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The last major consideration during the ice fishing pre-season is shelter. The weather here in the Valley and all major ice fishing destinations, can get extremely cold. Since there are only 12 to 16 weekends to ice fish, each weekend is like a little nugget of gold. Ice anglers do everythin…

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Winter took its first swipe at the Mount Washington Valley this week. Some of us are hunkering down and preparing for the long winter. Some of us are getting out our winter trekking gear and getting ready to hit the woods and the slopes.

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In 1994, the brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, was designated as New Hampshire’s state fish. This was not surprising. The brook trout has stood for the clear, clean, cold waters that are as vital to our state as the mountains from which these waters flow.

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With the closure of Designated Trout Ponds and the majority of streams to trout fishing, what is an angler to do? Fortunately for those of us here in the Mount Washington Valley, we have many options to cure that fishing jones rather than trying to quit cold turkey and wait for the ice to form.

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Trout season is coming to a close in a very short time. As the season winds to an end, I try and savor as much of it as I possibly can. To that end, you will find me just about every afternoon knee-deep in my favorite trout pond. As the seasonal temperatures begin to drop in the ponds, the t…

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Early on in the educational process of a young fly angler, the East Branch of the Saco River was on the “to do” list. The East Branch was known for its wild brook trout and its bounty of hatches.

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There is a sense of urgency now to get it all in before it is too late. I guess to some that would mean finish up stacking the fire wood or raking leaves, but to me it means getting in those last few fishing trips before the season ends. To that end, I have been working overtime in the last …

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One of the great things about angling are the memories created while planning for and going on a fishing expedition. While being out on the stream or pond is the ultimate goal for the angler, there is much planning that is involved. Part of that planning is visiting a favorite fly shop (such…