Fly Fish

New England



Resources: Research & plan your next trip

Stream Flow Information

Before selecting a river or stream to fish, it is helpful to know information, such as how much water is flowing. Select a river gauge from a USGS stream flow page so you can tell how much water is flowing; whether the flow is rising or falling; and how the current flow compares to the long-term average for this date. Or dial the flow-phone for certain dam-controlled rivers in Massachusetts. In general, it is good to fish a falling flow, especially in the spring. In the late summer and early fall, a rising flow can bring big fish into rivers from the lakes for the fall spawning run.




Flow phone for selected dam-controlled rivers 1-800-452-1742

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New Hampshire USGS

New Hampshire Watersheds NHDES

NH Safe Wading Flow Levels

Click on the Station Number to get a graph for the selected river for the last eight days. This can be used to see the river flow trend. By changing the number of days, longer time intervals can be reviewed. This can be used to determine how rain affects flows; how fast the river rises and how long it takes to return to normal.
The "High" number is when wading is extremely difficult with few if any places to wade safely. The "Low" number is a safe wading flow.
Flows can change rapidly on any river from dam releases or rain.
New Hampshire rivers are difficult to wade. We never wade without a wading stick. These numbers are based on what we feel comfortable with and can vary depending on the experience level and physical ability of an angler. We are on the water almost daily during the season and know the river structure and obstacles and where to wade safely.

Andoscoggin: Errol and Shelburne High 2000 Good under 1400
CT River :

below Indian Stream High 600 good under 300
North Stratford High 2000 good 1000

Pemigewasset River

North Woodstock High 800 good 400
Plymouth High 1800 Good under 1000
Franklin 1800 good under 1000

Saco River North Conway High 1000 good under 600
Contoocook River West Henniker H 800 Good under 500
Sugar River Newport High 600 Good under 300
Piscataquog River New Boston High 350 good 200

Rhode Island


Fishing Reports



New Hampshire


Fishing Ponds and Lakes

A great resource for finding ponds and lakes to fish is the Freshwater Guides of New England. These are a series of books that are a wealth of information about ponds and lakes. I wrote an article that appears on their website and in the nine New Hampshire regional guides.


North Conway Area Guide