Saco River Fly Fishing | Guided Fly Fishing Trips : New Hampshire, White Mountains

Saco River, Located in Bartlett, North Conway, Conway NH. Fly fishing for Brown Trout, Brook Trout, and Rainbow Trout.  The Saco River flows out of Crawford Notch and winds its way right through the Center of North Conway where the Fly Fishing Only stretch provides exceptional dry fly angling. Trips on the Saco are recommended for early morning or late evening when the dry fly fishing is at its finest, and the crowds are low. The Saco is the ideal setting to work on your dry fly dead drift. Sighting large brown trout sipping mayflies provides ample motivation. The Saco also provides opportunities to catch monster trout on big streamers. 

Saco River Trips

Milan Krainchich with an early season streamer eater. 

Milan Krainchich with an early season streamer eater. 

Best time to come: June- Early July or Late August- mid-October (Late April through mid-May  for monster browns)

Trip Types: Full day/ Half day wade and Full day/ Half day floats

The Water: The Saco River flows out of Crawford Notch and winds its way right through the Center of North Conway where the Fly Fishing Only stretch provides exceptional dry fly angling. Trips on the Saco are recommended for early morning or late evening when the dry fly fishing is at its finest, and the crowds are low. The Saco is the ideal setting to work on your dry fly dead drift. Sighting large brown trout sipping mayflies provides ample motivation. The Saco also provides opportunities to catch monster trout on big streamers. This fishing is best done from our raft when water levels are up and wade fishermen are sidelined. 

Brown trout taken during an evening spinner fall.

Brown trout taken during an evening spinner fall.

What to Expect:

The Saco’s consistent, moderate flow of crystal clear water makes it a dry fly fisherman’s dream. With a bottom made up of mostly sand and gravel, it is not a difficult river to wade.  Fishermen can spend an entire evening dissecting the behavior of a wary brown trout. Located right in downtown North Conway, it is a great location for experienced fly fishermen who don’t want to travel far for a quality angling experience.  When the Saco is high floating the river and casting streamers can be deadly for large browns, rainbows and brookies. Hill Country Guides is the first outfitter to offer float trips on the Saco. You can expect plenty of big fish in complete isolation. While the Saco provides high quality fishing, it can be a difficult location for novice anglers, as trout become well educated in it’s slow, clear waters.

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