06/11/12 Tower Hill Pond, Auburn
Conditions: cloudy, lt breeze, 70s
Equipment: fly rod w sinking line and long leader for trolling, Ultralight rod
Baits: spinners, streamers
Some days, you hit it just right. For anglers, it’s what keeps us coming back… the pursuit of the day where everything you throw at the fish, works. I had this kind of “magic” day on this pond that is part of Manchester’s water supply; a drainage system that eventually runs into Lake Massabesic. After seeing a post on NH Fish & Game’s Facebook page about kayaking, I tried adapting an old two-wheel golf bag caddy as a kayak carrier. It worked like a charm. Packing the kayak with gear, I hiked into Tower Hill Pond. Out on the water, herons and loons were my only company. Without any development on its shoreline, I found this large pond very quiet – even though its only 10 minutes out of Manchester!
On the day I visited the bite was on! My Mepps spinner attracted two rainbow and one brown trout. I tied on a weighted fly, a green egg sucking leech, tied by Alan Nute of AJ’s Bait and Tackle in Meredith that’s used for brook trout and rainbow waters like Lake Winona and Waukewan. That made for a lot more action on the flyrod and I was entertained by cartwheeling rainbows nearly everywhere I went. Most of the strikes were off shore a ways where fish were suspended in 10’-30’ of water.