Just a short story of Brian Duffel and I fishing the Wildcat and the Rocky Branch Rivers.
Rocky Branch Revisited
By: Lee Goldsmith
The day started with very nice weather. Picked up Brian around 7:30am and we were off to the north country. Made a stop at the Eaton Country Store for coffee and some water and ice. After this stop we proceeded to North Conway and the North Country Angler's for a few more Elk Hair Caddis Flies. Had to wait about 5 minute for Bill to show up and open the store. I picked up three new Elk Caddis flies and Bill said you must be going to the Wildcat River, and I said yes we are. It has been fishing good now for around two or three weeks.
Up to the river we went and got into our shorts and sneakers (Fishing attire for this time of year). Parked across from the Ski Lodge and fished a favorite pool of mine in the Wildcat River. It did not disappoint, we caught around 3 to 4 fish and the first fish was really large for this river.
Low and behold who drives up as we finish our lunch but Bill Franke and one of his grandsons. It has been a long time since I last saw Bill and it was great to see him again. Bill was fishing with his grandson and this is charming, Bill had made a fishing pole out of Striped Maple for his grandson to use. They also had some success farther down river from us. We had a long talk about things, Bill selling the business of his and how it came about. Bill looked good and I asked about his health and he kind of sluffed it off. So I did not pursue it anymore. Bill had said that he and the grandson fished Rocky Branch earlier with no luck. So they were off and we had to make a decision where to fish next.
We decided to go to the Rocky Branch because I wanted to show Brian what the damage was like on the river. Brian had fished it several times with me and wanted to see the damage. So off to Jericho road we went and got there at about 12:30pm. We drove as far as you could and parked and started to walk the road that had washed out so bad in the fall storm Irene.
We started at a good looking pool but nothing was there that wanted my Elkhair Caddis. Moving along we finally encountered a fish and it was a good sized wild Brook Trout. It was really evident that the river has had some dramatic changes. The rivers course has moved a lot but there are some great looking pools and the fishing was extremely good. We fished about three tenths of a mile of river and had at least 12 to 15 fish and most were 6 inches or better and most over 7 inches. I was impressed with the fishing, and will surely fish that river many more times this year.
After the walk out back to the car we called it a day of fishing and headed home. On the way we did stop to see Bill again at his house and tell him how well the Rocky Branch had fished. The river is beat up but the fish are there, the character has changed but in some areas it is better. Thats it folks and I hope you liked my little tale of fishing for a day.
Slide show below of all pictures.
Wildcat and Rocky Branch Pictures