Saco River, New Hampshire Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Saco River, New Hampshire Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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River is currently open and fishable. Fish deep pools with large baitfish imitations and Depth Charge lines. Bigger holdover brown trout will be active during warmest part of day. Flurocarbon leaders are a must. Leaders should be short and stout.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Saco River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: see usgs for current flows

Visibility: 48 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 38 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: late morning and afternoon to evening

Best stretch: Conway to Maine line

Best access point: Covered Bridge at Davis Park or behind the Conway Police Station

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Little black stones on warm days. However this is mostly streamer fishing at this time of year.

Fish species: Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout

Fishing season: Late March through mid-October

Nearest airport: Portland ME

Saco River Description

The Saco River emanates from Saco lake in Crawford notch. From there it flows southeast through the towns of Bartlett, North Conway and Conway before flowing southeast into Fryeburg ME. The river is a freestone mountain stream from Crawford Notch through North Conway. Below there the river slows with sandy stretches and log jams. Throughout it's NH course the river is crystal clear providing excellent dry fly ...

Techniques & Tips

Streamers fished deep. Do not be surprised if the "log" you hooked starts to move. The brown trout are BIG and strong. Flurocarbon leaders in 2x will hold large brown trout.

7-Day Forecast

Highs in the 40's and low 20's for the through midweek. Sunny days and cooler nights. Return to frigid temps next weekend.


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