As a fly fishing guide I have to do my due diligence and get out on the rivers in all seasons, under all conditions, and on every stretch. I have worked the Cold River hard over the years, which I admit is not a bad way to spend a day. A few days ago I surprised myself, finding a stretch I have never fished. It is .3 miles with continuous riffle, run and pool. With at least two pools having depths of 5-7 feet, which is extraordinary for July. Yellow stimulator dry flies, muddlers and wooly buggers worked well in bringing 11 fish (rainbows and browns) to hand. Others were lost and still others were seen flashing or rising to flies. Of course overcast skies after several days of sunny weather aided in success that day. Not a bad way to spend a July evening.
Mitch Harrison's parents gave him his first fly rod at age 12 and almost 40 years later he is still casting, teaching and learning. Another passion of Mitch's is bird watching. Mitch is a licensed NH guide and a science educator in Alstead, NH.