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.