North Country Salmon
Just returned from four days in the CT Lakes region of New Hampshire trout and salmon fishing. I guess MA isn't the only place tht has had a cold spring and nothing but rain. The water was the highest I'd ever seen, making the fishing a bear.
Still, as the weather improved and the water receeded, we managed to get a few nice rainbows and salmon each day on streamers and big bead heads. Tough to get a fly down with the lead ban though.
The rainbows that leave the lakes and swim up the raging currents into the pools of the river are strong as bluefish and make for some great fights.
Most of the land locked Atlantics we got this year were small, 12-16", but when they jump four feet in the air 5 or 6 times, the size matters less and less. I guess we missed the smelt run this year by about a week, so the salmon were all on bead heads.
Unfortunately, the fishing pressure was heavier than ever. This seems to be the case everywhere I go, fresh or salt.
The last day i left, someone took a 3+ pound 21" brookie in one of the small feeder streams. Man oh man, how I wish that had been me.