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    Default White Mountains of NH

    Spent a day in the White Mountains this week. Partly I wanted to see what the water levels and temperatures looked like. There hasn't been much rain this Spring.

    The first place I stopped surprised me. The river had changed considerably since last Fall. An October 2017 storm changed not just where the river flowed but also the river bottom. Some smalls falls were missing altogether. They'd been washed downstream to fill in the pools that were just below the falls. Big rocks had been moved around over a distance of 100-150 feet. My cousin lives near the river. She had told me back then how bad it was. Now I see what she meant.

    Once you get above the lowlands the water temperatures are good - upper 50s. The water levels are low, though. Not as low as they were at this time in 2016, but lower than the long-term average.

    This picture is from the second place I stopped.



    The rocks in the lower right corner should be under water at this time of year.

    Still, there's fishable water here.

    The fish everywhere were kind of picky. I started with a black woolly bugger and caught a few fish with it. The fish weren't exactly slamming it. Quite a few just splashed it as they turned away.

    When I tried a small black gnat it became easy. (The next best thing to the small black fly was a hot pink woolly bugger.)









    Mostly rainbows. Most stocked but some wild. All the brookies were small and wild.
    Today is always the first day of the rest of your life.
    Use it wisely.

    Paul

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    Awesome! I've been dying to get to the White Mountains to fish. I drive over the Kanc a lot in the winter and now that I've picked up fly fishing I've been dying to get out there. Only thing that stinks is that I'm a solid hour and a half away from there so I can't exactly scout any spots. If you have any tips or general areas that you'd be willing to share I'd love to talk with you. I of course don't mind if you don't want to share, I know how that is Nice fish.

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    Thanks for the comments.
    The first three fish came from the Saco.
    The last fish came from the other side of Mt Washington from the Saco.
    As long as the water stays high and cold enough the Saco, Androscoggin, Peabody and Swift will all fish well. You can't go wrong trying any of those.
    Today is always the first day of the rest of your life.
    Use it wisely.

    Paul

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