NH Fishing Log: Mascoma River, Lebanon NH

10/2/13: Mascoma River, Lebanon
Conditions: sun and clouds, light breeze, 70
Equipment: flyrod
Baits: wet flies – stonefly pattern

Zen-like beauty: The fly-fishing stretch of the Mascoma River, draped in fall color.

Zen-like beauty: The fly-fishing stretch of the Mascoma River, draped in fall color.

The flyfishing only stretch of the Mascoma River in Lebanon, towards Enfield, is one magical place, running just below the dam from the Route 4 bridge to the Packard Hill Covered Bridge. This is a fantastically handsome spot to fish in the fall: river tucked into canyon-like slopes, trees luxuriously overhanging the river which murmurs as it washes lichen-covered stones. Come here to get your Zen fix and be prepared to wade upstream – it’ll be the only way you can cast without getting hung up. Access is a little tricky: hook onto the gravelly Mill Road adjacent to the Rte 4 bridge. You’ll be able to drive only a short way down, beyond that it’s a bike trail. With extremely steep banks be careful descending to the river; it can be a bit tricky.

Further down, the land starts to flatten into short fields bordering the stony river bottom – this is where you’ll get a little more space for casting and some classic New England views by the Packard Hill Bridge. Grab Riverside Road, off of Rte 4 and drive down over the bridge. There’s a nice place to park just to the right with good access to the river there.

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Twlight, in the shadow of the Packard Hill bridge on the Mascoma

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