Just got back from the upper Connecticut River. Man it was fun. Where specifically was I? The Connecticut Lakes area up in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, by the Canadian line. It’s a haul from my home, about 300 miles. But hey, I love the Great North Woods. Loons calling across the lake, majestic moose alongside the road, ringed by mountains, blessed with shining lakes, and that wonderful smell of balsam. Beautiful country.
So how was the fishing? Glad you asked. There are plenty of fine trout ponds in the area, but I prefer fishing the Connecticut River itself. The “Trophy Stretch”, which runs between First Connecticut Lake and Lake Francis, is likely the most popular water. Nice riffles and runs holding beaucoup fish. Rainbows and brookies for the most part. Hell, sometime on the “Trophy Stretch”, you’ll think it’s raining trout.
This trip the rainbows were about 11″ on average and brookies upwards of 15″. Not bad. Still, bigger fish are around; in the past I’ve caught brookies up to 3 pounds. And the “Trophy Stretch” has landlocked salmon too, although spring and fall offer your best bet at hooking those high-flying rockets.
I make this trip nearly every year, and I always stay at Lopstick Lodge on the shores of First Connecticut Lake. Owners, Tim & Lisa Savard, run a first class operation, believe me. Great accomodations, a fly shop, rental boats, guides, and drift boat trips too. And yes, if you want to roll your own adventure, Tim and Lisa will freely share their indepth knowledge of the area. They going to make you feel right at home. Check them out at www.cabinsatlopstick.com/