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Old 04-23-2002, 12:40 PM
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Merrimack Spey Trip

Do we have a consensus that May 6th, Monday is our first targeted Spey trip date? Weather and water will have to cooperate, but barring any problems, let's try this data as the first shot at Merrimack Spey Rod fishing.

This is exciting stuff
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Old 04-23-2002, 06:30 PM
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I could take that Monday off if we decide that it is a good day.

The river (in Concord) looked normal today - for what it is worth.

I bought my salmon stamp today so I am good to go. I scouted the Merrimack near Sewards Falls on Sunday.

Juro - are you in?

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Old 04-23-2002, 11:32 PM
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Monday May 6th is a big day at the office. Count me in for the Sat/Sun venue if everyone's going then.

Mike - there are some stretches that are pretty incredible when the water is low. I should see if you could scope them out perhaps (amount of exposed shoreline being key)?
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Old 04-24-2002, 03:14 PM
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Juro and Mike .

I remember some of the spots we have hit in the past. I'll e-mail you with some suggestions and see what you think.

I might be able to squeak in Sunday PM and we have until ~7:30 now in the evening
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Old 04-26-2002, 03:45 PM
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Mike et all,

River flows look very reasonable from the URL input so I am curious if anyone can verify how low or high the river is right now. We also need a check on temperatures. Does anyone know of a posted source of temperatures for various points along the Upper Merrimack River?

Juro,

Does John post any information anywhere on the web of river conditions or useful information related to the Merrimack fishery?

Still targeting the 5th in the PM
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Old 05-04-2002, 11:49 AM
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Saturday AM trip

I started the morning at 6 AM at the local bagel shop in Concord. After a bite and a good cup of coffee I headed to North Concord and fished the Sewall's Falls Recreational Area (just upriver from the one lane bridge). As expected, the river was higher than it has been for the past couple of weekends. The rain this week has really got the Mighty Merrimack flowing.

The current and high water kept me away from my favorite spot. I need to get out to this spot if I want much room to back cast (no spey rod for me yet). I tried to wade out to the hole but the river was running with too much brute power this morning. Luckily, I had on my SOSpenders - which I love. If anyone has seen the memorial to the poor fisherman that died in this stretch of the river in the year 2000 then you already know why I wore the SOSpenders. I could not even tell that I had them on pretty comfy piece of safety gear.

I fished a few more areas in Concord and then I decided to turn the day into a scouting mission. I poodled on up to Franklin and I enjoyed a lovely ride (more good coffee and some good jazz to keep me company). On the way (route 3) I saw a large moose running adjacent to the road. I had enough time to pull over and spy the moose as it trotted across a meadow with typically oxymoronic graceful awkwardness. What a site to see - such an impressive creature.

I then explored the Franklin stretch of the river in great detail and I noted a few spots that I hope to hit this week before work (if the water levels drop a bit). This morning I could not safely wade on some of the shallower stretches on the east side of the river. I am sure that they were highly fishable a few weeks ago though and they may be fishable again in the near future.

I finished the morning with some hill running at the Franklin Flood Control Dam on route 127. As much as I hate dams that is a great place to fly a kite or to take a walk and enjoy a picnic.

It was a good morning although I did not raise any fish.

I will head out some more this week (maybe tomorrow evening with Jay) and I look forward to it.

Jay - I saw a mess of turkeys this morning. I hope that Vermont is treating you well.

Juro - you have got to get up here and show me how to fish these waters!

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Old 05-05-2002, 05:44 AM
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Great report Mike, sounds like the water came up. The east bank down the lower end is probably my favorite, there is also a lot of west bank access that might work out better when the levels drop.

Did you see any fish rolling?
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Old 05-05-2002, 08:16 PM
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Juro,

I saw one fish while I was on the water in Concord. That was it.

Jay. I am really sorry that I missed you today. I was out in Antrim, NH helping a friend clear out some of the 30 foot trees that have overtaken the Christmas tree farm that came with his new house. Around noon a car pulls up and a friend of ours steps out of the car. This is a special friend - special since he now lives in Argentina.

Needless to say I stayed out in Antrim all afternoon talking about life and the state of affairs in Argentina. My cell phone was dead and I lost the charger for my car. Alas, I could not call you.

I am really sorry that we did not meet up and I hope that all went well for you.

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Juro,Juro.Juro...

This isn't fair! Should I be sneaking some of my steelhead flyboxes into my luggage when we come in the end of July? You know that Atlantics are another fish on my "Wish List Agenda".
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:27 PM
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Well, let's see. The Concord to Franklin river area on Sunday was a little high still to wade easily, but I wish I was there right now. Every spot I stopped I did see fish active at some level but until I got all the way up to Franklin proper I didn't get any hits and I only hooked and landed one rainbow at the point near the high school. I couldn't locate the spot on the East side that I had used before near the Water Treament Plant, but again, when I got down to the bank, I saw fish activity on the surface.
There were several people out in the river in anchored canoes but I never saw anyone fighting a fish. Good day all in all though. I tried to hook up with Mike - we were never able to coordinate an actual meeting.

Still looking for daily river temperature information, if anyone has it. After Mother's day, I'm ready for another shot at a mini Spey 'clave.
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Old 05-07-2002, 03:39 PM
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Merrimack (cont.)

One thing I meant to ask was whether anyone has fished above the Franklin Dam yet? The Pemigewasset was supposed to be opened up last year? Fly fishing only maybe ? Catch and release?
Anyone in the area know anything about that tributary?

Tyler,

I'm not sure you should get too excited about this fishery yet. The window of opportunity is pretty narrow for catching reasonable river flows and cool enough water temperatures to get serious about it....still fun though.
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I haven't been up there yet but the new section is supposed to hold cooler temps longer into the season.

Kush -

Unfortunately by July the water temps in these non-glacial flows will exceed practical fishing temps. Besides, in July you would need a crowbar to pry me off the flats
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