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Old 04-06-2014, 10:55 AM
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Well .... I was thinking about heading south to Massachusetts and Connecticut for a few days ... a "get out of town, explore new water, find some fish, see new places, meet new people, check out new fly shops, shake the winter cobwebs off, stay at a couple of cheap hotels" kinda trip.
Was going to take a couple PTO days even ....
But after checking with Joe (thanks again Joe)... I was told that the rivers I was interested in fishing were running too high.

Sooo ... with hope, fortitude, eagerness, anticipation, and determination ... I headed north of me knowing that at least the river flows were good on the Andro.
2000 cfs in Spring and early Summer is rare but very good.

Big effin mistake ....
Shelf ice and ice dams and floating icebergs all along the river from Shelburne to Errol. Rain, sleet, and snow squalls all afternoon.

There was one spot that looked good.... Pontook !
A great spot most times of the season with big browns and big salmon always a possibility.
I got out of my truck and walked closer to the river to examine.
Or I should say attempted to walk to the river .....
Following the trail to the river .... I soon found myself up to my ass in deep snow.... there is still 3 to 4 feet of snow in some places ....

Drove up to LL Cotes .... almost bought a new Stevens ghost net .... did buy a Subway flatizza (not good).... headed home..... stopped at liquor store for a bottle of bourbon (good).... got home ..... watched Clay Bucholtz pitch like **** and watched 11 innings to see the Red Sox lose (very bad).

I will be headed south to Winnipesaukee Thursday.
Meredith Bay and Alton Bay for a look....
Might check out the Newfound and Lamprey and Cochecko Rivers.
Maybe the Merrimac and Penobscot ....

Im not sure what I am more disappointed in ....
Clay Bucholtz or the longest NH winter in years.
I was into fish this time last year on the Andro....
And the Sox had a winning record 5 games in....

I have off from work the first week of May.
Planning on headed south then.

Im starting to wonder if I will catch my first 2014 striper before my first trout or salmon

I hope I don't jump off an iceberg before the first week of May.

Tight lines be safe my flyfishing bruddas ....

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I share your pain.

I tried the Ammonoosuc, Saco, and Sawyer on Wednesday. Looked at the Gale, but didn't see any water, just ice and snow.

As you said, the big problem is getting through the woods to whatever small openings there are. Several times I was up to my waist in snow, and my feet hadn't yet hit solid ground.

Further south, I tried the Lamprey and Exeter. Not so much ice in the water, or snow in the woods. Lot's of fast-flowing water, though.

Still no fish.
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I went to the dump.

I went across the boarder into Mass. for cheap gas.

Saw the Housy at flood stage.

As I often do, I stopped along my home stream on my way home.

I guy with VT plates pulls up a little behind me. I get out of the truck to check out the conditions on the river and after a minute, this guy gets out of his car and walks over to me and says "You fish?" I said fly fish, he said me too.

That was the beginning of 2 hours of great conversation about fly fishing and I gave him the "house" tour of the Blackberry. He comes to town often (his mom is in a retirement home here) and wants to fish this great little stream. We will connect again!

P.S. He works for Orvis.......a graphics guy on their catalogs. Go figure.

Just thought I'd share what happened on the way to the dump. lol

Tight lines,

Joe

We'll see YOU soon too, RC
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**** ....

I should have gone to the dump too.
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I like to keep watch of the webcam from Bosebuck Camps.
It doesn't look like ice-out is going to be anytime soon

Bosebuck Mountain Camps
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I like to keep watch of the webcam from Bosebuck Camps.
It doesn't look like ice-out is going to be anytime soon

Bosebuck Mountain Camps
I stayed at Bosebucks last Memorial Day weekend for 4 nights.

It was awesome.

Had a big brook trout spool me at Teddy Roosevelet's rock ....
Nailed a dozen salmon where the Mag flows into Azischos.

Food and cabin and owners were awesome !

Highly recommend Bosebucks
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I like to keep watch of the webcam from Bosebuck Camps.
It doesn't look like ice-out is going to be anytime soon

Bosebuck Mountain Camps
Ditto for the Lopstick Lodge at First Connecticut Lake.

Web Cam from the Cabins At Lopstick Pittsburg NH
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Ditto for the Lopstick Lodge at First Connecticut Lake.

Web Cam from the Cabins At Lopstick Pittsburg NH

Did Lopstick 2 years ago for 3 nights .....
River fishing very good....

Lake secrets I must keep.
But big jumping leaping rainbows cant be beat ...
Thats a hint ...
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