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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…

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Unlike a lot of my trips, this one was planned. What I had not considered was that the day I had picked was Friday the 13th. I can’t say that I am particularly superstitious, but you know things like Friday the 13th can weigh on you a little and make you think.

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As we broke through the alders, we could see the pond. How could you miss it? Blue Pond got its name from the deep azure blue color of the water. When the glaciers receded from the Mount Washington Valley, a great chunk of ice was buried under the glacial till. This ancient ice gives Blue Po…

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“The fall is a bittersweet time of year. There is so much to love about this time of year; the foliage, the golden light of the late afternoon on a pond, the morning mist, on that same pond with a backdrop of red maples and the bright colors of a male brook trout are all things to be savored…

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As the sun began to set, the fish began to rise on the river. The isonychia, a fall mayfly, began to escape the surface of the river, and trout were aggressively trying to capture this bug before they could escape.

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It is no secret that I have had a love affair with bamboo fly rods for years. There is something about bamboo rods that plastic rods will never have.

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For many, Labor Day is the unofficial end to summer. For anglers, Labor Day marks the beginning of that special time of year — fall fishing. It also marks the end of fishing in the waters that are under Fish and Game’s Wild Trout Management program.

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The warm weather returned to the Mount Washington Valley this week. The heat brought temperatures in the Saco and Ellis Rivers to unsafe fishing levels during the day. In order to preserve the trout for cooler temperatures and fall fishing, we once again looked to the lakes for some angling action.