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This week in the valley brought back memories of Memorial Day. Daytime temperatures in the 70s and nighttime temperatures in the 40s. Most Veterans Day weeks are icy cold, and two years ago we had snow on the ground. Mother Nature sure can keep us guessing.

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Lyars and Tyers Fly Tying at the North Country Angler has been a Saturday morning tradition for close to 20 years. Starting in November and ending the Saturday before trout ponds open for fishing in April, Lyars and Tyers brings together fly tyers from all around New England. A Saturday does…

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During the 2020 fishing season, I did quite a bit of fishing in the Saco River Watershed — the upper Saco from Saco Lake to the River Street Bridge in Bartlett, and the tributary waters from Willey Brook to the Rocky Branch (near and dear to my heart). It is a marvelous watershed for fishing…

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At the end of each trout season, before putting away my fly vest, I take the opportunity to do a cleaning and an organizing. This is not a drawn out process. Sorting leaders and tippet. Checking floatant bottles. Cleaning out fly boxes.

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Oct. 15 marked the end trout season in designated trout ponds, rivers, and streams. Seems like we just started our quest on the morning of April 25 at the Pond That Shall Not Be Named.

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It is that time of year again, and another trout season has come to an end. This year, the end of the season comes with another ending, at least for me. This will be my last Valley Angler.

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The lights were shining through the windows of the cabin. It made Troutman smile. He knew the Old Timer was inside and had opened the camp earlier in the day. Returning to camp was a right of renewal for Troutman and his dad. Another fishing trip was about to unfold.

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Sad to say, with a little over a week left, another trout season is about to end. The lack of water in our local streams has limited my outings to the local trout ponds. Even the ponds are showing the effects of a dry summer. It is now possible to walk all the way around my favorite pond wit…

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Wednesday is the day spent exploring waters. The shop is closed. The number of anglers is low. The need to learn about the angling opportunities to share with fellow anglers is strong.

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I took a ride up north of the notches yesterday and on over into Maine. The trip was more of a photo tour than a fishing trip, however fishing is always on my mind no matter what I am doing.

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When the glaciers receded thousand of years ago, some Atlantic salmon got trapped in the new inland lakes that were formed. Atlantic salmon are known for their strength, their weight and their challenge as a game fish. The fish that remained trapped retained some of these characteristics. La…

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The road north, up Route 16, hasn’t changed much in all the years I have driven it. I always get a good feeling when I get north of Berlin and the road narrows.

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I had been thinking about getting up to the Androscoggin River all summer. Not long ago, I decided to make a quick trip to Pontook Dam for the afternoon.

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While the temperatures in the valley were starting on their glidepath to the cooler fall days, we experienced a hiccup this week. Temperatures popped back up into the 80s. With the lower water levels in the Saco, this meant that midday fishing would be marginal.