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