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State Fly Anyone?

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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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Tying the Maynard's Marvel

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Tying the Maynard's Marvel
by Bill Thompson

  



I never have and I never will consider myself to be a commercial fly tier. I love to tie flies and tie all year, but to set down and tie several dozen of the same fly has never been my thing. My hat is off to those dedicated professional tiers who turn out hundreds of dozens of flies each year. I met a tier in a shop in Canada a few years back who told me she had tied three thousand Bombers the previous year. I can’t begin to imagine the dedication it took to tie those flies; and the Bomber is no easy fly to tie.

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Shows and Casting Clinics

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Valley Angler
Shows and Casting Clinics
By Bill Thompson

    Attending fishing shows may be hazardous to your health. Having spent the last weekend in the company of hundreds of like-minded fly fishermen and given the chance to fondle all kinds of new rods and reels has left me in a deep state of depression. I now have a burning desire to fish and the ponds and rivers are still in deep freeze. Someone needs to have a serious talk with Elsa about the benefits of spring. One of the questions I was asked most at the show was: “When to you think the ice will be out on the Saco. At the moment my best bet is July.

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On the Road

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On the Road This Week
By Bill Thompson

 

    The North Country Angler takes to the road this weekend. Nate Hill and I will be in Pelham, New Hampshire at the 13th Annual Fly Fish New Hampshire Show. This year Nate will be giving a presentation on Fly Fishing in the White Mountains and I will be doing a fly tying demonstration. Needless to say we will have a booth where we will be selling all kinds of fly fishing stuff; including some very attractively priced “show specials”. Janet and Summer will be manning the fort at the shop and for those who attend the “Liars and Tyers” tying sessions, there will be tying. 

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New Hampshire Rivers Under Attack Part Two

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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

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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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Up Coming Events

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Valley Angler
Up Coming Events
By Bill Thompson

   

Last year's booth in Pelham
Last year's booth in Pelham
Hard to believe that spring is anywhere in site, however it is not that far off and the New Hampshire Fly Fishing Show is less than three weeks away. The NHFFS is in Pelham March 7th and 8th. We have been doing this show for 12 years now and it is always a lot of fun. This year Nate Hill, the head guide for the North Country Angler, will be giving a presentation on fly fishing in the White Mountains. There will be a lot of other presentations as well and the nice thing about this show is that it is all New Hampshire.

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Cheap Flies

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Valley Angler
Cheap Flies
By Bill Thompson

 

   

Made in the USA
Made in the USA
January is inventory month at the shop and thankfully we have just finished. Ask any retailer and they will tell you that inventory is without doubt the most odious task they face each year. One of the things we do each year is to match up all the rods with there correct tube and every reel with its box. At the same time we check to see if the price has gone up on the product since last year’s inventory. Sad to say the prices on a great many items do go up. One category that seems to go up every year is the price of flies and this year was no exception.

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In The Shop

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Valley Angler
In the Shop
By Bill Thompson

   

Bill Franke
Bill Franke
Most people know me because I own the North Country Angler; however there are a few who might remember that Janet and I once owned a fly shop in Ossipee. I think we ran that little shop for about five years. After we closed that shop we had an offer to open up again in Meredith, New Hampshire. That shop lasted about two years before we sold it. Shortly after selling the shop Janet was offered a job working for the North Country Angler. Farrow Allen was managing the shop back then and as luck we would have it he needed a part time employee. The job became full time and in the end Janet became the manager during the time when the shop was in Interval.

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Losing Time on the Androscoggin

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Valley Angler
Losing Time On the Androscoggin
by Bill Thompson

 

   


The fishing in our own “Valley” has been pretty good the past few weeks and most anglers would be content to fish right in there own back yard. However, if Big Brother Bob Emery taught us anything the grass is always greener in the other fellows back yard. Disregarding Bob's sage advice I took off my dark glasses and headed north last Sunday to spend the day on the Androscoggin. 

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