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Great Day on the Mountain Rivers with Good Friends

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Just a little report on my fishing this Saturday.  Was good to see and fish with Joel Anderson again.  He had a friend with him that had taken his fly tying class and he was a great addition to the day.  Read below and enjoy.

Joel, Peter and Lee

Great Day on the Mountain Rivers with Good Friends
By: Lee Goldsmith
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The Day started nice and the drive to North Conway and the North Country Anglers was nice and peaceful.  I got to the store before Joel and had a very nice conversation with two fisherman from Mass.  They looked at the fishing report on the store which was not open at the time, but the report was way out of date.  I told them that should fish the upper Ellis section in Pinkem Notch.  Said it would be sneakers and shorts, no boot required.  I gave both a card for the site and was hoping they would come on board after they returned to Mass.  But looks like they have not and may never do so.

Joel showed just before 8:30 am and had a friend with him, it was Peter who by the way would remind you of Ian Roberts, one of my all time great fishing friends.  We introduced ourselves and we were off to the Rocky Branch.  After getting there we decided to fish up and down, I would fish up for about an hour and meet back where we started. 

Meloon Road Bridge
  Joel and Peter fished down stream. For me the fishing was all but non-existent.  I had maybe two or three little guys hit the fly but nothing that was of any size.  I was flabbergasted and said to my self this is not what I wanted for Joel and his friend.  After we got back together I found that they (Joel and Peter) had gotten into some nice fish each and I felt much better about that.  We decided it was time to go and try the Wildcat River in Jackson.

We approached the fishing buy each doing a different section of the river and meeting up again in about three hours.  Peter would fish from the Ski House up stream and then come out to the road after 3 hours.  Joel fished up from where Peter would leave off and fish up to Meloon Road Bridge.  I would fish up from Meloon Road Bridge.  The fishing for me was very much as I expected.  The first good fish was a beauty, about 10 inches and I am not sure if wild or stocked.

Good looking first good fish.
I fished up for about 3 hours, well past the power lines.  In that stretch I mush have encountered at least 30 or more fish.  By now I was hot and tired and needed a drink and something to eat.  Back at the car I did just that and had a sandwich and lots of water.  Found Joel and he was pleased with the fishing, saying he must have encountered at least 50 to 60 fish.  He said a lot were the stockies the state stocked earlier in the year.  It was just starting to shower as we went back to pickup Peter and we then decided to have lunch.  They opted to go to Kringkel's for a sub.  Then we ventured off to the Fly shop (North Country Anglers).  After that we wanted to see how the Fly Fishing Only section of the Ellis was fishing.  Again we split up and each fished a different section.  I managed one Brook Trout as did Peter, Joel did best with two fish.  The river was very warm 72 degrees so we felt we should not stress out those fish anymore.  Back to the Wildcat for a little early evening fishing.  Joel went up stream and Peter and i down to a pool that had lots of fish in it.  To my and every ones amazement was the fact that the Wildcat had come up a substantial amount from the thunder storm.  Peter was using a hooper pattern that seemed to turn the fish on.  He must have hooked at least 8 to 10 fish and it was so much fun I just watched as he got strike after strike on that fly.  The fish were not big, most around 6 to 7 inches but he did have one on that was at least 10 inches.  We called it a day and beat our way back to the car and said our good byes and that we need to do it more often.

Hope you liked the story and here are the whole lot of photo's from the day.


Pictures from out trip to the Wildcat River


by LeeGoldsmith

After my service time (4 years active) I went to collage and obtained a Masters degree in Forestry from UNH but never really worked as a forester other then to process data from other foresters using a program to calculate volume of standing timber. From there I became a self taught programmer in FORTRAN and have worked as a programmer for a manufacturing company then got into tech support now working as a test engineer for a small company that does contract work for Hewlett Packard. Lee's Fishing Page has grown from a simple site hosted by my internet provider to being hosted now by TotalChoiceHosting and being built with Geeklog and its many plugins. LFP is now on glFusion and I believe will be for the rest of time. I hope everyone likes the site and will contribute to it.
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Dave V

Tuesday, August 28 2012 @ 09:35 PM EDT

Nice report Lee. Sounds like a good time.

Eat Sleep Fly Fish


Wednesday, August 29 2012 @ 12:59 PM EDT

 Thanks for the story Lee! I've got catch up with ya soon!

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