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Hardwater anglers throughout the Mount Washington Valley breathed a sigh of relief this week. Mother Nature and Old Man Winter came in with some frigid weather and provided enough safe ice that the ice-fishing season could begin in earnest.

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Wow! Where did 2021 go? Seems like yesterday that I was writing about the year 2020 and here I am trying to recap 2021. Pour yourself a cup of coffee and let’s share highlights from 2021 and make a to-do list for 2022.

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New Hampshire has a long history of fly tyers who were innovative and added to the long list of hallowed fly tyers. New Hampshire could give Maine a run for its money when it comes to fly tyers who made their mark on fly fishing.

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Anglers, specifically ice anglers, rejoiced this week. Temperatures dropped to seasonal lows and ice began to form along the edges of our ponds and lakes. Some of our lakes and ponds.

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When Fish and Game’s executive director and chief law enforcement officer were in North Country Angler, a discussion broke out about the warden’s Worry and the Supervisor flies. To be honest, it had been quite sometime since I had even thought about those two highly effective patterns for tr…

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Foot traffic at the shop is slow this time of year. Fishing focuses on bass and pickerel. Trout anglers have cleaned their equipment and stored it in a cool, dry place for the winter. Days at the shop are spent counting inventory and placing orders for inventory to stock the shop for the 202…

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For 20 years, the North Country Angler has been home to a fly-tying institution. Lyars & Tyers is a group of valley anglers who meet at the shop on Saturday mornings from the middle of November until designated Trout Ponds open at the end of April.

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Writing this weekly column and operating the North Country Angler, we get asked quite a few questions. From time to time we will empty our mailbag (email, text, social media or in person) and share our answers with you. On with another edition of the mailbag.

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With six days left, in the New Hampshire trout season, its time to make a list of places to fish before the rods are packed up and put away until next spring. (Unless of course you are a die-hard trout angler. More on that in future columns.)

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The final two weeks of trout fishing can be fickle. Some years, we have summer-like weather with temperatures that are unfriendly to the fish. Some years, we must spend time removing ice from the guides of our rods.