Trout Ponds of New Hampshire
Trout ponds offer a uniquely New England fly fishing opportunity
New England is blessed with a unique resource - pristine trout
ponds loaded with brook trout. Casting to rise-rings; gently setting
the hook on the strike; leading the brightly spotted trout to the
net; releasing it and watching it glide back down to the depths.
Whether it is a Fall afternoon casting hopper patterns; a Spring
afternoon casting parachute Adams; or a Summer evening casting size
8 dry flies to trout rising to two-inch long Hexagenia mayflies
hatching all around the canoe, you will have the time of your life.
Because of proactive public access laws (any pond over 10 acres
in size is owned by the state) many ponds have launch-sites for
car-top, canoe or trailored boats. Others are hike-in ponds that
are suitable for float tubes or light canoes. Many ponds are managed
for quality fishing (slot limits, fly fishing, etc.) and a few are
managed for wild trout, with catch and release strictly enforced.
Some of our favorite ponds include Willard, Dublin, Stonehouse,
Sky, Profile, Echo, and Clarksville. Our real favorites shall remain
unspoken here, but if you get the Rules 'n Regs (Freshwater
Fishing Digest) and look up the fly fishing and trout
ponds, you will see them listed. The state of NH also provides good
information about trout
stocked in each stream and pond.
Another great resource is the Freshwater Guides of New England.
This is a website and
nine regional guide books throughout New Hampshire. I wrote an article
that appears in all the New Hampshire guides that intends to de-mystify
fly fishing in ponds.
Here are a couple
fishing reports from trout ponds.