Saco River Fly Fishing

The 2nd most popular fly fishing river in New Hampshire.

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North of Conway in the scenic Mt Washington valley, the Saco River is lesser well-known but has good fly fishing opportunities. The Saco River starts at Saco Lake in Crawford Notch and runs all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. It is well-stocked, and known for brook trout and rainbow trout. The main fishing section is from Lucy Brook confluence heading downstream to the Artist Falls Brook confluence and has big browns and rainbow trout in deep pools. Note: there is a daily limit of two brook trout. The best fishing is either early or late season since the river heats up.

There is no fishing permitted in the section from Crawford Notch State Park dam to upstream to where the river enters Willey Pond.

This river is managed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department for trout fishing.

Overall, Saco River is the 2nd most popular fly fishing river of all 19 fly fishing spots in New Hampshire.


Local Contact(s):  NH Fish And Game (603) 271-3421; NH Tourism (800 258-3608; New Hampshire River Guide Service (603) 889-5611 or (978) 884-7545; Great Northwoods Guides (603) 717-5006; North Country Angler (603) 356-6000.

Recommended Book:  "Flyfishing Northern New England" from Lou Zambello

Luxury Loding:  Cranmore Inn, North Conway

Breakfast Restaurant:  Metropolitan Coffeehouse, North Conway

Article Source:   Best Saco River Fly Fishing Review

GPS:  44.082406, -71.162267

Date Published:  12/29/2015

Date Updated:  6/25/2016

ID:  19916

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