Upper Merrimac Brood Salmon
Although sad that they are brood hatchery fish and not the once mighty Merrimac native atlantics, the brood fishery is restoring some interest in salmon flyfishing for sportsmen and is contributing to the overall belief of the New England people that there really was such thing as a salmon here.
In fact, it's been the only place I can Spey cast with the hope of a salmonid flash, leaping torpedo profile, and the freestone currents rushing around my legs - without getting on a plane.
Last spring I landed a spunky 7 pounder with someone's green muddler in it's jaw. The other angler used a very light tippet and it had snapped. The hook was slightly tainted as if it would start to corrode from the jaw of the fish, so I removed it and brought it down to the fly shop as a memoir. The fish made a sharp tail slap as it rushed back into the deep rocky hole along the River Street stretch in Franklin.