Fishing Reports

Mid-August Report (Eary Fall Fishing is here!)

I felt compelled to update this report today after yesterdays trip. We had one of our most productive days on the water this year yesterday. Cold temps up north have dropped water temps on the upper andro into the upper 60’s and the trout and salmon have responded in a big way. It looks like the long range trend is for cooler weather up north over the next few weeks so if you have been wondering when to book a trip now is the time. We have a few dates open through the end of August as well as dates in early September. While many people seem to want to wait for fall foliage to fish there is no reason not to fish right now. The bites last all day and the fish are taking advantage of cooler water than they have had in over a month. Here is what is going on with all of our fishing.

Small streams:

The small streams continue to fish well and we have been seeing good dry fly fishing with stimulator style dries and flying ants becoming more important over the past few days. Warm days will trigger flying ant swarms, this means great dry fly fishing even when it is warm out.

Ellis River:

The Ellis has slowed a bit but should turn on soon with cooler weather and wild brookies getting their feed on before the spawn. Cover water and fish dry droppers to find fish.

Saco River:

The Saco river continues to fish well in the mornings and evenings with hoppers, ants and beetles, BWO nymphs and dries and Golden Stoneflies just before dark. Be prepared for flying ants here as well. You will want to cary cinnamon and honey colored ants in size 16-22 the smaller male ants can also be a chocolate brown in color.

Androscoggin:

As stated above the andro is on fire right now. Cooler weather in the forecast for next weekend means a continued strong bite. Isonychia mayflies are getting more and more active and we are also seeing a smattering of BWO’s and tan Caddis around. If you like fishing dry flies but want the productivity of nymphs a bouyant parachute style Isonychia with a havey pheasant tail dropper is hard to beat right now.

I hope you are all getting out and hitting the water because now is the time! A few of our recent catches.

Chris with a hard fighting wild rainbow.

Chris with a hard fighting wild rainbow.

Michael Chalsen with a 4lb rainbow.

Michael Chalsen with a 4lb rainbow.

One of seven doubles to the net from Sunday August 18th.

One of seven doubles to the net from Sunday August 18th.

Early August Report (updated August 11th)

AUGUST 11th update!

We have had cooler weather over the past few days and it looks to continue into the next few weeks. Now is the time to float the Andro! With lower water temps trout will be active for longer windows during the day. We have dates available through the end of August and into September!

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Fishing has held on strong this summer with good bite windows on all of our waters continuing into August. If the fishing wasn’t already good enough it looks like we have rain and cooler temps in the forecast this week.

Saco:

The Saco continues to fish well with a mix mayflies coming off on most mornings. We’ve done well swinging hares ear nymphs when fish are tough to take on dries. We have seen some black flying ants but the big swarms of cinnimon and honey ants will come later in August. We got out the other evening as temps began to drop and found a few good fish chomping on large golden stoneflies. This evening bite should improve a bit with slightly cooler days over the next week.

Andro:

We’ve done well on the lower Andro recently with cooler temps filtering in. BWO nymphs and dries as well as Isonychia dries and grey caddis have all done the trick. If that isn’t working be sure to try flying ants as they work on the Ando as well as the Saco. We have avoided the upper river due to lack of cold water over the past few weeks but that should change now with colder overnight temps and warm instead of hot days. We are predictiong some good to great late summer fishing in the Errol area very soon.

Small streams:

We have been doing well on small streams with Grey Caddis and tan caddis nymphs along with PMX dries. If you fish this water be sure to cover pools thoroughly and keep moving. Often the fish are where the habitat is best, sometimes that is five pools in a row and other times it is a pool and then a quarter mile to the next stretch of good water. The fun is in never knowing what lies upstream or down. We love the adventure of this type of fishing and would love to show you why!

Trophy trout hunts:

We have been doing more focused trips for larger trout this year. We are confident that we can get shots at these larger trout on most days and we look forward to seeing you hook these impressive fish. It has taken years to get dialed into where when and how to target these larger fish and we are happy that our hard work is paying of dividends for many of our clients. Last weekend we guided Matt Lawton on one such trip. After a morning of hooking many fish we spent the afternoon searching for larger trout and Matt got into three fish over 18”. A great way to end an awesome day! Too catch up more of what we have been up to be sure to follow us on instagram @hillcountryguides.

Now is the time to get out and fish. We have guides available on most days!

Tight lines,

Nate

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Mid- July Report

Well it has been a long time since we have updated this report. As always that is not because the fishing has been slow but because we have been on the water 24-7.

Androscoggin River:

The andro was fishing well earlier in the week but we have been staying away with the recent warm temps. When conditions are right we have caught fish on everything from streamers to nymphs and dries. Samller Pheasant tails, mop flies, buggers and purple haze dries have all been on the menu. A cold front this week may drop temps enough for early day floats again.

