Sunday, June 28, 2015

New England Fly Fishing Lessons: Stonehouse Pond, New Hampshire

Fly Fishing Lessons: $5 per Hour!

We believe, in order to get more people into the sport of fly fishing, you deserve the very best instruction, at the lowest price possible.  This is why we offer lessons based on a donation only fee system.  In other words, if you have a well paying job, do the right thing by paying the suggested minimum donations.  If money is tight, make a donation that works for you and your family.  It's that simple.

Beginner Casting Class Donation Rates

  • (1) Angler: suggested minimum donation is $20.00 per hour
  • (2-3) Anglers: suggested minimum donation is $10.00 per hour, per person
  • (4-6) Anglers: suggested minimum donation is $5.00 per hour, per person
  • Minimum Course Time: 2 hours
  • Age: Under 12 years old, must be accompanied by an adult  
  • Monday- Sunday

You can read more about our lessons and guiding programs at

Don't have time to drive north? Stonehouse Pond offers great scenery and good fishing for southern New Hampshire.

 Stonehouse Pond Facts

Location:  Barrington, New Hampshire. Google Maps:
Fishing Season: April 4th to October 15th.  Please visit
Special Rules: Yes, fly fishing only. No petroleum motorized boats.
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Floating:  Yes. Walk-Wade is extremely difficult. 
Entrance Fee: No.
Camping: No.
Size: 13 acres.  Easily canoe or kayak entire pond, within short amount of time.
Average Depth: 24 feet
Deepest Depth: 55 feet

Why Fish Stonehouse Pond
  • Native Species:  Eastern Brook Trout, varying from small to large holdovers. Also, Blue Gill/Pumpkin Seed, and feisty Chain Pickerel. 
  • Non-Native Species:  N/A.
  • Stocked Fish: Brook Trout, provided by NH Fish and Game.
  • Location:  A short drive from all points in southern NH and Boston, MA. 
  • Experience:  For southern New Hampshire, this is the closest thing resembling a wild Brook Trout fishery.
  • Scenery:  Fall colors are amazing.
  • Swimming:  Though I see people swimming, the posted rules, prohibit bathing.

More than a traditional float tube/belly boat. More stable than a canoe or kayak. The combination of foot fins and oars, allow the angler to hold his/her position, especially on windy days!  The water-master float boats are the DIY angling ultimate pond-river-lake-ocean craft.

How to Fish Stonehouse Pond

Option A:  We offer one man float boat (not traditional float tube) fishing service.  This is an extremely safe experience and offers an opportunity to catch Brook Trout, and perhaps a feisty Pickerel.  We would be happy to work with you.

Option B:  DIY (Do it Yourself).  If you plan to fish Stonehouse Pond on your own, your best bet is:

  • Remember, this body of water is fly fishing only, and catch and release is encouraged.  Please use barbless hooks.
  • Canoe, Kayak, Belly Boat, SUP. No Petroleum Motors. 
  • Fish are not always in the deep waters. Move around, explore, experiment.  There are plenty of hungry fish in this pond.
  • 2wt-6wt fly rods.  Casting and trolling from watercraft.
  • Brook Trout have been known to strike at just about any fly. Experiment with different flies.
  • The use of floating and sinking fly lines depends on seasonal/daily conditions.

Final Word

Enjoy! Stonehouse Pond is picturesque body of water offering excellent fishing.

Thanks for reading.  We hope you enjoyed this post.

Gone Fishing,