Where To Fish While Staying At Lopstick

When you book a stay in one of the comfortable, cozy cabins at Lopstick, you can access more than 21 fishable bodies of water. When you check in we will have a print out at the front desk with directions from Lopstick to many of these places.

Upper Connecticut River

Starting as a trickle near the Canadian border in Pittsburg, NH, the river forms a chain of the deep, cold-water Connecticut Lakes, full of lake trout and Landlocked Salmon, before flowing some 411 miles south to Long Island Sound. The river itself holds Brook Trout, Rainbow trout, and large Brown Trout. Landlocked Salmon make their way into the river during spring to chase smelt and return in the fall to spawn. The river has two fly-fishing only sections equating to approximately 6 miles of river. Two tail-water dams provide cold, clean water for miles downstream making the summer fishing on the Connecticut River some of the best in the state. One of which is the “Trophy Stretch” of the Connecticut River begins a mile south of Lopstick.This is a tail-water release,fly fishing only stretch which is famous to anglers from all over.The river from Lake Francis is also a tail-water release south through town is open to general regulations. This section will maintain cold temp for approximately 30 miles downstream.

Androscoggin River

Our guides also drift on the Androscoggin River, starting near Errol, New Hampshire and running east into Maine. Home to Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown trout and Landlocked Salmon. The Androscoggin is primarily a nymphing and streamer river, but highly sought for its Alder fly hatch, usually during the latter part of June. Float trips are scheduled mid-May through end of June and again in September and October because the months of June and July it is too warm for good fishing

Suggested Flies:

Nymphs and Emergers:
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet fly Emergers
Bead Head Pheasant Tail flashback
Caddis Nymphs
Stonefly Nymphs

Streamer Patterns:
Woolley Buggers
Soft Hackle Streamers
Hornbergs
Sculpin Patterns

Dry Fly Patterns:
Alderflies
Caddis
Stoneflies (Stimulators)
Royal Wulffs
Parachute Adams

Big Brook Bog

The 37-acre Big Brook Bog is a fly fishing only pond not far from Lopstick but fairly remote. Anglers will find Brook Trout here. You may also see moose, bear, deer, woodcock, grouse and Northern loons. It’s a great spot for a picnic, too. Lopstick keeps a rowboat on the pond for anyone to reserve.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolley Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Boundary Pond

This 18-acre deep, cold mountain pond is located near the U.S.-Canadian border, hence its name. Brookies swim in the depths here. There is a Lopstick rowboat kept at the pond for anyone to reserve. You can pack in a kayak or canoe. There is a gate where you park and is accessed by a short walk down to the newly restored dam. It was breeched a few years back and rebuilt it and now fishes fantastic all season.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic wet emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolley Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Clarksville Pond

A good travel town road provides access to this 25-acre pond at the top of the world. Fly-fishing only here, and the colorful Brookies. Action is great when the Green Drake hatch is on! Come at night to see the majesty of the night sky, and listen for the haunting cries of the Northern loon.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic wet emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Coon Brook Bog

Remote and spring-fed, Coon Brook Bog is a six-acre pond teeming with Brookies. Fly fishing only, Lopstick maintains a rowboat here for anyone to reserve. Keep an eye out for wildlife: moose, deer, bear, geese, woodcock, ruffed grouse, blackbirds and more are often spouted around the pond in summer.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic wet emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

East Inlet

Bring your canoe to this pristine watershed to fish for Brookies and to paddle up the feeder brook to Norton Pool. Once owned and now donated to the Nature Conservancy by a local paper company, there’s a well-maintained logging road for access, and one of the few remaining virgin stands of forest in the North Country. Moose sightings are not uncommon and bird life is ubundant. Lopstick maintains a rowboat here for anyone to reserve.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Harris Pond

It takes some effort to get to this three-acre pond, deep in the woods down an old dirt road. But the effort is rewarded with magnificent views, great fishing and peace and quiet. Fly fishing only.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Middle Pond

A good gravel road will bring you to this seven-acre, spring-fed, crystal-clear pond, where you can almost see the brookies swimming around. Moose are not uncommon here, and the early season fishing is always good. This pond is a general regulations fishing area.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Moose Falls Flowage

