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If you want to enjoy the charm of a New England town, Concord in Massachusetts is well worth a visit. Located around 20 miles northwest of Boston, its scenic landscapes and classic architecture are a dream destination to settle down in for those who love the quiet countryside. This peaceful setting is the birthplace of freedom in America, where the “shot heard ‘round the world” occurred. It’s also the hometown of where many great names in literature such as Henry David Thoreau lived and worked on their masterpieces. Whether it’s birdwatching in a nature reserve, kayaking along the waters of its rivers, hiking along nature trails, or going fishing in Walden Pond, this idyllic town draws in thousands of visitors each year. If you’re a history buff and a lover of literature, you’ll definitely want to come through to Concord.   

Concord: Fly-Fishing Paradise

With three rivers and multiple ponds that are restocked annually, you’ll be casting flies and reeling in trophy fish in Concord until your arms start to hurt. There’s a variety of target species to go after here, and you’ll fill up your net faster than you can blink. 

Concord’s waters hold plenty of game fish such as:

  • Largemouth bass - you can catch them literally in almost any body of water in Concord
  • Smallmouth bass - they’re skittish but just as plentiful as its larger cousin
  • Brown trout - another Concord fave you can find just about anywhere
  • Northern pike - gives good sport and can be found in the rivers
Fish species
Northern Pike
Northern Pike fish

Habitat: Onshore

Weight: 2 - 34 Pounds

Length: 16" - 29"

Smallmouth Bass 
Smallmouth Bass  fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 1 - 4 Pounds

Length: 12" - 27"

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth Bass fish

Habitat: Lake, Pond, Rivers

Weight: 2 - 22 Pounds

Length: 15" - 32"

Brown Trout
Brown Trout fish

Habitat: Lake, River

Weight: 2 - 40 Pounds

Length: 13" - 39"

Concord: History, Literature, and Nature


1.Take a Trip Back in Time

You can’t leave Concord without learning a little history, because this town lives and breathes it. You’ll want to start by visiting the Minuteman National Historical Park where several historical sites are located. You can take a walk along the Battle Road Trail and head on over to the Old North Bridge where the first shots were fired. 

2. Keep it Lit

Concord was home to many great literary masters, and is one of the reasons why this town is famous! Start by going to Walden Pond to visit Thoreau’s cabin and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Then head on over to bask in the New England charm of Old Manse House, Emerson House, and Orchard House.

3. Nature Trip

Your trip to Concord wouldn’t be complete without the ultimate nature experience. Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a huge sanctuary that’s every nature lover’s dream come true. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars and hiking boots because this area is famous for its birdwatching and hiking trails.

Fishing Techniques
Ice Fishing
Ice Fishing
Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing