Connecticut River, Upper

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Landlocked salmon, early. Otherwise you’ll have to make do with trout. Independent is the middle name of the folks of New Hampshire’s North Country; they’re as staunch as the granite mountains and they take their angling seriously. But nothing fancy. If your flybox contains a handful of Sulphurs and Yellow Sallies, Elk Hair and Black Caddis, a few hex, some Adams and Royal Wulffs you’ll be pretty much set. For wet flies try Gray Ghosts, Magog Smelt, Putt’s Favorite, and a gray Woolly Bugger. Those, and a 6-weight system, will prepare you for fly fishing. Ultra-light’s the way to go for spinners who should carry along the usual run of Mepps, Roostertails, Panther Martins, and Kamloop spoons. The Connecticut River is broad and beamy where it enters Long Island Sound at Old Lyme, Connecticut, but below the Fourth Connecticut Lake, a click south of New Hampshire’s border with Quebec, you can stand comfortably with one foot on each bank of the river. While you’ll find wild, native brookies lurking in the deeper holes of this water, they’re not much bigger than a few inches. The river only becomes fishable, really, below the second of the four lakes in the Connecticut chain. Fishing from the outlet of the lake down to the Magalloway Bridge can be good. Spawning smelt draw landlocked salmon and bigger brook trout up from the First Connecticut Lake into classic pocket water runs. Among the best spots to fish are the mouths of three feeder brooks: Dry, Smith, and Big. The tailwater below the First Connecticut Lake is set aside as catch-and-release, fly-fishing water. Depending on temperatures, salmon runs may start as early as late April. Normally mid- May marks the opening of the best runs. Species: Landlocked salmon, brown, brook, rainbow. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Pittsburg
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Unspecified
Skill Level: Access: Easy to moderate
Season: January 1 through mid-October
Other Uses: Very limited handicapped access
Local Maps: New Hampshire DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
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