Saco River:

We have been doing well on the Saco during early mornings. Amazingly we are still seeing Grey Drake mayflies along with smaller rusty spinners and BWO’s. We’ve also seen a good deal of clinger mayflies moving about the rocks as of late and this has resulted in some successful nymphing both dead drifted and on the swing. We have been playing with some terrestrials but they really have not been keying on hoppers, ant’s or beetles as of late.

Ellis River:

The Ellis has been fishing well this season but has slowed a bit with warmer weather. Fish the upper river and deeper pools. Dry flies early and dry droppers later in the morning.

Mountain Streams:

Our mountain streams are all fishing very well right now. Yellow foam EHC have done well to represent the small yellow sally stoneflies that are always around in the morings. Pairing that with a small cream colored caddis pupa can be deadly. Fishing a royal PMX or similar attractor dry when the water starts to warm has been working well.

While we have been busy lateley we have some time on the calendar over the next few weeks so give us a shout if you want to hit the water. We think you will enjoy it!

If you are looking for pictures to update you on what we’ve been catching check us out on instagram @natefish83.


A recent streamer eater from the andro see more @natefish83 on instagram

A recent streamer eater from the andro see more @natefish83 on instagram



Thanks for reading and tight lines,


Nate


June fishing is here!

It’s been a busy start to the season. I finally got my one day off in June which gives me just enough time to report what we’ve been up to.

It was a late start to the season for the Andro fishing but the flows have dropped to below average. This is ideal for both nymphing and dry fly fishing. While hatches were sporadic early this June they have gotten more consistent over the last few days and we’ve had good luck nymphing mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly patterns. We’ve had a few fish rise do mayfly dries but not much for consistency on top yet. The good news is that with the cooler spring and low flows we should see a banner year for the famous Alder fly hatch. This is the bug that can bring up trout measured in feet not inches and we are looking forward to hunting for them on dries soon!

Rob WolfChuck with a wild Andro rainbow.

Rob WolfChuck with a wild Andro rainbow.

An Andro Double.

An Andro Double.

While the upper andro was fishing slow this spring I took a chance and guided my regular client Charlie Houghton on some new water that I’ve been getting to know over the past few years. My intuition was that the flows were perfect and we would see a couple of large fish that would reward our efforts. Luckily I was right and Charlie did his part in landing a 24” rainbow two 16-18” rainbows and two 16- 18” browns. I’ve guided five trips on this water and while we never catch high numbers of trout we have landed at least one fish over 20” on each trip. We seem to be averaging three big fish a day with a few smaller fish mixed in. All and all everyone has felt the fishing well worth the effort and I look forward to chasing these fish with experienced anglers and my repeat customers.

Charlie Houghton with a large wild bow.

Charlie Houghton with a large wild bow.

A fine specimen of a brown trout.

A fine specimen of a brown trout.

Walt Sysun with a very large brown. Hard to tell but this fish was massive.

Walt Sysun with a very large brown. Hard to tell but this fish was massive.

Right now the Saco is still a streamer game for larger trout. Hatches are just starting on the Saco and Ellis and fish should be looking up very soon if they have not already. I’m really looking forward to the dry fly fishing of late June and July. I’m predicting that this July is going to be one of the best for fly fishing that we have seen in years. It is looking like water temps will be ideal and with all of the water we have had insect hatches should be prolific.

We still have June and July dates available so please let us know if you would like to book.

Tight lines,

Nate

Memorial Day Weekend Report

I hope you are all excited for the long weekend. We wanted to let you know that we will be doing half priced casting lessons this sunday at the Jackson kids pond as part of the Wildquack Duck Race and Music Festival. Find out more abou the event here Lessons will run from 10am-12noon and 1pm-3pm. We hope to see some of you there!

We have been busy guiding and fishing as of late. Although the rivers are high we are finding fish. Last week I was fortunate to get out on the Saco with my good friend Brian Boyle and fellow HCG guide Kevin Gordon. We had a great day chasing predatory brown trout on the Saco, landing 3 out of 5 hooked. Unfortunately we lost our largest fish which ate one of Brians 6” Drunk and Disorderly streamers and broke 20lb test. Just another reason to keep working for these mythical fish.

This fish hit hard!

This fish hit hard!

Kevin with the first fish of the day

Kevin with the first fish of the day

In other news, we have been exploring the pond and lake fishing from the boat and have been finding good action for rainbows and browns on midges and streamers stripped just under the surface. We guided Doug of Texas for a half day on tuesday and he managed to land four large rainbows from 14-16” as well as over half a dozen browns.

Doug and one of the four big bows he landed…a few were camera shy.

Doug and one of the four big bows he landed…a few were camera shy.

Along with ponds we have been exploring our wild brook trout waters. While they were running behind schedule for almost three weeks the bugs are now active ! We did well yesterday fishing caddis dry flies in the riffles.

The Androscoggin River continues to Run high due to rain. We are looking forward to the andro dropping as there will be alot of large drop-down salmon and brook trout to catch, along with the everpresent wild rainbows. We will keep you posted as to when the Andro is floatable.

Please let us know if you would like to get on the books for this spring, summer or fall, dates are going fast.

Tight lines,

Nate