This smaller impoundment (25-acres) of the Connecticut River is reserved for non-motor boats: rowboats, canoes or kayaks. Early season Brook Trout fishing is usually excellent, and the wildlife in the area seems to enjoy the relative peace and quiet out here in the deep woods.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Moose Pond

This pond is just 10 acres and shallower than most. This pond is fly fishing only. It is a hotspot when the weather is cooler, in the early season and in the fall with healthy numbers of Brook Trout of various sizes.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Wooly buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Round Pond

This good-sized pond (62 acres) is also deep and accessible on a good gravel road. Fishermen can use fly or spin gear and Lopstick maintains a rowboat on the pond for anyone to reserve.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Scott’s Bog

Don’t let the name fool you: this is a nice-sized, 100-acre pond located in the heart of the Conservation Area, and is teeming with wildlife. Fly fishing only, this pond boasts some good-sized Brookies.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Terrill Pond

Formed by the impoundment of the west branch of Indian Stream, close to the Canadian border, this beautiful pond is fly fishing only and easily accessible by cars or SUVs with good ground clearance. Look for beaver dams and the occasional munching moose as you fish for eager Brook Trout.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Indian Stream

This river is a tributary of the Upper Connecticut River that originates near the Canadian border, flows through forest and farmland before rejoining the Connecticut River a bit downstream. It was also the border between the US and the short-lived Republic of Indian Stream, c. late 1700s. Good fishing for Brookies, with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout near the confluence with the Connecticut.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Perry Stream

Another tributary river from the Upper Connecticut near the Canadian border, rejoining in the “Trophy Stretch.” Good fly fishing for Brookies along the way, and Lopstick has four cabins on the stream as it nears the Connecticut River. Perry Stream has open regulations for fishing.

Suggested Nymphs and Emergers:
Bead head Prince
Bead Head Pheasant Tails
Hatching Pupa
Classic Wet Emergers

Suggested Streamer Patterns:
Mickey Finn
Hornberg
Black Nose Dace
Woolly Buggers

Suggested Dry Flies:
Elk Hair Caddis
Parachute Adams
Royal Wulff
Terrestrials

Lake Francis

The Southern most impound lake on the Upper Connecticut River, with its Murphy Dam, built in the 1930s, just north of Pittsburg village the tailwater below the dam keeps the water cold. There are two public boat launches on this lake, which is filled with Brook Trout, Big Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout, as well as Lake Trout and Salmon.

Back Lake

This 359-acres, and a somewhat shallow lake is a great fishing spot all season long, with Brookies, Rainbows,Browns and Smallmouth Bass among the catch. The Hexagenia hatch at the end of June, beginning of July is something to see. It attracts anglers from throughout the region with it’s amazing evening hatches. A public boat launch is available so bring your boats. Lopstick maintains 10 cabins on and around Back Lake. Lopstick also rents motorboats for 1/2 days and full days for anyone who wants to reserve.

Suggested Flies:

Streamers:
Wooly Buggers
Woodduck Heron
88’s
Hornbergs

Dry flies:
Brown Drakes
Hexagenia
White Wulffs
Usual
Hendrickson’s

Bass flies:
Wooly Buggers
Red and White Deceivers
Bass Poppers
Sneeky Pete’s

First Connecticut Lake

The fifth-largest lake in New Hampshire, First Connecticut Lake is some 2,800 acres and 160 feet deep. Lake Trout and Lake Salmon are among the species anglers seek. There are three public boat launches on the lake with picnic tables and built in grills for your next outing. Lopstick has many cabins on and overlooking First Connecticut Lake. Lopstick also rents motorboats on this lake for 1/2 days and full days to anyone who wants to reserve.

Second Connecticut Lake

Five miles North of First Connecticut Lake, this 1,286-acre lake offers Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout, among other species. A public boat launch and picnic area is available for a private family outing.

Third Connecticut Lake

This pristine mountain lake is located a mile South of the US/Canadian border. It is largely undeveloped and wildlife of all kinds can be spotted here. In the summer months this lake remains nice and cold for swimming. Anglers fish for Rainbow Trout, Brook and Lake Trout, as well as Landlocked Salmon. There is a boat launch at Third Lake which is right off of Route 3.

Fourth Connecticut Lake

Not really a “lake,” this small spring-fed bog is the headwater of the Connecticut River. The Nature Conservancy maintains a hiking trail around the pond, and anglers can try their luck from various points on this trail. Remote and beautiful.