Sunday, October 12, 2014

Fly Fishing New Hampshire: Mohawk River

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Lake Gloriette at the Balsams Resort, located in Dixville Notch, NH.

Mohwak River Facts

Location:  Between Dixville Notch and Colebrook, NH. Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/r0IqB
Fishing Season: April 04 to October 15th.
Special Rules:  No.
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only. Catch and fry pan is permitted.
Floating:  Highly not recommend. Size of river-stream and depth does not support floating opportunities. My suggestion = Walk-Wade Only.
Entrance Fee: No.
Camping: Coleman State Park is the closest campground.  At the campground, you can fish Diamond and Little Diamond Pond. Fishing both are best by watercraft. 
Length:  13.8 Miles.  
Depth:  More like a small stream.  Pools are not deep, perhaps between 4ft-8ft.  Long stretches of shallow water that look fishable, but don't waste your time (find the deepest water and structure).
Origin: Dixville Notch streams and Lake Gloriette.
Tributaries:  4.6 mile East Branch of the Mohawk, beginning in Coleman State Park.
Termination:  Connecticut River; just north of the Route 26 bridge, in Colebrook.  
Access: Much of the river is accessible from Route 26.


At the time of this picture, conditions = mid-summer, hot, and low water. I walked away from known spots because they had been fished out. Truthfully, I was shocked to find this Brown Trout.  It was tucked underneath a large boulder. If you understand river hydraulics, fishing around large boulders should never be overlooked; even when water levels are low.

Why Fish the Mohawk River
    
  • Native Species:  Though, there could be a very small population of EBT's, I do not believe the river sustains native species. 
  • Stocked Fish:  NH Fish and Game regularly stocks rainbows and browns. At the confluence of the CT river, it is rumored that fish will swim up the Mohawk, in the spring.
  • Structure: Only a small handful of fishable pools.  Fishes better early, when water levels are higher.  Fishes better just after NH Fish and Game stocks.
  • Location: If your staying in the Colebrook or Errol area, this is easily accessible. 
  • Experience:  I was told great things about the Mohawk.  I was underwhelmed, but I did manage to catch a few fish. This river is heavily fished by the public, in obvious pull off areas.
  • Scenery:  General area is beautiful, but the river itself is never far from the road or a home.


How to Fish the Mohawk River

Please visit http://firstcastflyfishing.blogspot.com/p/lessons-guiding_22.html

Final Word


The Mohawk River does not make my top ten New Hampshire fly fishing list; probably not even my top 20.  However, if your in the area, and if you are looking for easy access, and family fun, then go for it.   

Thanks for reading.  We hope you enjoyed this post.

Gone Fishing,

Mark

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