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It may not look like it, with the snow falling outside my window, but a new fishing season is underway. As of April 1, salmon season is open on the lakes.

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A new fishing season is just around the corner; however, there is still some time before any of us will be wetting a line. In the mean time you might as well set back, relax by the fire and read a good book.

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This spring, for the first time in its more than 40-year history, Saco Valley Anglers Trout Unlimited will not be stocking trout in the Saco River. The decision was made after several years of lengthy debate within the membership. As a group Saco Valley Anglers has committed to a new goal of…

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You don’t hear a lot about wet flies anymore. Personally, I have always loved them and they were some of the first flies that I ever tied. I admit I don’t fish them that often, but just about every year I set down and tie a few.

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It is that time of year when we begin to search for the perfect Christmas gifts for our loved ones. No doubt, if you read this column then you probably are a fisherman or you know someone who is. Should you be looking for that perfect gift for your favorite angler, I offer a few simple suggestions.

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With a few exceptions, the rivers are closed to fishing right now. The trout are still there all right, but cooler water temperatures have slowed them down and they are less likely to chase a fly. The determined angler willing to cast nymphs will occasionally be rewarded. Those more inclined…

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Many years ago, I decided to take up fly tying. I didn’t know it then, but in retrospect it changed my life. It does seem a little strange, when I go back and think about it, at the time I barely knew how to cast a fly rod. I did own a fly rod, but my idea of fly fishing was to troll flies o…

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Trout season is over for the year and the wait begins for a new one to begin next April. Those who have followed this column are no doubt well-aware that for 17 years or more I have written an end-of-season column. There are probably some readers already moaning: “Please, no not another one.”

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Sad, but true, Monday is the last day of the regular trout season. And once again, I have come up short on all the places I was going to fish last season.

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I have been trying all summer to visit one of my favorite ponds in Maine. Last week, it suddenly occurred to me that the trout season in Maine was just about to end. Lucky for me, my fishing buddy and longtime friend Rick Davidson was on the same wavelength.

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There is no bad time to go fishing and each season has its own attributes. However, trout fishing in the fall is perhaps the prettiest time of year to be on the stream.

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On Monday, Sept. 10, biologists from New Hampshire Fish and Game, the National Forest Service and volunteers from Saco Valley Anglers Trout Unlimited converged on the Wildcat River in Jackson to continue a long-term study of wild brook trout in the river.

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In case you haven’t noticed there is a change in the air. Despite some exceptionally warm days of late, the signs of fall are all around. There is a tinge of red on some of the maples in my backyard and the swap maples have for a week or two have taken on a rosy glow. After all, it is Labor …

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I would guess that most fishermen, like myself, carry a rod and reel in their truck just about everywhere they go. In addition to my basic rig I have on hand a few flies and a couple of essential tools. If I am heading out on a real fishing trip, a lot of additional items are added to the li…

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It is not often that we have such good fishing in mid-August. The Saco River has had some low water conditions in recent weeks, however due to rainy conditions over the past few days, the river has turned on again.