It’s been a busy start to the season. I finally got my one day off in June which gives me just enough time to report what we’ve been up to.
It was a late start to the season for the Andro fishing but the flows have dropped to below average. This is ideal for both nymphing and dry fly fishing. While hatches were sporadic early this June they have gotten more consistent over the last few days and we’ve had good luck nymphing mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly patterns. We’ve had a few fish rise do mayfly dries but not much for consistency on top yet. The good news is that with the cooler spring and low flows we should see a banner year for the famous Alder fly hatch. This is the bug that can bring up trout measured in feet not inches and we are looking forward to hunting for them on dries soon!
While the upper andro was fishing slow this spring I took a chance and guided my regular client Charlie Houghton on some new water that I’ve been getting to know over the past few years. My intuition was that the flows were perfect and we would see a couple of large fish that would reward our efforts. Luckily I was right and Charlie did his part in landing a 24” rainbow two 16-18” rainbows and two 16- 18” browns. I’ve guided five trips on this water and while we never catch high numbers of trout we have landed at least one fish over 20” on each trip. We seem to be averaging three big fish a day with a few smaller fish mixed in. All and all everyone has felt the fishing well worth the effort and I look forward to chasing these fish with experienced anglers and my repeat customers.
Right now the Saco is still a streamer game for larger trout. Hatches are just starting on the Saco and Ellis and fish should be looking up very soon if they have not already. I’m really looking forward to the dry fly fishing of late June and July. I’m predicting that this July is going to be one of the best for fly fishing that we have seen in years. It is looking like water temps will be ideal and with all of the water we have had insect hatches should be prolific.
We still have June and July dates available so please let us know if you would like to book.