New England trout in first gear
<b>New England Trout Report</b>
<font size="1">March 26, 2000</font><!--1-->
Although water temps are still a little cool, each morning on Boston metro (west) region's ponds have shown lots of trout rising with repeats in the evening. Of the fly guys I spoke with, those working bead head buggers deep and slow were doing best at this time. The gnats were hatching in droves on the lee / sunny shores but on the cool sides of the stillwater ponds like Walden and Whites the bug activity was subdued. Those trolling conventional or working shiners deep had very good luck.
Cape and south shore ponds have been doing well for weeks, in fact guys like Tony Stetzko have been hitting fish right through the winter. My favorite ponds "on cape" are those with herring runs, which puts a big shot of protein into the gamefish population.
Nissitissit and Squanacook are running with good volumes at this time, a little warmup would get things really moving. I hope to be testing the waters for a bit today, a report will follow. I'll be working a beadhead stone on a dropper from a stimulator or trude as an indicator (thanks BobD!).
In addition to the brood salmon opportunities on the Upper Merrimac (Franklin NH area) the trout they stock in that scenic stretch are large and I've mistaken them for smaller salmon last year. This is not to mention the smallmouth in the river. For salmon, the trick is to fish it when the water is running at a moderate to low flow, while not being too warm. This weekend would be ideal as would the next.
Please post related trout reports - these will be valuable to search later on, perhaps next year...