Fly Fishing New Hampshire: The Ellis River

Ellis River FactsLocation:  New Hampshire. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/gkxygFishing Season: April to October.  Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.Floating:  No. Walk-Wa…

Ellis River Facts

Location:  New Hampshire. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/gkxyg
Fishing Season: April to October.  Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Floating:  No. Walk-Wade. Wet-Wading in summer.
Entrance Fee:  No.
Camping: Yes. Both public and private, the Mt. Washington Valley (lots of options)
Length: 16.7 Miles
Origin: 6,288ft Mt. Washington
Termination: Joins the Saco River, then flows to the Atlantic Ocean.
Fly Rods: 1wt-4wt
Fly Lines:  Floating.  
Flies:  Fish are not picky, but we only share this information with our FCFF clients.



A short walk from the 64ft Glen Ellis Falls = Prime Brook Trout Territory 


I am no expert, but I have read enough books that tell me that wild brook trout, in order to reproduce and thrive, need clean cold water.  Sadly, these days, clean cold water is starting to sound like an oxymoron.  But, believe it not, just a short drive from the busy streets of North Conway, New Hampshire; you can access the Ellis River and experience some of the best wild brook trout fishing in all of New Hampshire.  In fact, there are parts of the Ellis River, that I would gladly spend the rest of my life...fishing, day-dreaming, relaxing, eating, and napping (the key ingredients of a great day of fishing).

Before moving forward, I must admit I have not fished the Ellis thoroughly enough to explain in detail the middle and lower sections.  Why?  I tend to fish as far up stream as possible.  This does two things for me:


  1. I am targeting wild fish only.  In the middle and lower sections, you will catch stocked rainbows and brown trout.
  2. I try my best to get far away from human influence/pressure. 
  3. The upper section of the Ellis River is heavily shaded = key ingredient for prime wild brook trout habitat!  The middle and lower sections are wider = less shade = warmer water.


Upper Ellis Brook Trout.  We always try to take pictures of fish in or near the water...never on land.  


Here's what to expect and why you want to fish the Ellis River:
    
  • Fish:  In the upper reaches of the Ellis, you'll find plenty of wild Brook Trout (Salvelinu Fontinalis).  In the lower sections, especially in the fly fishing section only, you may catch brook trout, rainbow trout and brown trout.  
  • Location:  You want a short drive from North Conway, NH; and Gorham, NH.  You don't want to walk/hike for hours/days. You want to drive, park and fish within a short distance of your car.
  • Experience:  You want to get away from the crowds and catch wild brook trout.
  • Size: You want to fish a river that lends itself to short cast and delicate presentations. 
  • Structure:  You want a river loaded with rocks, boulders, and small picturesque pools. 
  • Scenery:  You want New England hardwoods, mountains, wild animals. 


If your willing to walk/hike, big dreamy pools await. 


How to Fish the Ellis River

Option A:  If you are too busy and don't have time to plan/research, etc., FCFF would be happy to guide you.

Option B:  DIY (Do it Yourself).  If you plan to fish the Ellis River on your own, a helpful resource is a book called Field Guide to Trout Streams of New Hampshire. http://www.fieldguidesnh.com/troutstream.html  This book doesn't offer specific angling tips, but it does provide exact locations where you can pull off, park and fish. Also, on each page, you'll find topographical maps in the book.  I find the combination of this book and the NH Atlas & Gazetteer, works best for me. http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtdItemDetail.jsp?item=234&section=10096&forge_prod=77XHuVfO0mR45isN3pAjnmLQ:S&forge_prod_pses=forge_prod%3D77XHuVfO0mR45isN3pAjnmLQ%253AS~


Tips:  

  • Year round, finding cold water in the upper reaches should not be a problem. Combine this cold water with depth and structure = Brook Trout! 
  • Find pools and pockets that are at least 5ft deep = prime real estate for brookie.
  • Find large rocks/boulders = wild brook trout love to hide-hide-hide = you have to put your fly as close to the rocks as possible. 
  • You'll catch more fish in the shaded areas.
  • Move...keep moving!  When weather conditions are warm, water is low, you need to find fish located in cold, deep water. The further you fish away from the parking areas, the better the fishing is! 


