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Campfires

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Campfires
by Bill Thompson
 
 

 

 One of the great joys in life is setting around a campfire. Staring into the flames of a campfire takes us back to our primeval roots.  One can only imagine the wonder the first time one of our earliest ancestors discovered fire and more importantly how to control it. The camp fire is an essential part of the human essence.

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Inventory Time

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Valley Angler
Inventory Time
by Bill Thompson
  

 Today has been a cause for celebration at the shop; we have just completed our yearend inventory. Inventory is a retailer’s nightmare that comes around once a year whether we like it or not. For those who don’t know what an inventory entails imagine counting every last article in your home. There is a great deal of pressure on retailers to get it right because your bottom line can be greatly affected by the outcome. If you come up short it results in a loss which retailers refer to as shrinkage. Google “shrinkage” and you will get a couple of different definitions. Most would probably agree that The Seinfeld Comedy show gave new meaning to the term.

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Up Coming Events

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Valley Angler

Upcomeing Fishing Events
by Bill Thompson  
 

 

 The winter doldrums have begun to set in. Last night I dreamed I was on the Saco experiencing a spinner fall of Gray Drakes. This morning I awoke to the reality of 20 degree temperatures and a threat of six inches of snow from the Channel 9 weather man. The big problem with this is that it isn’t even February yet. From the perspective of a non-skier we have had a pretty good winter so far and there have been a few days when it would not have been out of the question to go fishing. However, the fact remains that it is winter and the rods are packed away until spring.

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Somewhere Warm

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Valley Angler
Somewhere Warm
by Bill Thompson

  


 A friend and customer of ours was in the shop the other day picking up a new 9 weight fly rod for an upcoming trip to Quintana Roo. He was going to do some Bonefish and Permit fishing and although he already had a 7 weight and a 10 weight he thought the 9 might be better suited. Naturally I agreed with him even though I have little experience fishing for Permit. If there was ever a guy that knows a thing or two about flats fishing it would be this guy. He has fished all over the world and is probably more of an expert on salt water fishing than a lot of the guys that do write the books. 

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The Year in Review

Valley Angler

Valley Angler
The Year In Review
by Bill Thompson

  

   
As the new fishing season begins it is a good time to look back and reflect on the past year. All and all last year was a pretty darned good one, however it is hard to think of any year when we have had a bad fishing season. 

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Home Made is Better

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Valley Angler
Home Made is Better
by Bill Thompson

 


  I have been spending a lot of time in the workshop lately. It is that time of year when we look for that perfect gift for the special people in your life. It has been a long standing tradition in our family that the best gifts are homemade. My grandfather made gifts for my father and he in turn made gifts for me and everyone else in the family. I am in no way the master wood worker that my Dad was, but for the last couple of years I have tried to follow the tradition and make a few things for my Grandson.

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Gifts for Anglers

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Valley Angler
Holidayday Gifts for Anglers
by Bill Thompson
  

 If you have a fisherman or woman in your life you know how hard it is to find the right Christmas gift for them. Let’s face it most folks that don’t fish think that the passionate fishermen is a little weird. Truth be known they may have a valid point. I guess we are no different from those who get involved in other sports; think those crazy guys who dress up in costume to attend football games. I have never worn a cheese hat while fishing, but as I have said before men in rubber pants do look odd. In order to help those who are seeking the right gift for their angler friends I have compiled a short list of items that might warm the hearts of your fishing friends.

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Too Much Information

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Valley Angler
Too Much Information and the Little Brook Trout
by Bill Thompson   

 


 Last Saturday the “Liars and Tyers” were in session at the North Country Angler. The fly of the week was the Little Brook Trout. One of the members, Bob Tilney, had suggested the fly after having good luck with it last summer on the Saco. With the rise in popularity of large articulated streamers the old style bucktail has fallen out of favor. Anglers tend to forget how effective these flies have been over the years. At one time two of the most popular flies, in our shop, were the Mickey Finn and the Red & White Bucktail. Today we no longer stock the Red & White and the Mickey Finn is a very slow seller.

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North Conway One of 25 Best Fly fishing Towns in America

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Valley Angler
North Conway One of the Top 25 Best Fly Fishing Towns in America
by Bill Thompson 
 

 

 


 In a newly released book “25 Best Towns Fly Fishing for Trout”, from Stonefly Press, North Conway was selected as one of the 25 best fly fishing towns in the United States. Not too shabby when you consider the competition. A little over a year ago Stonefly Press released “50 Best Places Fly Fishing the Northeast” in which two of the area’s best rivers, the Saco and the Ellis, were featured. It should not come as a surprise that the author of both books is Bob Mallard; it is obvious that Bob has a soft spot for the Valley. 

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Angling History in the Valley

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History of Angling in the Valley
by Bill Thompson

 

 


 This is, of course, the 250th anniversary of the founding of Conway. The Conway Daily Sun’s writers, especially Tom Eastman, have been doing a great job presenting the town’s history to its readers. Unfortunately the fishing writer has not been keeping up. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that it even dawned on me that there might be a story. Although I have owned the North Country Angler for over 13 years and have fished the Valley for well over 30 years I must admit I don’t know a lot about the fishing history. 

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   The Fly Fishing Film Tour coming once again to the Valley in February. Mark your calendar now for February 13th. The F3T will be returning to the Leura Hill Eastman P. A. Center at Fryeburg Academy. The doors will open at 6:00 P.M. with the film to start at 7:00. Tickets are available now at the North Country Angler or online at F3T. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 603-941-0132.

 

 

 

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