Rivers & Resources
New Hampshire River Flows
NH Safe Wading Flow Levels
Click on the Station Number to get a graph for the selected river for the last eight days. This can be used to see the river flow trend. By changing the number of days, longer time intervals can be reviewed. This can be used to determine how rain affects flows; how fast the river rises and how long it takes to return to normal.
The “High” number is when wading is extremely difficult with few if any places to wade safely. The “Low” number is a safe wading flow.
Flows can change rapidly on any river from dam releases or rain.
New Hampshire rivers are difficult to wade. We never wade without a wading stick. These numbers are based on what we feel comfortable with and can vary depending on the experience level and physical ability of an angler. We are on the water almost daily during the season and know the river structure and obstacles and where to wade safely. Be cautious – be safe- and have fun!
Check the USGS gages on each river to learn flow level in Cubic feet per second (CFS) and river height.
Our recommended “High” level = the very highest level it is safe and worthwhile to fish a given river. Our “Good” level = the ideal level to safely fish the river.
CT River :
Below Indian Stream – High 600, Good under 300
North Stratford – High 2,000, Good 1,000
Errol and Shelburne, High 2,000 CFS, Good under 1,500
North Woodstock – High 800, Good 400
Plymouth – High 1,800, Good under 1,000
Franklin – High 1,800, Good under 1,000
Saco River :
North Conway High 1,000, Good under 600
Contoocook River :
West Henniker H 800, Good under 500
Sugar River :
Newport High 600, Good under 300
New Boston High 350, Good 200
We highly recommend some of the best fly shops in New England which specialize in friendly, personal service and local knowledge:
Concord Outfitters is in the western suburbs of Boston in Concord, MA. They are truly a full service fly shop that is well-stocked with fly fishing gear and tying materials. Owner Andy Bonzagni is friendly, knowledgeable and will go out of his way to point you in the right direction. And you can’t go wrong with their trips to the best fly fishing destinations in the world.
Stone River Outfitters in Amherst, NH, is an easy ten-minute detour off route 3 on your way from Greater Boston to points north in NH and VT. Well-stocked with quality gear, it also a good place to get some fly tying tips. Say “hi” to Dan and Nate for us.
Morse Sporting Goods is located in Hillsborough, NH, just a cast away from the beautiful Contoocook River. Jim Morse and the staff provide friendly service and expert local advice. They are a full-service outdoor store, with hunting, archery and fishing getting equal billing, depending on the season. Whether you need a license and a few local-favorite flies, or a complete fly fishing outfit, you will not find friendlier more helpful service anywhere. Say “hi” to owner Jim Morse for us.
Mountain High Fly Shop When you’re in Lincoln stop by the Mountain High Fly Shop, a fully stocked shop with information, flies and gear to make your fly fishing trip a success.
LL Cotes and Percy’s Flies in Errol, NH, our “home away from home,” are must-visit stops in the North Country. More than once they have come through with fly fishing gear, gadgets and flies that replenish our supplies when the hatch is on. Stop in to see the white moose, even if you don’t need any flies!
North Country Angler is the best fly shop in the Mt. Washington Valley. When fishing the Saco River and remote ponds, stop in and pick up a free river map, a few flies and say “hi” to owner Steve Angers for us. You will be glad you did!