Nymphing small pools and pockets
Ellis River Big Brookie +/- 10"


Fishing the Ellis River with FCFF

At heart, we are DIY walk-hike-wade fisherman.  That being said, we encourage you to get outside; fish and explore on your own.  But, if you would like some assistance, guiding-lessons, etc., please feel free to contact us.

Final Word:

Enjoy! The Ellis River is a good little river...filled with beautiful wild brook trout.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to do so. Many thanks and hope to see you next season in Patagonia.

Gone Fishing,

Mark


PS. Our business is 100% by referrals (word of mouth).  Please feel free to share this amongst friends. Also, you can follow our blog via email, Facebook or Google Connect.

More Pics of the Ellis River


If you willing to walk, the upper section of the Ellis has dozens of deep pools filled with Brook Trout

My type of rest area!

Cold Water + Shade + Depth + Structure = Brook Trout


Without Tree's = We can't keep it together.

Wow...does not get much better than this pool (Shade-Depth-Structure-Cold Water)

The biggest beaver's I have ever seen!

Beaver Den

Time for Dinner

Fly Fishing New Hampshire: The Wild River

Wild River FactsLocation:  New Hampshire and Maine. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/ZpamZFishing Season: April to October.  Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.Floating:&nbs…

Wild River Facts

Location:  New Hampshire and Maine. Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/ZpamZ
Fishing Season: April to October.  Please visit http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Floating:  No. Walk-Wade. Wet-Wading in summer.
Entrance Fee:  No.
Camping: Yes; Wild River, Cold River/AMC, Hastings Campground
Length: 17.2 Miles
Origin: No Ketchum Pond, Bean's Purchase.
Termination: Androscoggin River, Gilead Maine.
Fly Rods: 1wt-4wt.
Fly Lines:  Floating.  
Flies:  Fish are not picky, but we only share this information with our FCFF clients.  


Wild River Brook Trout

I have fished enough rivers in New Hampshire to know that the Wild River is one of the 'best of the best', in small river/stream classification (and experience).  After a statement like that, I am bound to have at least 50% of my readers agree, and the other 50%, disagree.  So, please allow me to qualify my statement with the following criteria:  
    
  • Fish:  You use light tackle and target wild brook trout (Salvelinu Fontinalis) and small, but aggressive rainbows.  
  • Location:  You want a short drive from North Conway NH, Gorham NH, and Bethel Maine.  You don't want to walk/hike for hours/days. You want to drive, park and fish within a short distance of your car.
  • Experience:  You want to get away from the crowds and catch wild brook trout.
  • Size: You want to fish a river that lends itself to short cast and delicate presentations. 
  • Structure:  You want a river loaded with rocks, boulders, and small picturesque pools. 
  • Scenery:  You want New England hardwoods, mountains, wild animals. 


Wild River Rainbow

History

The Wild River Wilderness area has a rich history, both for the state's of New Hampshire and Maine. As you can imagine tree's, railroads, and hunting-fishing have played major roles in the history of this area. Rather than butcher the facts, it's best for me to recommend books that I have read.


Note: I personally believe that all fisherman should read a few books about the logging history of New England. To do so, makes you realize how the woods-water-fish are connected.  Reading a few books would also make you understand and appreciate how special this part of the world once was, and hopefully will continue to be. Other good New England tree/logging books are Spiked Boots and Tall Tree's-Tough Men.  Both books briefly mention trout fishing in New England.

How to Fish the Wild River

Option A:  If you are too busy and don't have time to plan/research, etc., FCFF would be happy to guide you.

Option B:  DIY (Do it Yourself).  If you plan to fish the Wild River on your own, a helpful resource is a book called Field Guide to Trout Streams of New Hampshire. http://www.fieldguidesnh.com/troutstream.html  This book doesn't offer specific angling tips, but it does provide exact locations where you can pull off, park and fish. Also, on each page, you'll find topographical maps in the book.  I find the combination of this book and the NH Atlas & Gazetteer, works best for me. http://shop.delorme.com/OA_HTML/DELibeCCtdItemDetail.jsp?item=234&section=10096&forge_prod=77XHuVfO0mR45isN3pAjnmLQ:S&forge_prod_pses=forge_prod%3D77XHuVfO0mR45isN3pAjnmLQ%253AS~


Wild River Big Brookie

Do I fish the New Hampshire or Maine side of the Wild River?

