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 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.
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.
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!
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!