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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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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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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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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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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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Winter Blahas

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The Winter Blahs
By Bill Thompson

    A lot of people have asked me if I made my annual New Year’s Day fishing excursion. The answer is no. Well, we did make a halfhearted attempt, but in the end we chickened out. The reason should be obvious, it was just too darned cold. A few years ago the cold might not have been much of an issue, however I have to admit we are getting older and maybe a litter wiser. What we did do is drive into the parking area where we usually fish and sat in the truck for moments staring at the river. This gave us the needed time to come up with the needed excuses: to cold, too much ice in the river and the river is running too fast. Once we had established a suitable story we drove home; truth is we didn’t even have any tackle in the truck.

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New Year's Resolutions

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An Anglers New Year’s Resolutions
By Bill Thompson

    It’s that time of year again when we make New Year’s resolutions. Personally I try to ignore the run of the mill resolutions, like work out more or lose weight and concentrate on those that involve more fishing. This year, once again, I have vowed to spend more time on the water.

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Some Thoughts on the Gray Ghost

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Some Thoughts on the Gray Ghost
By Bill Thompson

   


Perhaps the most iconic fly of all time is the Gray Ghost. It has everything required to hold the honor: a great story, an element of mystery, it is a beautiful fly, it has a great name and it catches fish.  Recently an old friend, who has given up tying flies, gave me several boxes of tying material. In the boxes were all the ingredients to tie the Ghost. The thing that caught my eye was a package of gray saddle hackle with an olive tint; the perfect color for the wing of the Gray Ghost. Also included in the box was a lovely Silver Pheasant skin, a Jungle cock cape and a couple of spools of golden yellow Pearsall’s silk floss. After examining my new acquisitions I was inspired to set down and tie up a few Ghosts.

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Winter Fishing

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The Joys of Winter Fishing
By Bill Thompson

 

    Invariably someone “from away” will ask me, “what do you do up here in the winter”? I even had a lady ask me once if the town of North Conway closed down in the winter.  Apparently she had never heard of skiing.  I always answer with, “We go fishing of course”, and they usually say, “Oh, of course you go ice fishing”. Then I have to explain that real hard core anglers go fly fishing. 

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