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Fly Fishing On The Androscoggin River
In New Hampshire
The Androscoggin River forms in northern New
Hampshire and flows into the state of Maine. It is 178
miles long but only portions of that is suitable for trout
and salmon fishing. We have a separate section on the
Androscoggin River in Maine. The river begins in Errol,
New Hampshire, at the confluence of the Magalloway
River and the outlet from Umbagog Lake. It flows for a
total of 53 miles in northern New Hampshire, through
part of the White Mountains and into the state of Maine.
Fly fishing the Androscoggin River is great for brook,
brown and rainbow trout. It is also home to landlocked
salmon. The upper section of the river from Errol Dam
to Bragg Bay is designated fly-fishing only. Anglers can
wade and fish from the banks but the river is best fished
from a boat. Canoes and rafts are used for the most
Route #16 follows along the Androscoggin River for
over twenty miles. There are many access points along
the road. Other access points are the Seven Islands
Bridge in Errol, an access site in Dummer, the
Androscoggin Wayside State Park, the Paul Bofinger
Wayside State Park, and the Nansen Wayside State
The Upper Androscoggin River is a big river with
some very good aquatic insect hatches that takes place
throughout the season. An uncommon one is the Alder
Fly, called a Zebra Caddis. It is a huge insect and a very
popular hatch to fish.
Another big insect is the huge Great Winged Olive Dun.
It hatches in late June and on into early July. This hatch
can produce some large trout for those willing to fish
late into the evening. Many other species of mayflies
and caddisflies hatch on the river and can provide some
top notch dry fly fishing.
The trout are usually very selective as to what they eat
and specific imitations of the aquatic usually work much
better than generic fly patterns. It is important not only
to match the hatch, but to match what is about to hatch,
meaning the larvae or nymphs. Some of the major
mayfly hatches are Blue-winged Olives, Quill Gordons,
Blue Quills, American March Browns, Light Cahills and
Tricos. Some of the major species of caddisflies are the
Cinnamon Sedges, Little Black Caddis, Great Autumn
Brown Sedges and Zebra Caddis. Little Yellow
Stoneflies are also plentiful.
There is a difference in the aquatic insects in the
tailwater section from that of the freestone section. If
you write Perfect Fly for fly selections, please let
us know which sections of the stream you intend
Most of the Androscoggin River follows the statewide
seasons and limits, but special regulations apply to
The water can be high in the Spring from melting snow
and rainfall, but the fishing is usually good in late Spring.
Fly Fishing the Androscoggin River can slow down in
some areas during the hottest part of the Summer.
Early Fall is an excellent and a beautiful time for fishing
the Androscoggin River. Good fishing continues through
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
|Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwater
Landlocked Atlantic Salmon
Large, 53 miles in New Hampshire
Northern New Hampshire
Year round from Sawmill dam in
Berlin to Maine. From Berlin points
north, open from January 1st to
State of New Hampshire
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Fishing Report Updated 02/21/19
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04/01/15 Reports will begin at the beginning of the fishing season
Androscoggin River New Hampshire Fishing Report
04/22/15 Ice is about gone and the water warming up nicely. Rain forecast for the next
week. High water from runoff. No fishing reports yet.
04/29/15 No reports from anyone fishing. Little Brown stoneflies, Little Black Caddis and Blue
Quills should start hatching soon.
05/06/15 Still no reports from anyone fishing. The water is warming up very fast. Look for Quill
Gordons, Blue Quills and Hendricksons to show up soon.
05/20/15 The water temp is in the low fifties and Blue Quills, Quill Gordons and Little Black
Caddis are hatching.
05/27/15 Good conditions with lots of hatches. Hendricksons/Red Quills should start any
06/10/15 The water is warm and hatches are taking place big time. The stream levels are
running a little high right now, so be sure to check them.
06/17/15 High stream levels exist. Wait for them to fall out.
07/01/15 Lots of rain has high water levels. Give it some time to drop and clear.
07/15/15 The river is in great condition with lots of trout being caught. Shoot us an email
for fly selection.
07/22/15 Good stream levels, weather and lots of trout are being caught. Good as it gets.
08/05/15 Great conditions continue with good weather and plenty of trout being caught.
