With six days left, in the New Hampshire trout season, its time to make a list of places to fish before the rods are packed up and put away until next spring. (Unless of course you are a die-hard trout angler. More on that in future columns.)
The final two weeks of trout fishing can be fickle. Some years, we have summer-like weather with temperatures that are unfriendly to the fish. Some years, we must spend time removing ice from the guides of our rods.
The Chevy K5 Blazer turned left onto the dirt road. The Sportspal canoe wiggled on the roof and the tie-down straps strained to hold the canoe in place. Troutman and the Old Timer were headed to one of their favorite remote trout ponds for some fine fall fishing.
Walking out the door one morning this week, the smell of fall was in the air. The sky is bluer. The air crisper. The blue jays flitting. The squirrels scampering. Leaves transitioning from green to yellow, orange, red.
Labor Day signals the end of summer. Vacations are over. Kids are back in school. The three-day weekend is a last chance to get out and recreate before the winds of fall blow.
One of the unexpected outcomes of the current pandemic was the growth in outdoor activities. Hiking, biking, skiing and boating all experienced growth in 2020-2021.
Upper Hall Pond is one of the designated trout ponds in the Sandwich Wilderness of the White Mountain National Forest. Upper Hall and the companion Middle Hall and Lower Hall ponds make a fine triumvirate of trout ponds for fishing. While Middle Hall and Lower Hall are remote ponds, these po…
On Aug. 9, the Bartlett Historical Society held its monthly presentation. The subject was “The History of New Hampshire Fish & Game.” The presenter: Sgt. Alex Lopashanski. Yes, the valley’s conservation officer was making the presentation and then doing a question-and-answer session for …
A customer walked into the shop this week and dropped a fly on the counter. “Do you know the name of this fly?” he asked. My eyes bugged out of my head. “Yes, I do!” I said. “That’s the NCA Yellow Venison.”
July has been an exceptional month for trout fishing in the Mount Washington Valley. Rain and cooler temperatures have kept water levels prime. Stream and pond water temperatures have been very trout-friendly.
As the summer doldrums come upon us, an amazing thing happens on our rivers and ponds. After sizing down our flies and lures or dredging deep into the thermocline, fish miraculous throw caution to the wind and start to eat Mother Nature’s sweetness — terrestrials.
David Patch of Bartlett has been the Fish and Game Commission representative for Carroll County over the last 10 years. His term recently expired, and Gov. Chris Sununu elected to not reappoint him to the position. He has been replaced by Susan Price of Moultonborough.
Happy Fourth of July, fellow anglers. Many of you have traveled great distances to fish the beautiful waters of the Mount Washington Valley. Whether your fish of choice is trout, bass, pickerel, or perch, the valley has a place for you to wet a line and enjoy your time on the water.