Monday, May 22, 2017
First Souhegan Trip of the Year
I continued fishing this spot for about an hour or so, working downstream to some nice holding water but I couldn't stir anything else so I decided to head to the lower DHZ before heading home. I started off fishing pocket water downstream of the Route 31 bridge with the same results and headed up to the large run below the bridge with the same results. I worked my way upstream to an area where I had luck last year. I found a likely looking pocket and spent some time working it. When I hit the perfect seam, I had a bow come up and hit my indicator. Frustrating, but definitely a change from getting nothing. I worked the seam hard, added weight, and switched my dropper for a large soft hackle and finally, I broke the silence with another brown! I think with the high water, these fish are actively keyed in to large flies or anything flashy to get their attention.
I worked that seam even harder to try and tempt another fish but no takers. I worked upstream to some more nice pocket water but turned around after I took a dip trying to cross the stream. It wasn't the greatest day I've had but it wasn't terrible considering the fantastic views punctuated by the occasional fish.