Fishing Reports

Foliage and Fish an October Report

We are at about peak foliage in the North Country and just getting there in the Mount Washington Valley. We’ve had a good number of floats this fall on the Andro and we’ve had good success on most days with the best bites being between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm. With a quick transition from summer time warmth to cool fall days, fish metabolisms slowed down fast and are just now starting to stabilize. With warm temps over the next week or so we should have some of our best fall fishing of the season.

As for what is working…We’ve done well on cloudy days throwing streamers like white and grey clouser minnows and zonker style flies, early before bug activity ramps up. Once the sun warms the water we’ve been doing better fishing nymphs such as Jiggy PT’s in size 8-12, mopflies, prince nymphs, worms and eggs. If you aren’t catching fish nymphing try swinging them at the end of the drift, this will give you the heads up that fish are taking emergers. A dry dropper set-up is cluch in this situation.

Fishing on the Saco and Ellis was slow as of this writing but with warmer temps over the next few days the streamer bite on the Saco could heat up. Our mountain streams fished well last week but I think we are post spawn now and that probably means that the brookies have taken off for the season. Meanwhile our southern wild brookie streams should be fishing well into next weekend when the season closes on October 15th. Here colorful streamers like baby brook trout, mickey Finn’s and Wood’s specials are often the ticket to tight lines.

If you are looking to book a last minute trip for this fall we do have some dates available. Nate has Columbus day (Monday October 8th) open as well as October 10th and 11th which just opened up due to a cancellation. If you want other dates we have guides available most days so please let us know if you want to hit the rivers during prime time foliage!

Sorry no time to post pics this time…but you can check out our latest catches on instagram @natefish83.

Tight lines,

Nate

Early Autumn Report

While the calendar still says it is summer, kids are back in school and Autumn is in the air. We've been seeing some obvious signs of fall, the leaves are already brightening, nights are getting cooler, and the fall hatches have already begun. 

 Hayden's first trout on the fly was a Buck wild brookie that ate an Elk Hair Caddis skaded using a Red brook Tenkara Rod. 

Hayden's first trout on the fly was a Buck wild brookie that ate an Elk Hair Caddis skaded using a Red brook Tenkara Rod. 

We've been fishing all local waters as of late and have done well everywhere. The Saco was fishing well last week with flying ant swarms on the warmer days bringing most fish to the surface. With cooler weather on it's way it looks like the midge and BWO bite will be the ticket for dry flies. With rain in the forecast this author is looking forward to getting redeption on some larger brown trout that will be getting aggressive towards streamers. 

 Client Mark with a frisky brown that slow rolled his way into engulfing a size 16 cinnamon ant. 

Client Mark with a frisky brown that slow rolled his way into engulfing a size 16 cinnamon ant. 

The Andro has been fishing well, particularly on early mornings and cooler days when water temps have been lower. With a cold front rushing in tonight and cooler weather in the extended forecast look for the andro to begin fishing well during mid-morning to later afternoon hours. Water temps should get well under 70 degrees and hold there for the remainder of the season keeping fish active well into the afternoons. 

 Jay Shields with a healthy wild rainbow from the Andro. Caught on a dry dropper Iso rig...ate the dropper this time. 

Jay Shields with a healthy wild rainbow from the Andro. Caught on a dry dropper Iso rig...ate the dropper this time. 

We've been seeing sporadic hatches of Isonychia on the Andro most days., As a rule of thumb if you see a large mayfly rising from the river, even just one, you should be throwing a large purple haze dry fly or a pheasant tail nymph in size 10-14.  When th Iso's aren't active we have been seeing olive caddis on most mornings. We have also taken fish on streamers like the kreelix and large buggers when no bugs are on the water. 

What's to come?

With the cooler weather in the forecast fishing should improve on the Andro over the next few days and hold steady through later October for dry fly fishing and nymphing. From there streamer fishing will be your best bet to tag a big fish. On the Saco things will transition from the terrestrials of summer to small dries and big streamers. This is some of th most technical dry fly fishing of the seaon or some of the most exciting streamer fishing...bottom line fish really small or really big! 

 Our client Ethan landed this fine specimen on one of our custom HCG Isonychia dry flies. 

Our client Ethan landed this fine specimen on one of our custom HCG Isonychia dry flies. 

We look forward to seeing many of you this fall! 

Nate

 

Mid-summer Report

It has certainly been a while since we have written a report and we appologize for that. Our lack of writing is not due to a lack of fishing guiding or catching. We have had a record June and July for trips this year and the fishing has remaind productive with thunderstorms every few days keeping area rivers at healthy levels. 

Small streams:

Small streams like the Ellis have been fishing very well. Midsized attractor patterns like hippi stompers, and small hoppers have done well on top with small caddis nymphs and copper johns working well subsurface. 

 Cecelia with her first trout on the fly! 

Cecelia with her first trout on the fly! 

Saco River:

With recent rains the Saco has been fishing very well for late August. Ants and hoppers are producing from early morning through about noon. Look for ant swarms to begin on warmer humid days. Browns, Brookies and Bows are all in the mix on the Saco right now. With high water possible at any moment be sure to throw streamers when waters rise. This writer lost a monster last week when the water was chocolate brown. I was sure I had snagged a log when suddlenly a violent pull snapped my 15lb tippet like a cobweb. The Saco has beasts that feed almost exculsively on other fish...including other trout.

