Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Pemigewasset River
The Pemigewasset River begins from small tributaries in
the White Mountains and flows almost through the center
of New Hampshire to join the Winnepesauke River to form
the Merrimack River. The Pemigewasset River stays cool
during the Summer due to the elevation and runoff from
the White Mountains. It has excellent trout fishing as well
as Atlantic Salmon.
The Pemigewasset River, called the "Pemi", starts in
Franconia Notch and flows through the White Mountain
National Forest. There are many small tributaries that join
it to increase the flow from a very small stream to a
decent size one. The upper section of the river is a
popular tourist area. The stream is accessible from State
Route #3 and exits off Interstate #93.
The river was long abused by pollution from paper mills
but regulations have be successful in cleaning up the
water. Trout and salmon are stocked by the New
Hampshire Fish and game Department.
The stream can become congested with tourist at times
but it's almost always close to the roads. There's plenty of
water that requires some hiking that's rarely fished. This
stream holds the record New Hampshire rainbow trout.
The upper part above Ayers Dam at Bristol has mostly
rainbow and brook trout. This area is closed to salmon
Below the dam (except the 300 ft. closed section) has
rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout and Atlantic
Salmon. Salmon is catch and release, fly fishing only.
From the Rt. 3/11 bridge to the confluence with the
Winnipesaukee River, Atlantic Salmon is fly fishing only,
catch and release from Oct. 1 through March 31st. Be
sure to check the local regulations as they are subject to
change from season to season.
The season start Jan. 1 but it is usually late May before
the fishing gets good.
The water can be high in the Spring from melting snow
and rainfall but the fishing is usually good in late Spring.
Fishing is good throughout the Summer months.
Early Fall is excellent and a beautiful time for fly fishing
the Pemigewasset River. Good fishing continues through
October and into November.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
|Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwater
Brown Trout (some wild and stocked
Brook Trout (some native and
stocked with holdovers)
Rainbow (some wild and stocked with
Atlantic Salmon (stocked)
Small to Medium, 63 miles long
Lower Central New Hampshire
Jan 1 - October 15
State of New Hampshire
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight for trout, 6 to 8 for
Dry fly: 9 &12 ft., 5 or 6X, Nymphing:
71/2 ft., 3 or 4X, Streamers 0-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Streamer & Salmon 0-2X
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 weight rods
For 4 to 9 wt. fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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