Spring is kind of like the Goldilocks time for fish in New Hampshire’s North Country. Not too hot. Not too cold. It’s just right.
The result is some of the most active, exciting fishing of the year in one of the most legendary fishing areas on the East Coast.
Home to a magnificent collection of pristine lakes, ponds and rivers – all managed to perfection – the North Country of New Hampshire and Vermont offers anglers some of the very best fly fishing in the eastern United States. From Lake Francis to the Androscoggin River, the region’s waters provide an ideal environment for native brook trout, rainbows and brown trout, and even species of landlocked salmon.
Among the best places for fly fishing are the Androscoggin River in Errol and the headwaters of the Connecticut River, which is home to the “Trophy Stretch.” This famed stretch of river runs from the First Connecticut Lake dam roughly two-and-half-miles downriver to Lake Francis and is renowned for its productive rainbow, brook, brown trout and salmon fishing. Between late May and the middle of July, the rainbow and brook trout fishing along the stretch is nothing short of amazing.
Whether you prefer casting from shore or from a boat out on the water, visitors will also enjoy fishing the region’s many large lakes, ponds and bogs. The Connecticut Lakes and places like Back Lake offer anglers wonderful fishing opportunities. Big Brook Bog near Pittsburg, Terrill Pond near Goffstown, and Scott Bog just south of teh Canadian border are also popular fly fishing spots.
When fishing the area, it’s a good idea to hire a local guide. Regardless of whether you’re a highly-experienced angler or have never fished before in your life, the region’s expert guides can teach you the nuances of fishing the region and increase your chances of success. Lopstick is an Orvis-endorsed outfitter and offers a variety of fly fishing experiences.
There’s nothing like spring fly fishing in the North Country.