Fishing Reports

Early September Report

Overview:

We are in the thick of full on Autumn fishing! Water temps and levels are prime for float and wade fishing! We've been having some great days on the Saco, Andro and our wild brook trout waters. Dates are available from now through mid November. Now's the time to fish!

Andro:

We have been having some excellent floats on the Andro. With daytime highs in the 70's most days and lows in the 40's water temps have dropped into the sweet spot for trout metabolisms. We are seeing good bio drifts of nymphs starting at about 8am. From here some days have had consistent bites right through while other days there is a short mid-day lull. We should see good fishing for a while now with prime conditions in the forecast through at least the end of next week. Look for Isonychia, October caddis, Green caddis (Rhyacophilia), tan caddis, and golden stones to be of great importance through September.

Clay Emery of San Antonio TX landed this healthy wild rainbow right around noon at the end of a half day float.

Clay Emery of San Antonio TX landed this healthy wild rainbow right around noon at the end of a half day float.

Andrew Cook of Greenland NH hooked trout all day long including this wild bow that ate an Isonychia nymph at the tailout of a pool.

Andrew Cook of Greenland NH hooked trout all day long including this wild bow that ate an Isonychia nymph at the tailout of a pool.

Julie Lawton outfished her brother Brian but both had an epic day with over 60 trout to net and six doubles to net! Julie got the Grand slam!

Julie Lawton outfished her brother Brian but both had an epic day with over 60 trout to net and six doubles to net! Julie got the Grand slam!

Saco:

The Saco has fished very well so far this September. With recent rains were were able to float the river a couple times and had good streamer fishing. Fish have also keyed in on recent ant swarms and midge hatches. Fish small Griffiths gnats or cinnamon ants to get their attention. As waters cool you will want to focus on streamers more and dries less.

Client Mark Varveres with one of a many browns he caught while floating the Saco.

Client Mark Varveres with one of a many browns he caught while floating the Saco.

Brian Boyle with a decent Saco brown.

Brian Boyle with a decent Saco brown.

Ellis:

While the Ellis has been slow for stocked fish this year there have been some good numbers of wild brook trout moving into even the lower river. I fished a short stretch the other day and managed five nice wild brookies from 6-8 inches in the FFO stretch. Fish orange stimulators to mimic October caddis on the surface. Birds nest nymphs and stonefly nymphs will work subsurface.

Mountain streams:

Our mountain streams continue to fish well for brookies, rainbows and browns. You have about two more weeks of good fishing with October caddis, ants and small streamers all working well. As waters cool in Late September Early October these fish will head to spawn move to bigger water. This is when you will want to head to bigger water as well.

Hayley Lewis with a small stream brook trout.

Hayley Lewis with a small stream brook trout.

Wild Brook Trout water:

Our wild brook trout streams are off the beaten path spring feed fisheries that we try to keep to ourselves. That being said they are fishing very well right now as brook trout are pre spawn and aggressively striking streamers! If you would like to experience some high quality native brook trout fishing please let us know!

Paul Shinsky was having a blast catching good sized wild brook trout.

Paul Shinsky was having a blast catching good sized wild brook trout.

Former owner of North Country Angler Bill Thompson setting the hook on a wild brook trout.

Former owner of North Country Angler Bill Thompson setting the hook on a wild brook trout.

Those are the hands of Jordan Hill with an impressive small stream native.

Those are the hands of Jordan Hill with an impressive small stream native.

Arkansas 2018:

We are now booking dates for Arkansas 2018. We will be guiding on the White and Norfork rivers in Cotter Arkansas from March 5th through March 31st 2018. Please give us a call or email if you would like to book!

Dick Peterson with an impressive monster he landed on 5X in Arkansas spring 2017.

Dick Peterson with an impressive monster he landed on 5X in Arkansas spring 2017.

Summary:

With the days getting shorter but temps still warm now is a great time to get out and fish. We consider September and early October our favorite fishing of the year as crowds are small, fish are hungry, temps are comfortable, and the scenery is breathtaking. We have dates available for September and October so please let us know asap if you would like to book.