Good news...the Wild River is considered a border access river.  This means by having a NH or ME fishing license, you can both sides of the state lines.  Personally, I have walked/fished for miles, on both sides. Overall, I have been very pleased with my fishing experiences, but you need to learn and understand where the fish hold.  For instance, on both sides you will experience long flat sections. These sections look very fishy and romantic, but they rarely hold fish.  Specifically, in warm weather and low water conditions, these sections will not produce any fish.  Closer to Gilead, Maine, as it joins the Androscoggin River, the river flattens significantly...early season, this junction produces larger fish (primarily stocked fish).

Tips: 

  • Throughout the year, find cold water (especially during the summer months).
  • Find fast moving water (FYI, rainbows love fast water). Fish the seam between fast and slow water.
  • Find pools and pockets that are at least 5ft deep = prime real estate for fish.
  • Find large rocks/boulders = wild brook trout love to hide-hide-hide = you have to put your fly as close to the rocks as possible. 
  • Move...keep moving!  When weather conditions are warm, water is low, you need to find fish located in cold, deep water. The further you fish away from the parking areas, the better the fishing is! 


Wild River Big Brookie

Fishing the Wild River with FCFF

At heart, we are DIY walk-hike-wade fisherman.  That being said, we encourage you to get outside; fish and explore on your own.  But, if you would like some assistance, guiding-lessons, etc., please feel free to contact us.

Final Word:

Enjoy! The Wild River Wilderness area is a very special place...filled with beautiful wild brook trout.

We hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to do so. Many thanks and hope to see you next season in Patagonia.

Gone Fishing,

Mark


PS. Our business is 100% by referrals (word of mouth).  Please feel free to share this amongst friends. Also, you can follow our blog via email, Facebook or Google Connect.



Wild River Big Brookie = Big or small, there is noting like catching a wild fish!















































































Fly Fishing Patagonia Argentina: Walk-Wade and Float Trips




The 2014 Patagonia fly fishing season will be here soon.  Come join us and experience the real Patagonia!  



To learn more about our fly fishing packages, please visit the ‘Patagonia’ tab, on the above header.    


Argentina Fishing Season: November 1st to May 31st.























Why Visit and Fly Fish Argentina?


Atop Cerro Catedral in Bariloche. Photo by FCFF.


Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and covers over 1 million square miles. Despite its size, Argentina is only inhabited by 40 million people.  Half of the population lives within ten of the largest metropolitan areas.  The other half of the population is spread throughout rural areas and in some parts of the country, population density is among the lowest in the world.  This affords visitors the opportunity to entertain in modern citys’ such as Buenos Aires, yet escape to…

  • Oceans of open land in Patagonia…equivalent to the America West +100 years ago
  • Explore the longest mountain range in the world,  the Andes at 4,400 miles.
  • Visit the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua 22,841ft
  • Stand on wind swept beaches and view Sea Lions, Penguins and Orcas.
  • Drive to the end of the earth and visit the land of fire, Tierra del Fuego.
  • Tour Antarctica, it’s only a few hundred miles from Tierra del Fuego.
  • Watch monkeys and other exotic species while fishing in subtropical forest.
  • Feel the power and the spray of the longest waterfall in the word, Iguazu Falls.
  • Witness one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Peritio Mereno. 
  • Savor Argentinas famous cuisine (beef) and Malbec wines.
  • And of course, wet a line in the immense network of lakes and rivers filled with wild Salmon, Steelhead, Sea Run Brown Trout, Brown-Rainbow-Brook Trout and South America’s very own apex predator, the Golden Dorado.


FCFF Home H2O: Northern Patagonia

Bamboo Thickets in Valdivian Rainforest. Photo by FCFF.

Northern Patagonia (Neuquen Province):  In the 1960’s, fly fishing gods such as Joe Brooks and Mel Krieger made the rivers surrounding Junin de los Andes famous. What they discovered back then was a trout fishery unlike any place on Earth. They discovered many of the rivers in the area are attached to large trout producing Andean lakes. As a result, during the spring and fall runs, they targeted monster rainbows and browns moving in and out of the lakes. When the runs slowed down in mid-summer, they discovered an amazing dry-fly fishery second to none. Today, dry fly fishermen have pioneered the use of large attractor dry flies, such as the gypsy king, chernobyl ants, large hopper patterns, and big beetles. Folks, Junin de los Andes is the fly fishing capital of Argentina.  Though vacation towns such as Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes offer more for the average tourist, there is no other place other than Junin that offers more accessible rivers/lakes and modern conveniences for the fly fisherman.  Below is a list of rivers and lakes that we fish in the surrounding Junin de los Andes area. 

