A Guide to “Fly Fishing Only” Ponds

Here in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire, we’re able to maintain the region as one of the East Coast’s premier fly fishing destinations thanks to some rules that are meant to preserve both the fishery and the experience of fly fishing.

As part of those rules, many of the region’s ponds are designated as “fly fishing only.” Below are several of the area’s best fly fishing only ponds. Some are remote and off the beaten path. But, if you’re staying at Lopstick, check in at the front desk for a print out with directions to many of these ponds.

Big Brook Bog – Considered somewhat remote, but located not far from Lopstick, anglers love this 37-acre pond for its brook trout. It’s also a great place for a picnic and wildlife viewing, with moose, bear, deer and Northern loons frequenting the area. Lopstick has a rowboat on the pond that anyone can reserve.

Clarksville Pond – This 25-acre pond is home to plenty of colorful brookies. The action is amazing when the Green Drake hatch is on. It’s also a great place to visit in the evening, with breathtaking views of the night sky and the cries of Northern loons.

Coon Brook Bog – This remote, spring-fed six-acre pond is not only popular among anglers looking for brookies, it is also a great place to see wildlife in the summer. Lopstick also keeps a rowboat here for people to reserve.

Harris Pond – This remote, three-acre pond is located deep in the woods down an old dirt road. But the effort to reach it is well worth it, thanks to great fishing, beautiful views and an atmosphere of peaceful solitude.

Moose Pond – One of the region’s shallower ponds, 10-acre Moose Pond is a fly fishing hotspot when the temperatures are cool early in the season and again in the fall.

Scott’s Bog – A 100-acre pond in the middle of a conservation area, Scott’s Bog is popular for its bountiful wildlife, and it can be a productive early season fishery.

Terrill Pond – This gorgeous pond near the Canadian border is easily accessible. While fishing for brook trout, look for beaver dams and the occasional moose along the shore.

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  1. QUESTION: Over 5 years ago I fished at Lopstick for a few days in September. Fishing was terrible due to extremely high water releases on the Connecticut, and bad weather. I’d like to give it another try. I’m interested in big fish: sizeable trout and landlocked salmon, especially the latter because I have not caught a landlocked salmon in sixty years — I am 87 but in excellent condition, I still wade easy stretches, cast well, and have endurance. I would need a guide most of the time. I would like to know: When is the best time of year for me to return to you, and which waters would you have me fishing on? And can one float the lower Connecticut near Colebrook, something I’ve always wanted to do?