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Epic End to the Season

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Epic Ending to Last Day of Trout Season
By Bill Thompson

 

    For some time now Janet and I have been closing the shop and taking every Wednesday off. In a rare twist of fate our day off happened to coincide with the closing of the trout season. The planets must have been aligned because the weather cooperated as well and it was a lovely fall day; not to cold and partly sunny. 

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An Updated Tying Flies at the Fair

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Valley Angler
The Sequel to Last Week’s Column
By Bill Thompson

     When I wrote last weeks column I was in a definite dark state of mind and had pretty much given up on my pond. In a complete turnaround, on a whim, I decided to give it one more try before the season end. I knew that it was going to be a good evening when I pulled into the parking lot. One of my old friends was walking up to greet me. We chatted while I got into my waders and rigged up my fly rod. He said that he come early in the afternoon in hopes of some dry fly activity. The surface action was not to be, but he had caught some trout on wet flies. I waded in and started to cast when another old friend walked up from fishing the far end of the pond. When I inquired as to his luck, he replied with enthusiasm that he had done rather well. Another good sign I thought and began to cast again. To the left of me another friend suddenly hooked up and just as suddenly lost the fish. Another good sign, at least there were fish in the area. I continued to cast away with no results. And then the fellow who I had met on the way in hooked up and promptly landed a very nice Brook trout. He held him up and we all admired him with twinges of jealousy in our hearts.

 

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Tying Flies at the Fair

Valley Angler

Valley Angler
Tying Flies at the Fair
By Bill Thompson

    I must admit I have not been out on the water as much lately. Lots of other things seemed to have gotten in the way. This time of year you just about always can find me fishing one of the local trout ponds almost every evening. This year the pond just doesn’t have the same allure that it has always had in the past. There are several reasons that have led to this. Perhaps the foremost reason is that several years ago small mouth bass were illegally introduced into the pond and the trout fishing has been declining ever since. The introduction of bass into the northern reaches of New Hampshire and Maine has been a detriment to trout fishing for several decades now and it keeps getting worse.

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Cool Fishing Hot Books

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Valley Angler
Cool Fishing and Hot New Books
By Bill Thompson

    After a summer of excellent water levels on the Saco the river has finally dropped to a more seasonable level. The month of September has been exceptionally dry. One fellow in the shop the other day said that the river was so slow that even the leaves were not moving. The Ellis has fared no better and to make things even worse Timmy’s Pool, behind the dam, has been drained at least three times.  Needless to say this has put a damper on the fishing. However, there is still some good fishing to be had.

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Early Fall

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Valley Angler
Early Fall
By Bill Thompson

 

    


I am not sure how it got here so fast, but fall is here. It seems like only yesterday that we were getting up at dawn to go fish the pond on opening day. The swap maples were the first indication; they were turning red back in August. Back in June you could fish well past 10:00PM before it was dark, you’re done by 7:30 now. For the trout fisherman this is a positive thing even though it foretells the end.

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Pumkinseed & Pickerel

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Pumkinseed and Pickerel
By Bill Thompson

   


We are most fortunate to live in an area where there is always quality fishing to be found. It matters little what type of fishing you are looking for, warm water or cold water, you need not travel far. Janet and I have been concentrating on the warm water species for the last few weeks. This past week we explored Purity Lake in Madison.

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The Ossipee River

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Valley Angler
Fishing the Ossipee
By Bill Thompson

   


Summer is winding down and there are a lot of signs that fall is just around the corner. The swamp maples already have a rosy glow to them and it gets dark now a lot earlier. There is still a lot of trout fishing left, but recently I have been fishing a lot more in anticipation of the coming winter. Janet and I have been fishing close to home as of late. As a result we have been taking a break from trout fishing and concentrating on warm water fish. Not long ago we revisited an old friend, the Ossipee River, in a quest for bass.

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Finding the Rapid Part II

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The Quest to Find the Rapid
Part Two
By Bill Thompson

  


  Nobody likes to get beat and for weeks after Rick Davidson and I had failed to find our way into the Rapid River the agony of defeat gnawed away at us. I purchased a new Maine DeLorme Gazetter and threw out the old one. I brought new batteries for my GPS. Both of us spent time searching Google Earth and other online map sites. And finally Rick called and a date was set to return to Maine and this time we would find and fish the Rapid.

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The Common Man's Fly Reel

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Valley Angler
The Common Man’s Fly Reel

By Bill Thompson

 

    It is safe to say that I am a collector of things. I have been doing it since my earliest years and have never stopped and probably never will. Not long after I began to fly fish I discovered the wealth of angling literature and soon was collecting fly fishing books. I still dabble with this obsession, but my enthusiasm has slowed down in the last few years. I am guessing, but I probably have well over two hundred books on the subject. I love them and continue to refer to them all the time.

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Finding Solitude

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Valley Angler
Finding Solitude
By Bill Thompson

  


  This time of year I spend a lot of my fishing time on the smaller streams. As much as I love the Saco it is not easy finding any peace and quiet on the river in August. We are fortunate to have several smaller streams in the Valley, where it is possible to take refuge from the madding crowd. Fortunately these places are largely over looked by those looking to party in the outdoors rather than to enjoy them for their natural beauty. These places are too small to launch kayaks or plastic tubes and in some cases require one to walk a few hundred yards. I must admit, I cringe when I see a car parked anywhere near one of my favorite places.

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