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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.