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Merrimack River 5/12

05-13-2002, 04:14 AM
I fished the Merrimack in beautiful downtown Lawrence Sunday morning (ah the ambiance). I took my Spey to practice for the Skeena this fall. I was fishing for American Shad, when low and behold a pull, a jump, followed by a bunch more, one Atlantic Salmon brought to hand, and released. I can't think of a better way to christen a fly rod.I like this spey thing.
I did have two shad on, but they pulled off. There were a bunch of boats below the island striper fishing with live alewife.

05-13-2002, 06:17 AM
WOW - was it a searun AS?

05-14-2002, 03:34 AM

05-15-2002, 12:43 PM
Congratulations Domenic,

Catching a sea run Atlantic in Mass is a major coup. How heavy would you estimate it to be and what weight is the rod you used?

05-15-2002, 07:46 PM
It was about a 5-6lb grilse ,on a 14 ft 10 weight sage .

05-15-2002, 10:18 PM
What Mass. Atlantic Salmon !!!

Juro have you been holding this information back from us?

I would be over there in a second if I was close enough for a shot at some of those.

06-07-2002, 05:59 AM
Hi All,

Any further updates on fishing the Merrimack upper river this Spring ? The cool Spring and relatively strong rainfall prompts me to ask if anyone was able to fish the river above Lawrence in late May or this past weekend.