Fish with confidence
Our Guides - Hill Country Guide Service
Nate Hill - Head Guide
Nate takes pride in his ability to put clients on fish regardless of their ability. He recently wrote a chapter on the Ellis River for the Book 50 Best Places: Fly Fishing the Northeast by Bob Mallard. He will also be featured in the up-coming books 25 Best: Towns To Fly Fish For Trout and 50 Best Places: Fly Fishing For Brook Trout. Nate will also have a chapter dedicated to him in the upcoming photography book Passion America by William Combs.
Tom was born and raised in the Great North Woods. He knows the waters of the Errol area like the back of his hand. Floating or wading these waters with Tom will open your eyes to the variety of water and species of fish that will be caught. Tom will take you to some of the backwoods waters that produce wild trout. If you have ever wanted to chase wild trout, Tom will work long and hard to help you achieve your goal.
Mason has joined the North Country Angler Guide Team. Our newest guide, Mason has spent his entire life fishing the north side of the Mount Washington Valley. A student of the "Dean of the Andro", Mason can take you to places on the river that very few anglers ever see. Mason will go the extra mile to ensure that you have a memorable day on the water.
Summertime and the Fishin' is Easy
by Steve Angers
15 July 2017
We are now in the peak of summer fishing. The river flows are prime and the temperatures are still in the low 60's. Hatches are occurring every night and fish are looking up.
In my 50 years of fishing the Mt. Washington Valley, I have never seen mid summer fishing conditions so good. Every place that I have fished before or after work has produced fish. It is a fishing Valhalla right now.
The wild trout fisheries are producing nicely on Wulff flies and Humpys. Those fish just attack the fly as it floats through the riffle water.
The Saco and the Ellis continue to have solid hatches of Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills, and Quill Gordons. I like to use the Surette Riffle Fly to tempt the rainbows and the browns our of their holding spots.
Ponds are now fishing deeper with sinking lines and Harris Specials or Maynard Marvels. Find a spring hole and catch to your hearts content.
We ask that you play trout quickly and return them to the water. This will allow for the season to last longer for everyone and to protect the survival of the trout.
Conditions will continue to change rapidly as Summer advances. Give us a call at the shop for all the latest on MWV fishing.
Fish the Hatches Now!
by Steve Angers
10 June 2017
One of the real joys of fly fishing is fishing a hatch. The visual stimuli of throwing a Red Quill, getting a drag free float, and watching as a trout sips in your fly has no equal.
Well folks, that time is here! The hatches have been coming off the river for a couple of weeks now but the waters have been too cold for trout activity.
The recent warm up in temperature has led to river temps in the 50's and the trout are now looking up. This is the time for the dry fly fisher.
The picture above is of the side of our new shop. It is covered in Gray Drakes. This is the first of the myriad of hatches that will now be occurring until October. And the Saco River, our keystone stream, has brown trout that exceed 20 inches so the opportunity for a lunker is always there.
Flies to use during the next few weeks will include; Red Quills, Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis, Mirrus, Quill Gordan, Gray Fox Variant, Dun Variant, Saco Spinners.
On our ponds, fish emerger patterns until the rises begin. Switch to dries once the rises get splashy and throw your fly past the rise form, give it a twitch, and fish on!
Hatches are always changing so give the shop a call for up to date information and enjoy the many streams and ponds that MWV has to offer.