in Fish and Game’s stocking practices, we could have ourselves a little slice on Montana this side of the Mississippi.

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8 thoughts on “3 Streams in One Day

  1. Good read, Ashu, of your trip. I’m glad you guys connected with some of those beautiful native brookies. With regard to stocking over native fish, I will never be in support of that. Save the stocking for waters that can’t support trout year round in my opinion.

    1. Thanks Sam! I’m glad you agree. The Andro, Connecticut, and Saco are the only northern rivers that need stocking to keep up with fishing pressure. Even then, all 3 places have wild fish in them. Have you gone out lately?

      1. Ashu, I was out one night this week on an unpopular zone of a tailwater not far from where I live. That particular evening, I only saw one other angler and that was an eagle which flew not 20 feet over my head. That was quite a thrill being the eagle flew so close over me that I could hear the wing thrusts as it powered down stream.

        No action to speak of where I was fishing, I moved to another zone where I saw a fish hitting softly on top, maybe a nice trout or could be a fall fish, sometimes you can’t tell. I made a few drifts over it with a parachute adams with no response. My attention was fading as I began watching a pair of beavers going about their business hauling branches and such when suddenly I hear a splash and feel tension on my line. A very nice rainbow was brought to net and released. It had been in the river a while being this river has not been stocked in quite sometime. It never gets old feeling a good sized trout on the fly rod.

        Regards, Sam

  2. oh man Ashu, sounds like you had a great time, those are some great fish! I was up in the Whites fishing this past weekend as well! Hit some more remote places with my tenkara rod and got countless finger-sized wild brookies. You hit the nail on the head in regards to NH’s wild trout fisheries, with some better management we could have some truly incredible water up there.

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