The Hippo


May 28, 2020








 Let’s Go Fishing 

New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing Program ( offers free beginner-level fishing classes throughout the state, taught by trained volunteers. Classes include Basic Fishing, Ice Fishing, Fly Fishing and Fly Tying. The Basic Fishing class is open to adults and kids age 8 and up and consists of 4 to 6 hours in the classroom and 2 to 4 hours on the water. The Fly Fishing class is open to adults and teens age 13 and up and consists of 8 to 10 hours in the classroom and 3 to 4 hours on the water. Both classes will cover all of the basics that a new angler needs to know, including rods and reels, safety, knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations and aquatic ecology. The Fly Tying class is open to adults and teens age 13 and up and consists of 12 hours in the classroom. Students will learn about the essential equipment and materials needed to tie flies, common fly patterns and what kinds of bait they imitate, insect anatomy and why a particular fly is used, and how to tie several fly patterns. 
Upcoming classes include Basic Fishing on Friday, June 8, and Saturday, June 9, in Manchester, and Friday, June 29, and Saturday, June 30, in New London; and Fly Fishing on Saturday, June 2, and Sunday, June 3, in Stewartstown. 
More Fishing Classes And Workshops 
• The Amoskeag Fishways Learning & Visitors Center (4 Fletcher St., Manchester, 626-3474, - New class dates are TBD. 
• Cold River Guide Service ( - Private fly fishing instruction and guiding is offered in southwestern New Hampshire.  
• L.L. Bean ( - Various fishing classes are offered in North Conway and West Lebanon. New class dates are TBD. 
• New Hampshire Outdoor Learning Center (673 S. Main St., Wolfeboro, 608-8673, - Next class is Fly Fishing on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10. Tuition is $185.  
• Northeast Fly Fishing School (owned and operated by the NH River Guide Service, - Upcoming two-day beginner fly fishing classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays, June 9 and June 10 and Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 in Hancock; June 30 and July 1 and July 21 and July 22 in Lincoln; and Sept. 29 and Sept. 30 in Hollis. Tuition is $299. 
New Hampshire fishing clubs 
These clubs hold regular fishing meetups, trips and tournaments. 
• Fly Fishers International North Eastern Council (
• New Hampshire B.A.S.S. Nation ( 
• New Hampshire Bass Casters ( 
• New Hampshire Bass Hunters (
• NH Last Cast Club ( 
• Southern New Hampshire Bass Club ( 
• Trout Unlimited Merrimack River Valley Chapter ( 

Spin or fly
Two styles of warm-weather fishing


By Angie Sykeny
During the warmer months, two styles of fishing are most prominent: conventional fishing, also known as spin fishing, and fly fishing. They share a common objective — catching fish — but beyond that they couldn’t be more different. 
“It’s like comparing skiing and snowboarding,” said Kyle Glencross, coordinator for New Hampshire Fish and Game’s Let’s Go Fishing Program, which offers free beginner-level fishing classes throughout the state. “They’re two totally different techniques and approaches to fishing, and which one you do just comes down to personal preference.” 
The biggest difference between spin fishing and fly fishing is the bait or lure. In spin fishing, you can use nearly any kind of live, natural or artificial bait. Fly fishing, however, is done exclusively with flies, light artificial lures crafted from furs, feathers and threads to imitate various kinds of fish prey. 
Many fly fishers tie the fly materials together to create their own custom flies. 
“Some are magnificent in terms of colors and very pretty. It can be a real art form in some cases,” said Burr Tupper, who serves as president of the Fly Fishers International North Eastern Council and periodically teaches fishing classes at Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester. “It’s a neat thing to do, especially in the wintertime when you can’t fish; you tie flies in the winter to prepare for [fly fishing season].” 
Different kinds of flies can be used depending on the kind of fish you’re trying to catch, Tupper said. A dry fly sits on top of the water and is typically meant to imitate an insect. Other floating flies may imitate larger surface-dwelling prey like a frog. Then there are flies that are partially submerged or sink down to the bottom of a water body, intended to look like nymphs, minnows, leeches and other aquatic organisms. 
Since flies are much lighter than spin fishing bait, fly fishing requires a line, rod and reel that are specifically designed for casting flies, and a technique that is entirely different from that of spin fishing. 
“Casting for spin fishing is much easier to accomplish because the weight of the lure pulls the line off of the reel, whereas with fly fishing … the rod itself is what shoots the line out,” Tupper said. “The arm movement involved [with fly fishing] is totally different. It requires a lot more finesse.” 
Because flies tend to be less destructive to the fish than spin fishing bait, Glencross said, the majority of fly fishers practice catch-and-release.
“When you use an artificial fly made of fur and feathers, the fish usually just gets hooked in the corner of the mouth,” he said. “With worms or other kinds of bait, a fish swallows [the hook] and takes it in deep, so there’s more bleeding and a higher mortality rate.” 
While many people find fly fishing to be more challenging than spin fishing, Tupper said, it’s often the challenge that attracts people to it, himself included.  
“You have to figure out what kind of fly the fish will be interested in, where to cast to the fish, how to present the fly to them in a way that imitates [their prey] and looks like something they’d be interested in eating. There’s just a lot of things that go into [fly fishing],” he said. “It’s almost like a puzzle, and I like that part of the experience.”  


®2020 Hippo Press. site by wedu