October 13, 2016
New England Fishing TV Report: Pittsburg, NH
The fishing season may be winding down in New England, but the crew of New England Fishing managed to sneak in a freshwater fly fishing trip to northern New Hampshire before the curtain dropped. And what a trip it was, with the brilliant foliage providing an idyllic backdrop to the world-class salmon and trout fishing available on the upper Connecticut River.
Hosting the crew was the Cabins at Lopstick, an Orvis-endorsed outfitter in the town of Pittsburg that also offers a variety of homes and cabins for rent in the vicinity of First Connecticut Lake. The lake features a tailwater dam that feeds the Upper Connecticut River with cold, clear water and keeps the fishing productive through the hot summer months. Of course, spring and fall can be equally spectacular, if not more so!
We fished with Lopstick guides Bill Bernhardt and Greg Inglis over a 2-day stretch, and can vouch for the quality of the fishing on this uppermost section of the 410-mile river that flows through 4 states on its way to Long Island Sound. Indeed, host Tom Richardson and friend David Jensen managed to land several large landlocked salmon, plus brook, rainbow and brown trout, along a quarter-mile stretch of river. Talk about variety.
The method of choice was nymph fishing, which is more complicated than many anglers think, especially when the fish are holding in deep holes and swift current. The trick in this case was getting the fly down to the bottom, where the fish were waiting for nymphs to be swept past. However, thanks to the expert advice and patience of the 2 guides, Tom and David got the hang of it and enjoyed steady action.
Lopstick can also arrange guided grouse and woodcock hunts, and the crew filmed a short grouse session led by Dave Trahan and his German short-haired pointer. It was fascinating to watch guide and dog work the woods together. And yes, they did manage to flush a grouse.
You can catch this great hunting and fly fishing action this winter when New England Fishing airs on NESN. Stay tuned to NewEnglandBoating.com for show times and dates.
- Sage Approach Fly Rod 5-Weight
- Sage 3250 Large Arbor Fly Reel
- RIO Gold Floating Line
- Reddington Sonic Waders
- 9’ leader with 5X tippet
- Sand Juan Worm
- Hares Ear Nymph
- Red Copper John
- BH Prince