08/12/15 It doesn't get any better than this. Good stream levels and hatches continue with
plenty of trout being caught.
08/19/15 The cooler weather is helping. Rain is forecast and that should help as well.
08/26/15 Great conditions with a few good reports coming in. Let us hear from you.
09/02/2015 Two good reports from this past week. The river is low in some areas and the
weather is back hot again, but so is the fishing. Little Yellow Stoneflies are hatching big time.
09/23/15 Great weather with no rain in the forecast. Good stream conditions and lots of fish
10/14/15 Regular fishing season ends tomorrow, Oct. 15th..
12/09/15 We keep getting questions about the fishing season. It runs year round from Sawmill
dam in Berlin to the Maine state line. From Berlin points north, it is open from January 1st to
03/16/16 As of January 1st the upper river through Thirteen Mile Woods is open. The only
water that is worth fishing is just below the dams. Right now, the flows are too high, but when
the flows are low, fish below the dams in the slower current side of the seams, not the fast
05/04/16 The weather is getting warmer and it won't be long before some major hatches begin.
The water is in the mid forties and things happen when it get to about the 50 degree mark. For
now, it is midges, creams and reds, and little Blue-winged olives, size 18.
05/18/16 Good conditions exist and lots of new hatches including Hendrickson/Red Quills, Blue
Quills, Quill Gordons, little Black Caddis, little Brown Stoneflies, Green sedges and
06/01/16 The water is warming up fast. The discharges and resulting stream levels are low. This
makes it good for wading anglers. Lots of new hatches at starting up including Light Cahills,
Eastern Pale Evening Duns, Cinnamon Caddis, Green Sedges (caddisflies) and others.
06/15/16 Two good reports from customers this past week fishing the tailwater below Errol dam.
Blue-winged olives, Light Cahills, American March Browns and Green sedges (caddisflies) are
06/29/16 The stream levels are a little low and the fish can be easily spooked, otherwise the
conditions are very good. Our customers are catching a lot of trout on the lower and upper
sections of the river. Lots of caddis are hatching, Little Yellow stoneflies, Light Cahills and more.
07/06/16 The river is producing a lot of trout for our customers. We get good reports just about
every week. There are a large number of insects hatching and many of the trout are being taken
on the surface. Late afternoon caddisfly egg laying and spinner falls is bringing trout to the net.
07/27/16 The stream levels have been low recently but there is some rain in the forecast and
this is likely to change. Keep a close check on the levels. Cinnamon Caddis and Little Sister
caddis are hatching very good. There are still Sulphurs hatching.
08/10/16 Stream levels are still a little low, 1250 cfs, at 3.20 ft. There is some rain in the
forecast and they are likely to come up. There are lots of caddiflies hatching, some little Yellow
stoneflies and still some Sulphurs. Slate drakes and Tricos are also starting to hatch.
08/24/16 Two good reports came in from customers fishing the past five days. Tricos are
hatching good along with lots of caddisflies. Little Sisters, Green sedges and Cinnamon Sedges
are hatching. Egg laying takes place the last three hours of the day.
10/05/16 The season closes the 15th from Berlin points north but open year-round otherwise.
The weather continues great with highs in the low seventies. Stream conditions are very good,
although slightly low in some sections. Mahogany duns, and Blue-winged olives are hatching
11/16/16 The tailwater below Sawmil dam has been producing some good trout when the
discharges and levels have been reasonable. It is going to be much colder this coming week,
and midges, reds and creams, along with BWOs will be the most important flies. Sculpin
streamers have been working good as well.
12/07/16 One more good report below Sawmil dam. The levels have been high at time, so
make sure you check them before traveling very far to fish.
12/14/16 We are still getting some decent reports from the tailwater below Sawmil Dam.
Midges, creams and reds fished in tandem, are working good.
01/18/17 No reports have come in recently. Fish as near the bottom discharges as legal.
Midges, Creams and Reds, Winter stoneflies and Black flies are hatching. Fish the midge
larva and pupa in tandem with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa about 16 inches above it.
02/15/17 The water is about 37 degrees at the bottom discharge of the dam. Midges will catch
trout. Fish Reds (blood) or Cream midges with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem.
