Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for the Upper Connecticut River New Hampshire
For all practical purposes, the Upper Connecticut River fishes like a freestone stream more
than a tailwater. Of course the dam does discharge water at varying rates and the water can
rise and fall accordingly. Always use caution when fishing the river and watch for changing
Fishing first starts to get good in the middle of May. The salmon run is underway big time
when the smelt come out of the lakes to spawn. The salmon follow along right behind them.
The ponds can produce good in the middle of May.
The best fishing in the rivers starts in late May and early June. The water temperatures stay
in the low to mid sixties throughout the summer in most areas. Dry fly fishing begins by the
middle of June and can be very good. July and August normally provide good dry fly action.
When the weather starts to cool off in September, the dry fly fishing decreases and nymphs
and streamers become the key flies. In the fall, the salmon fishing picks up again with the
beginning of the salmon spawn.
Above the little town of Pittsburg, most of the fishing is done wading. The bottom is gravel and
it is easy to wade in most places. There are some areas the water gets to deep to wade, but
for the most part, it is very nice water to wade. High water discharges can affect the wading.
The river deepens and slows down below Pittsburg. The pools become longer and deeper
and the character of the stream changes some. Most anglers drift this section. All types of
boats are used from one-man pontoon boats, to canoes, to drift boats. The river is floatable
all the way to Colebrook.
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Upper Connecticut River