Andro:

With the recent heat wave we have been off of the Andro over the past few days. However right before the last heat wave the big river was fishing very well for early August. We landed a few bows to 18" last week on a quick float. With cool temps over the next few nights the Andro should again fish well this weekend and hopefully for the rest of the season! Until water temps drop into the lower half of the 60's morning will be your best bet on the Andro with cloudy days resulting in more prolonged bite windows. Fishing right now on the Andro is primarily a nymphing game with prince nymphs, caddis larva, pheasant tails, and BWO nymphs like WD40's, and mighty mites, being bread and butter patterns. Now is the time to book your fall float on the Andro. Based on what we have seen from the andro so far this season we are anticipating another banner fall season!

 Wild rainbow from a recent float on the Andro 

Wild rainbow from a recent float on the Andro 

What's to come:

You can expect the fishing to only get better over the next few weeks. With night time lows falling into the 50's this week fall hatches of Isonychia mayflies and October Caddis are just about to start! Time to carve out some time to hit the water! We are currently booking dates for August, September and October. Let us know when you would like to get on the water and we will make it happen. See more of our recent catches on instagram @natefish83!

Tight lines,

Nate

Prime Time!

Well it has been a while since I updated the fishing report. This is not due to a lack of fishing or guiding, but due to an overly active schedule. Having a new born baby in the house has taken up all of the brief spare moments I have. Anyways, off the water today due to a rain delay. 

The fishing has been hot and cold on the Andro over the past few weeks with warm temps making for slow fishing at times and hatches spurring epic fishing at other times. It seems things have become more consistent over the past few days and it looks like this rain and cool weather will make for a great rest of June on the Andro. 

Green caddis have been the most consistent bug on the Andro as of late, but mayflies and stones have also had their moments of great importance early and late in the day for mayflies and late in the day for stones. I've done well guiding with my trusty large prince nymph stonefly jigs size 6-8nd PT nymph jigs size 12. My custom parachute purple haze dries have worked on the surface, as have elk hair caddis. Streamers have worked decently well when low pressure systems are incomming. Looks like good streamer fishing today and tomorrow. 

The Saco has fished decently well from what I have gathered from local reports. I've honestly not fished the Saco the last week as float trips have been the agenda and the Saco is running low. This cold rain should get the browns on the move for streamers.

The Ellis river and other mountain streams should fish well from here on out. Reports of wild brookies turning on have me excited for wade fishing trips in the comming weeks. 

No time for me to post pics right now but check out our recent adventures on Instagram @natefish83. 

 

Tight lines,

Nate

Early Spring report

Any time you are away for a month there is a long list of chores upon your return home. While I had plenty of nitty gritty things to get done, I couldn't help but feel responsible to check on our local NH rivers. So after a morning of doing laundry I grabbed the dog and headed to a local stream. 

My nymph rod was still rigged with an Arkansas midge and mega-worm so I decided to give that combo a try in NH. It wasn't long before I was hooked into a fat 16" rainbow. Shortly thereafter I missed some smaller trout before catching one that turned out to be an eight inch wild brook trout. I was happy to see a few fish biting this early in the season. With recent rains there should be plenty of trout moving from our lakes into local rivers and streams. April and early May provide a great window to fish for these larger trout in an intimate setting. We are now booking for April and May. 

 NH Spring run Rainbow trout. 

NH Spring run Rainbow trout. 

On Tuesday I decided to check on some bigger water for bigger fish. I had a hunch that the big browns would be hungry and I suspected that a warm midday sun would provide a bite window. I grabbed the dog and headed out to a slow pool where I knew large fish spent the winter months. I tied on a smaller streamer that I had designed for low water Arkansas browns and began making long casts sweeping through a depth change in the middle of the river. It might have only been my third cast when my line went tight. I stripped hard hoping it wasn't a snag, then the throbbing started and I knew...big brown. 

Fish like these require a pause in the fishing. One takes his or her time admiring the catch and releasing the fish. Then watches the water, thanking the river for showing us a glimpse of her mystery. As I watched another large brown rose to the surface, inspiring me to begin casting again. 

I never did see that second fish on the end of my line and shortly thereafter the air temperature dropped and the wind picked up. Although I kept casting I knew the brown trout were done for the day.

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Early season, or I should say "off season" fishing is often this way. With cold water temps and short periods of warm weather the "Bite" is often short lived. Still it is important to remember that the biggest fish in the river, those that need to consume the highest quantity of calories, will be the first to eat. Conversely these are also the smartest fish in the river who eat the fewer, but bigger meals. Thus early season angling takes a patient calculated approach. It often involves a constant eye on the weather, barometric pressure and wind direction, and then a deliberate conviction of when and where to fish. You must have confidence in your quest. 

This is not the time of the year to catch a lot of trout. It is the time of the year to hunt for THE ONE. I use the term hunt instead of fish, because in order to be successful you need to think about this endeavor as a hunt. If you land one it is a success, and if you don't you take what you have learned into your next hunt. We feel confident that we've learned enough to know when and where the hunt will give anglers a shot or two at success.

I've spent enough time on trophy brown trout waters to know that these fish will eat when they want to eat, not when you want them to eat. Figure out those times, and places and you will be greatly rewarded. If you would like to learn more, and join us on a brown trout hunt, we are currently booking. 

Flows and temps look to provide good bite windows through April and May this year. We look forward to hunting with you. 

Tight Lines,

Nate