As I write this the leaves are turning from green to gold. The fish in our waters are in their prime fall feeding rhythms at the moment. With the last few weeks of cooler weather our fall hatches are well underway. The andro is seeing good Isonychia mayfly hatches and Rhyacophila caddis hatches almost every day. We have already seen the bite window shift from early mornings to late morning into the early afternoon. For all of you who like to catch fish but hate getting up early or staying out late now is your time to shine! Best bites this time of the year are 9am to 5pm….yes bankers hours.
We have seen some very high numbers of fish on the upper Andro this fall. Larger fish have been harder to find simply because there are soooo many fish. But we have been able to find a few good fish on most days. The lower river from Berlin to Maine has produced good fishing as well with slightly lower numbers but good chances at larger fish in the 14-18” class. We enjoy the challenge of this water and we know it well enough to stay consistently successful.
The Saco has seen some good flying ant hatches as of late but with the cooling weather look to fish midges, bwo’s or bigger streamers when the water bumps up. Nymphing can also be successful with larger stones and mopflies when the water bumps. We have seen some larger browns this time of they year when flows bump so keep an eye on the forecast. I got out last week after a rain and missed two browns in the 20” class. Still thinking about those ones an hoping to get myself or a client into one of them if we can get the water.
The mountain streams continue to fish very well with dry flies, a small orange stimulator is hard to beat this time of the year as it represents the october caddis that commonly hatch on mountain streams this time of the year. With the cold fall we are having these streams might shut off a little earlier than normal. I wouldn’t be surprised if the brook trout go lock jaw by mid September. The Rainbows will be heading to the bigger rivers where they will feed until the snow falls.
Wild Brook Trout waters:
Our wild brook trout waters have been fishing exceptionally well as of late and we were able to find some new water this fall that we are very excited to share with our guests. This is some of our favorite fishing and the fall is a great time to see the colors of the pre-spawn wild brook trout. Check out our instagram page @hillcountryguides to see some vieos of recent wild brook trout action.
Trophy Trout trips:
This fishing is turning on right now. The big fish are waking up and we look forward to hitting this water with our clients who are ready to hunt for a few quality fish over going for numbers. While this isn’t a game for those who need constant hook-up’s we are confident that if you work hard you will get shots at some fish of a lifetime. Please let us know if you are interested in learning more about these excitiing trips.
While there is still some time left to get on the books Fall is here and you don’t want to wait to set up your October or Late September trips.
Looking forward to seeing many of you this fall.