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
Fish unweighted streamers and poppers. Try fishing some large (#10) elk hair caddis in the shaded areas.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
9 / 17 / 2018
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Merrimack River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 752

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 65 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: early morning/ evenings

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

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

Water levels are to low for drift boat activity boat and are not expected to be rising anytime soon. Water temperatures however, are right for the fish.

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