Few places are as hauntingly beautiful and filled with trout as Pittsburg, NH’s Trophy Stretch.
I am up here for my 13th stay, on an annual father-daughter trip. My daughter fishes, I guide. I think I get the better part of the deal. I get to hang out with her. For those with older children, you know what I mean.
I know well the Pittsburg area. Yet, the place moves me every time for its stunning scenery, even at a bend of the road.
We arrived late Tuesday afternoon and found all the usual pullouts jammed with cars. We fished some skinny water, the B waters, that few hit. My daughter landed five before we decided to head to the lodge. That gal knows how to Euronymph.
We started yesterday morning at 8 am, which is late for us. For reasons unknown, the river today had few anglers. We hit some prime lies.
The best fish of the day, an enormous landlocked salmon, popped off just as my daughter was easing it into the net. Still, it was a great day filled with piles of brookies and rainbows. My daughter went 21-for-26. Tightlining really produced.
There has been no magic fly. With flows at a wade-friendly 150 cfs, there are plenty of anglers roaming around. The keys have been to Euronymph and to approach quietly the runs and glides. And, to find those precious few yards where there are indentations and deeper water. The trout are at those spots, stacked up.
A great trip so far.