Chimehuin River – is a large freestone river (similar to the Madison River) and offers the trophy hunter a chance to wet the fly in the world famous ‘Boca.’ In addition, it’s the picture perfect fishery for float and sight fishing while prospecting with streamers, nymphs, and large attractor dry flies. The river fishes best from early December to to then end of February. March tends to be a transition month.  In April and May, when the rains and cold weather come, the ‘Boca’ can produce large migratory brown’s.

Collon Cura River – is known as the most prolific trout fishery in all of Patagonia! The trout are wickedly wild and average in the chunky 14” to 20” range and fall browns can come close to 30”. As you float this large river, the willows and high sandstone cliffs will remind you of Wyoming’s Snake River. During low water levels, its mild gradient and broad gravel riffles make for easy wading. Minnows are an important food source in this river, so you’ll find streamers are effective throughout the season (particularly in January, April and May). Like other local rivers, dry fly fishing with large attra
ctors will produce action throughout the day.

Alumine River – is a slower river for the dry fly purest who loves to match hatches for large sipping trout. The river is often compared to Montana’s Missouri River and anglers often take rainbows between 16″ and >20″. The river fishes best during peak summer months when the caddis and mayfly hatches occur.  During the months of April and May, the brown trout fishing ranks with the Collon Cura and other rivers.

Malleo River – like the Alumine, this river is a spectacular fishery for the dry fly enthusiast. Known for its spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches, anglers will delight with wild, hard fighting fish.  This is a wade only fishery and for those who like to walk-wade for trophy wild fish, this is your river.
Caleufu River – Due to the proximity to the Piedra del Aguila reservoir, this river fishes extremely well early and late in the season. In fact, late in the season there is what locals call the minnow hatch.  If the minnow hatch is on, and if you have a small minnow like pattern, fishing for large rainbows and browns can be amazing!  Warning, your minnow fly and presentation must be exact or these fish will not take it. Overall, this river is a medium-size tributary of the Collon Cura and can be floated till the end of January, beginning or February.
Tromen, Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Verde, and Curruhe Lakes – a trip to Patagonia would not be complete without fishing one of these magnificent trophy trout filled lakes! The combination of crystal clear waters, breath taking views and water filled with rainbows, browns, brookies and land locked salmon makes for an unforgettable day. You’ll be stripping streamers, tossing dries and sight fishing with a chance to land all four species in one day!


Final Word

We hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to do so.  Many thanks and hope to see you next season in Patagonia.

Gone Fishing,

Mark

PS. Our business is 100% by referrals (word of mouth).  Please feel free to share this amongst friends.  Also, you can follow our blog via email, Facebook or Google Connect.

PS. To read more about Patagonia, simply use the First Cast Search Engine.  For Example: type in Malleo River or scroll archived post.




The 2014 Patagonia fly fishing season will be here soon.  Come join us and experience the real Patagonia!  


To learn more about our fly fishing packages, please visit the 'Patagonia' tab, on the above header.    



Argentina Fishing Season: November 1st to May 31st.




























Why Visit and Fly Fish Argentina?


Atop Cerro Catedral in Bariloche. Photo by FCFF.

Argentina is the 8th largest country in the world and covers over 1 million square miles. Despite its size, Argentina is only inhabited by 40 million people.  Half of the population lives within ten of the largest metropolitan areas.  The other half of the population is spread throughout rural areas and in some parts of the country, population density is among the lowest in the world.  This affords visitors the opportunity to entertain in modern citys' such as Buenos Aires, yet escape to...


  • Oceans of open land in Patagonia...equivalent to the America West +100 years ago
  • Explore the longest mountain range in the world,  the Andes at 4,400 miles.
  • Visit the highest mountain in the western hemisphere, Aconcagua 22,841ft
  • Stand on wind swept beaches and view Sea Lions, Penguins and Orcas.
  • Drive to the end of the earth and visit the land of fire, Tierra del Fuego.
  • Tour Antarctica, it's only a few hundred miles from Tierra del Fuego.
  • Watch monkeys and other exotic species while fishing in subtropical forest.
  • Feel the power and the spray of the longest waterfall in the word, Iguazu Falls.
  • Witness one of the few advancing glaciers in the world, Peritio Mereno. 
  • Savor Argentinas famous cuisine (beef) and Malbec wines.
  • And of course, wet a line in the immense network of lakes and rivers filled with wild Salmon, Steelhead, Sea Run Brown Trout, Brown-Rainbow-Brook Trout and South America's very own apex predator, the Golden Dorado.


