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Welcome to the North Country Angler, “The Biggest Little Fly Shop in New Hampshire”. We are located in North Conway, New Hampshire, in the shadow of Mount Washington. The Saco and Ellis Rivers, two of the best fly fishing rivers in the East, are a short cast from our door step. The North Country Angler has been in the “Valley” for over forty years. We are a full service fly shop offering quality fly fishing gear and guiding. In addition to being a licensed Orvis dealer we stock a large selection of other quality name brands. We are authorized dealers for Scott, Temple Fork Outfitters and Echo rods. We are proud to sell Ross, Hardy, Waterworks/Lamson and Hatch reels. Our fly lines include: Rio, Air Flow, Scientific Anglers and Wulff. Other well known brands include: Fishpond, Loon, Dr. Slick and Montana Fly. We have a large selection of Simms waders and boots. With over 700 patterns we have one of the largest selections of flies in New Hampshire. Our fly tying selection is the best in the North Country.  HMH, Regal, Peak, Wapsi, Spirit River, Hairline and Whitting to name only a few of the brands we carry. Although we try to post up to date stream reports, in season, on this site please do not hesitate to call us for up to the minute fishing information. All of our staff are licensed New Hampshire fishing guides and stand ready to answer your questions on local conditions as well as any question you may have on equipment. Thank you for visiting our web site and when in the “Valley” please visit us at the shop. 

Bill and Janet Thompson  

A Double on the Saco

Invasive Species can ruin the environment and cost us billions of dollars. It's up to each of us to take action to protect our waters from being invaded. Fortunately, the best thing we can do is very easy - we must make sure that we are as clean as possible when we move between waters. Be A Clean Angler: Inspect - Clean - Dry




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State Fly Anyone?

Valley Angler

Valley Angler
State Fly Anyone?

by Bill Thompson



A few weeks back I was at the New Hampshire Fly Fishing Show.  Casting for Recovery had the booth next to ours and I had the pleasure of meeting two ladies from Vermont that were on the CFR staff. In the course of conversation one of them mentioned that the State of Vermont had just passed a law recognizing the Governor Aiken as the Official State Trout Fly. 

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New Hampshire Rivers Under Attack Part Two

Valley Angler

Valley Angler
New Hampshire Rivers 
Under Attack Part 2
By Bill Thompson




View from the Errol Dam the intake would be on the right 1700 feet down river
View from the Errol Dam the intake would be on the right 1700 feet down river
The Androscoggin River is also under attack. In case you haven’t heard The Balsams Resort in Dixville Notch is planning a major makeover and in the process “quadruple” the size of the ski area. The Balsams is one of New Hampshire’s most beautiful and historic grand hotels. I can remember as a teenager going to bed on election eve listing to the ballot count, The First in the Nation, from Dixville Notch; the voting took place in the hotel. Sadly the Balsams Hotel has been shut down for some time. The two newest owners, Dan Dagasse and Dan Herbert have planned to renovate and add a new addition to the existing hotel. Recently the two partners took on Les Otten as a third partner in the venture. Valley residents will remember Les from the now defunct American Ski Company. If nothing else Les is more; he thinks BIG. The plan to quadruple the ski area seems to have come from Les. As most every skier knows ski areas require water to make snow. The new company has applied for a permit from the state to draw 2.9 million cubic feet of water from the Androscoggin River daily (on an intermittent basis) from November to March 15th for snow making. 

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Assault on Our Rivers

Valley Angler

Valley Angler
Assault on Our Rivers Part One
By Bill Thompson

    Every time I catch a wild Brook Trout I have to stop and marvel at how this miraculous creature, who has been with us since the retreat of the last ice age, has managed to survive. The Brook Trout and the other trout that have been introduced to the waters of New Hampshire, despite a concerted assault by mankind, continue to find enough suitable water to continue their existence. 

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Fly Tying 101 - 3 simple leech flies

Fly Tying 101In this installment we tie 3 Leech Paterns.  The Rag Wool Leech, Rabbit Fur Leach and the Gartside Minnow.
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 This is the Admin(Lee Goldsmith) of this NEW web site for the North Country Angler.  I want to WELCOME all to the new site and give a short presentation of the features of the site for all registered users.  Below I will touch on the features that this site has that will make the site more friendly for all and give some feedback to us about the site.

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