Saturday, October 4, 2014

Fly Fishing Southern New Hampshire: The Exeter River

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If you like to fish with light tackle, and if your not a trout snob, the Exeter River will keep you entertained.

Exeter River Facts

Location:  New Hampshire. Google Maps:
Fishing Season: April to October.  Please visit
Special Rules: Yes.  From October 16th, until the 4th Saturday in April, this is a single hook, catch-n-release fishery.
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Floating:  Only recommended in slow water areas. Walk-Wade. Wet-Wading in summer.
Entrance Fee:  No; however, anglers should strongly consider donating to Three Rivers Stocking Association. For information
Camping: No.
Length: 40.5 Miles.
Origin: Chester, NH.
Termination: Squamscott River, downtown Exeter.
Fly Rods: 1wt-4wt during mid/late summer. Perhaps, with high water, 5wt early spring.
Fly Lines:  99.9% Floating.
Flies:  Fish are not picky, but we only share this information with our FCFF clients. 

The Exeter River is a 40.5-mile (65.2 km)-long[1] river located in Rockingham County in southeastern New Hampshire, theUnited States.  It rises in the town of Chester, 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Manchester. It follows a winding course east and northeast to Exeter, where it becomes the Squamscott River, a tidal river leading north to Great Bay. There are falls and small dams at Exeter and several other villages along the river. Its drainage basin encompasses an area of 126 square miles (330 km2). The upper 33.3 miles (53.6 km) of the river, from its headwaters to its confluence with Great Brook in Exeter, were designated into the NH Rivers Management and Protection Program in August 1995. Information provided by

Why Fish the Exeter River
  • Native Species:  American Eel, Lamprey Eel, Bull Head, Chain Pickerel, Chub, Suckers, Pumpkin Seed/Sun Fish, Yellow Perch, Golden Shiner, Black Nose Dace. Hundreds of years ago, the Exeter River sustained Atlantic Salmon runs.
  • Non-Native Species:  Small and large Mouth Bass.
  • Stocked Fish: The NH Fish & Game stocks in the spring only. Rainbow and Brown Trout, and Brook Trout. 
  • Location:  A short drive from all points in southern NH and Boston, MA. 
  • Experience:  Minutes from historic downtown Exeter, the river (stream) is far from blue ribbon designation.  Known as a family river, it's a great little river if you want to squeeze in a few minutes of fishing on your lunch break or before the morning meeting at the office.
  • Size: due to the size of the river, this is strictly walk-n-wade fishing.
  • Structure and Depth:  Varies greatly.
  • Scenery:  You are never far from a house and the road. 

How to Fish the Exeter River

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Final Word:

Enjoy! The Exeter River is a small family type river (stream) that offers both warm and cold water fishing. Thanks for reading.  We hope you enjoyed reading this post.

Gone Fishing,