While NH's regular trout season is closed we are still fishing like crazy on the lower Androsgoggin river. We felt the need to give an updated October report as the fishing has been simply phenomenal over the past week. Warm days and cold nights have translated to great bug activity. Last week we found success nymphing large Helgramite patterns and BWO nymphs.
On Sunday we guided Client Mark Roberts and found fish on streamers first thing, then on helgramite and BWO nymphs mid morning. From noon until dark we had rainbows rising throughout the float to both size 12 purple haze dries and size 20 BWO duns. It has been good to see more fish in the high teens and low twenties this year. There have also been many fish in the 12-14" year class which should bode very well for next year.
Yesterday I got out with our guide Tom on another stretch of river to investigate where fish are now holding. We found piles of trout in the fast riffled water and in river channels where there was a slight drop in depth. Just to see how many fish were around we planted on one spot and landed 13 trout missing many more before moving on. Fish were taking both dries and nymphs in the fast water parachute purple haze along with pt's, girdle bugs, and caddis larva were all taking fish. It was again good to see many fish in that 12-14 inch class with a few bigger fish lost. We also caught a few very clean looking brown trout. Towards the end of the float we found fish rising to what looked like BWO's but had good takes stripping isonychia nymphs from the bottom to the surface.
As fall progresses bug activity will be best on our warmest days. On cooler days streamers as well as big Helgramites and egg patterns will be tickets to success. f you have the ability to get up here give us a call and we'll do what we can to get you on the water. We have availability on weekdays and weekends of October 29th and 30th as well as November 12-13.