04/05/17 The river is open to fishing anywhere in New Hampshire. Winter stoneflies, Light
Green and Red midges, with the larva and pupa rigged in tandem, and sculpin streamers like
the Black or Olive Matuka sculpin should work. Let us hear some reports from you.
05/04/17 The water is getting much warmer and some hatches are starting to take place.
Blue-winged olives are hatching good. Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, little Black Caddis, little Brown
stoneflies are starting to hatch in the lower river.
05/17/17 Stream levels have been up high but back down near normal. Very warm weather and
hatches taking off big time. We didn't receive any reports from anyone fishing last week.
Hendricksons and Red Quills are hatching.
05/24/17 Discharges and stream levels are normal and in good shape in all sections. The water
is clear and a lot of hatches are taking place. One good report came in from the past week.
06/14/17 There has been a lot of high water but is down and okay at this time. There is some
rain in the forecast. There are lots of insects hatching. Amer. March Browns, Sulphurs, light
Cahills, Cinnamon Caddis, Green sedge caddis, and others. Conditions are good.
07/05/17 The stream levels are still a little high but falling rather fast. Our customers are
reporting good catches when the levels are okay. There are lots of hatches including Sulphurs.
07/19/17 Conditions are good with lots of hatches. Slate Drakes, Cinnamon, Green sedge and
little Sister caddis. Light cahills, little Yellow stoneflies, some Goldens and more.
08/15/17 Sorry to miss some reports. Conditions are very good. We are getting some good
reports from customers. There are still a lot hatches. Little Yellow stoneflies, Light Cahills, Cream
Cahill, Cinnamon Caddis, green sedge caddis, slate drakes, little sister caddis and tricos.
09/06/17 The stream levels are in good shape in all sections and our customers are sending in
some good reports. The hatches are slowing down some, but there are still some very good
ones. Terrestrials imitations are also working good.
09/20/17 Stream levels are running just a little below normal in most places and in good shape
otherwise. We are continuing to get good reports from our customers trout fishing.
11/17/17 The season is open in NH from Sawmill dam in Berlin to the Maine state line. Stream
levels are down to normal. Cream and Red midges, and Blue-winged olives are hatching. Fish
the midge larva and pupa rigged in tandem. Sculpin streamers are catching post-spawn browns.
01/11/18 The season reopened Jan 1st from Berlin Points north. Midges, Creams and Blood
midges (red) and Winter stoneflies are hatching. Sculpin streamers are also working.
04/05/18 Just an update to say that we will begin posting reports. The water is still below 40 and
midges, aquatic worms, sculpin are working in the tailwaters near the dams.
04/20/18 The stream levels and discharges are okay at this time, averaging near a normal flow
and level. There are some Little Brown stoneflies and Blue-winged olives, hatching. The water is
warming up fast and others will follow soon.
06/08/18 Sorry for the lack of reports. The stream levels have been high a lot lately but are
currently in good shape a little below normal levels. There are lot of insects hatching including
American March Browns, Cinnamon caddis, green sedge caddis, golden stoneflies, and more.
06/29/18 Stream levels are fine and there are lots of trout being caught. Hatches are going good
with several new ones since the last report.
07/20/18 Stream levels have been high at times but currently in good shape. There are sulphurs,
light cahills, cinnamon caddis, spotted sedge, Little Yellow stones and other insects hatching. We
are getting good reports.
08/03/18 The stream levels are currently high due to lots of rain. They should begin to fall soon
and get back down. Trout were being caught in good numbers prior to the high levels.
08/17/18 Stream levels are down in good shape in all sections of the river. Trout are being caught
by both wading and boat anglers. Send us an email for a current fly list: :
08/31/18 The stream is in good shape with trout being caught in all sections of the river. There
are some very good hatches taking place. We received two good reports from this past week.
09/21/18 We received some good reports the past two weeks. Stream levels are back down in
okay shape in most sections and good numbers of trout are being caught. There are still a few
hatches and terrestrials and streamers like our Sculpin patterns are working good.
10/18/18 The terrestrials are done for the year. Sculpin streamers and leeches, especially our
Articulated patterns, are catching some larger size trout. There are still good BWO hatches and
lots of Midges.
02/21/19 It isn't too early to start planning that next trip. We can help you do that as well as select
your gear and flies for the trip. Send us an email to: email@example.com