Merrimack River - Upper, New Hampshire Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Fly Fishing Map of Merrimack River, NH
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Merrimack River - Upper, New Hampshire Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Water levels are very low look for fish in the deeper pools. Fish early morning or late evenings with surface lures for the most exciting action.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
7 / 17 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Merrimack River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 642

Visibility: 54 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 74 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: mid-day

Best stretch: Franklin to Concord

Best access point: Boscawen Boat Launch. Shore access can be found at various locations along route 3.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

alder fly hatch in mid-June

Fish species: Smallmouth bass, trout

Fishing season: no closed season for all species except for salmon.

Nearest airport: Manchester -Boston Regional Airport

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Merrimack River Description

The upper Merrimack river from Franklin to Concord NH is a large freestone river formed by the confluence of the Pemigewasset and Winnipesaukee rivers in Franklin. The river continues flowing southeast ward through Nashua NH into Massachusetts before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. The upper river has a good current flow with long stretches of calm water interrupted by shallow rapids. While trout are stocked ...

Techniques & Tips

Fish surface poppers and deer hair bass bugs in the mornings and evenings or in areas of shade. Try swinging and or striping streamers during the day or in sunlight areas. Weighted crayfish and woolly buggers fish in areas around fast currents will produce also.

7-Day Forecast

Hot weather is in the forecast for the coming week. Try fishing mornings and late afternoons/ evenings.

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