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NH Fishing Report - July 1, 2020


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Report by Mark Beauchesne

Seacoast LT reports that there are plenty of schoolie striper around.  The schoolie fest can be taken advantage of from shore, kayak, or a boat. Medium-heavy bass tackle is the basic set up: 20-pound braid and 20 inches of flouro carbon leader. Top water baits bring the fun.
If you can endure the swarms of deer flies, you should be out hitting the streams for brook trout. These little gems are a valuable resource. Take extra care while handling them for your photo opportunity.


Equipment needed: old sneakers, hat, t-shirt, shorts. UL spinning rod or a 3 WT fly rod. Exploring these small streams in pursuit of nature's gems is a summertime staple.


Bass fishing continues to be fabulous. A.M. top water bite with the Chug Bug popper. P.M. bite on the Whopper Plopper. Silly names for things that bring so much joy.


Seasonal Highlight Happening Now in Just About Every Pond and Slow-Moving River


We launched the boat at 6:25 p.m. and Kyle Glencross and I were ready to have a night of insect mania. While we waited for the magic hour to begin, we both casted top-water lures in water from 8 to 15 feet deep. We both managed to get three fish apiece before 8:00 p.m. With the sun setting, we enjoyed some lake side dining.


Rig up the fly rods, watch and wait. Sqaum Lake has a hexagenia (hex) mayfly hatch. This aquatic insect hatches into a winged adult. The newly hatched winged adults are a prime meal for anything that swims or flies. To ensure their survival, these insects hatch during the last hour of daylight well into the night.


Hex flies are quite large, from 1.5 to 2 inches in length. That's a meal for any fish! Well, the magic hour came around 8:45 p.m. Fish started to rise and eat on the surface–but still no hexes. We waited for another half hour–still no hexes. We cast our hex fly imitation to the rises and manage to catch a couple of fish each.


Now it's 9:30 p.m. and dark. Still no hexes. We hang in for another half hour. We see one hex. Not enough to keep us there any longer. With the boat on the trailer we find just two more hexes.


We either left too soon or we were at the very beginning of the hatch. The hex hatch will be strong for two weeks and then sporadic for another week.


Zack Curran reported from Sqaum the next morning that there were many hexagenia shuck on the water. The shucks are the exoskeleton of the nymph stage of this insect. We left too soon.




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