FCFF Home H2O: Northern Patagonia


Bamboo Thickets in Valdivian Rainforest. Photo by FCFF.

Northern Patagonia (Neuquen Province):  In the 1960’s, fly fishing gods such as Joe Brooks and Mel Krieger made the rivers surrounding Junin de los Andes famous. What they discovered back then was a trout fishery unlike any place on Earth. They discovered many of the rivers in the area are attached to large trout producing Andean lakes. As a result, during the spring and fall runs, they targeted monster rainbows and browns moving in and out of the lakes. When the runs slowed down in mid-summer, they discovered an amazing dry-fly fishery second to none. Today, dry fly fishermen have pioneered the use of large attractor dry flies, such as the gypsy king, chernobyl ants, large hopper patterns, and big beetles. Folks, Junin de los Andes is the fly fishing capital of Argentina.  Though vacation towns such as Bariloche and San Martin de los Andes offer more for the average tourist, there is no other place other than Junin that offers more accessible rivers/lakes and modern conveniences for the fly fisherman.  Below is a list of rivers and lakes that we fish in the surrounding Junin de los Andes area. 


Chimehuin River – is a large freestone river (similar to the Madison River) and offers the trophy hunter a chance to wet the fly in the world famous 'Boca.' In addition, it’s the picture perfect fishery for float and sight fishing while prospecting with streamers, nymphs, and large attractor dry flies. The river fishes best from early December to to then end of February. March tends to be a transition month.  In April and May, when the rains and cold weather come, the 'Boca' can produce large migratory brown's.


Collon Cura River – is known as the most prolific trout fishery in all of Patagonia! The trout are wickedly wild and average in the chunky 14” to 20” range and fall browns can come close to 30”. As you float this large river, the willows and high sandstone cliffs will remind you of Wyoming’s Snake River. During low water levels, its mild gradient and broad gravel riffles make for easy wading. Minnows are an important food source in this river, so you’ll find streamers are effective throughout the season (particularly in January, April and May). Like other local rivers, dry fly fishing with large attractors will produce action throughout the day.


Alumine River – is a slower river for the dry fly purest who loves to match hatches for large sipping trout. The river is often compared to Montana’s Missouri River and anglers often take rainbows between 16" and >20". The river fishes best during peak summer months when the caddis and mayfly hatches occur.  During the months of April and May, the brown trout fishing ranks with the Collon Cura and other rivers.

Malleo River – like the Alumine, this river is a spectacular fishery for the dry fly enthusiast. Known for its spectacular caddis and mayfly hatches, anglers will deligh t with wild, hard fighting fish.  This is a wade only fishery and for those who like to walk-wade for trophy wild fish, this is your river.
Caleufu River – Due to the proximity to the Piedra del Aguila reservoir, this river fishes extremely well early and late in the season. In fact, late in the season there is what locals call the minnow hatch.  If the minnow hatch is on, and if you have a small minnow like pattern, fishing for large rainbows and browns can be amazing!  Warning, your minnow fly and presentation must be exact or these fish will not take it. Overall, this river is a medium-size tributary of the Collon Cura and can be floated till the end of January, beginning or February.
Tromen, Huechulafquen, Epulafquen, Verde, and Curruhe Lakes – a trip to Patagonia would not be complete without fishing one of these magnificent trophy trout filled lakes! The combination of crystal clear waters, breath taking views and water filled with rainbows, browns, brookies and land locked salmon makes for an unforgettable day. You’ll be stripping streamers, tossing dries and sight fishing with a chance to land all four species in one day!



Final Word

We hope you enjoyed reading this post.  If you have questions or comments, please feel free to do so.  Many thanks and hope to see you next season in Patagonia.


Gone Fishing,

Mark

PS. Our business is 100% by referrals (word of mouth).  Please feel free to share this amongst friends.  Also, you can follow our blog via email, Facebook or Google Connect.

PS. To read more about Patagonia, simply use the First Cast Search Engine.  For Example: type in Malleo River or scroll archived post.