The last two weeks of trout fishing can be temperamental. Some years, we have summer weather with unfavorable temperatures for fish. Some years we have to spend time removing ice from the guides of our rods.
This year it looks like we will have a “normal” drop with daytime temperatures in the 60s and nighttime temperatures in the low 40s. These are the temperatures that create ideal water conditions for the trout fisherman.
As the author of “Fly Fishing New Hampshire’s Secret Waters”, this is the time of year when I pull out my copy of the book and decide which of the remote trout ponds I should revisit. It’s one of the joys of rereading the book, seeing which pond will jump up and say, “Fish me! “
Going to page 57, it was there. Munn Pond. Munn Pond is the dormant pond in the town of Errol. It’s not that far from Highway 16. It’s not too big for a canoe or float tube. It’s not too small that you feel like you’re wasting time. The walk is just long enough that you don’t get exhausted. And the trout are amazing.
Don’t make mistakes. Munn Pond is a large speckled trout pond. It reaches more than 30 meters deep. There are shoals and drop offs. There are bait fish. There are native fish. There are fry stored by helicopter. The wild trout of this pond know how to put the feeding bag. When we catch a brook trout in Munn Pond, we are counting pounds, not inches.
Although I had not fished in this pond in years, the conditions were right for a fishing trip. Loading the float tube and TFO Impact six-weight fly rod with the Fo-Tech Level Sin 9 line into the Silver Ghost, the Silver Ghost headed for Errol.
The road to Munn Pond has always been difficult. Several times in the past it was easier to walk rather than trying to go straight up with four-wheel drive past LO. With the ATV trails now passing close to the pond, the choice is to park near Highway 16 and hike the ATV trail to the pond.
The FishCat float tube also doubles as a backpack. The waders are attached to the float tube. The wading shoes are zipped in the pockets. Fishing vest carries flies, extra fly lines, net, forceps, pliers.
When loaded, the arms slide through the straps of the FishCat backpack. Cane and fins picked up and the less than a mile hike begins.
Arriving on shore, the pair of loons were working an area in the middle of the pond. A good indicator of where trout can be found. Thigh-high boots, boots and fins were put on. A small Bucktail Brook Trout was attached at the end of the line. The FishCat carried me into the pond.
After a few short hits on the Little Brook Trout Bucktail, it was time to change the fly. As I opened the Fall streamer box, the White Humungous caught my eye. I took a size 10 and attached it to the end of the leader. While this fly change was taking place, the wind had blown the FishCat to the west shore. The area where loons worked earlier.
The TFO Impact fired at the Humungous from sixty feet. The line began to sink, nine inches per second. After forty seconds, I began to undress in the line. Pan! A trout broke the fly and took the line on the deck of the float tube. It was a beautiful fish.
After a few minutes, a beautiful male brook trout, in full spawning colors, was put on hand. The trout had the feeding bag and the action continued for the next two hours.
It was money, every time the fly was cast. Certainly, a day that will not be soon forgotten.
Change your fly or lure often when fishing for trout in the fall. Once you find a pattern that the fish takes, you will have a great day on the water.
Steve Angers, originally from the Conway area, is the author of the book “Fly Fishing New Hampshire’s Secret Waters” and operates the North Country Angler.