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Anglers, by nature, are a secretive lot. Finding a body of water that contains an angler’s favorite fish is held close to the angler’s vest. If an angler shares his fishing spot with you, you are viewed as a trustworthy friend.

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With the opening of designated trout ponds, trout fishing the valley begins in earnest. Flies that were tied over the winter are put in fly boxes and fly tying desks look the cleanest that they will look all year.

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The grill and dishes cleaned and put away, the Old Timer and Troutman headed to the front porch of the cabin to watch the sunset. Tomorrow was opening day for designated trout ponds and the two had plans to be on the water one hour before sunrise.

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What a fantastic spring here in the valley. The sun is warm. The trees are in bud. The birds are singing. It has been quite awhile for us to have enjoyed such marvelous spring weather.

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For the pranksters among us, April 1 is a day we look forward to. April Fools' Day is loaded with pranks, most notably the ones printed in The Conway Daily Sun.

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This week’s weather was amazing. Totally enjoyed the switch from frigid winter to late-spring conditions. Fishing followed suit. Sunday was ice fishing and Wednesday was fly fishing.

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Whether you are a snow lover or a snow hater, this winter has been an easy one. Snow was less than normal. Temperatures stayed above normal longer than is typical. We have had far worse winters.

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If you care about clean water and a clean community, Valley Pride Day Community Litter Clean Up has become the statement event for folks here in the valley and those from away who cherish the valley. It is the one time of the year where all the communities in the Saco Valley watershed, which…

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It appears that spring fishing will get an early start this year. Snowpack is down and spring temperatures are right around the corner. Planning of early spring fishing trips are in full swing. One of those trips is planning to head over to the Magalloway watershed in pursuit of big brook trout.

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There are many public servants who work for the State of New Hampshire. They toil with little recognition. Plowing and salting roads. Chasing criminals. Putting out fires. Rescuing those in trouble. They do it with little fanfare. They are often under stress to perform under duress.

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Having grown up in a family of educators, my life was filled with stories about children. I was taught that the future is the children. My parents, a school administrator and a first-grade teacher, would share stories of triumph and despair with the children in which they interacted. It was …

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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, instant or in person) and share our answers with you. On with the mailbag.

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On Saturday, Feb. 6, the premier ice fishing tournament in the Mount Washington Valley will take place. The fifth annual Freedom Firefighters Association Ice Fishing Derby on Loon Lake has become known as a fun and challenging derby.

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Closing the cabin door behind himself, Troutman held a bundle of firewood to load the woodstove. He and the Old Timer were getting ready to settle in for a night of fly tying. The two took the opportunity each winter to get “upta camp” and break the winter doldrums. A warm glow from the wood…