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by Jim Norton

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Welcome to New Hampshire Rivers Guide Service

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Learn to Fly Fish in 2014!

Northeast Fly Fishing School

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New Hampshire Rivers Guide service is dedicated to providing you with a fly fishing experience that you will never forget.  Whether it is a drift boat trip for trout and salmon on a major New Hampshire river, such as the Androscoggin, Connecticut or Pemigewasset Rivers; a wading trip on a stream; or a canoe  trip to a pristine New Hampshire brook trout pond, you will have the opportunity to view wildlife, enjoy wonderful natural sights and catch some beautiful fish.  A day fly fishing for trout and salmon with a New Hampshire Rivers guide will enhance your vacation or help you relax on a business trip to Boston, Manchester, Nashua, Portsmouth or North Conway

The experienced fly fishing angler will have the opportunity to match their skills against some of the largest, wariest fish in New England (and maybe even learn something new in the process.)   Beginners will find expert fly fishing instruction, patient coaching and a friendly, positive attitude to help them develop their skills.  We operate the Northeast Fly Fishing School to offer you the best possible fly fishing instruction at a very good price. Whether you come to our fly fishing school or take a guided trip, you will learn to fly fish on some of the most beautiful waters in New England. We teach you much more than just how to fly cast.  Learn to fly fish from us and you will have a strong foundation on which to build a long future in this wonderful sport.

 

 

 

Plan your New Hampshire Fly Fishing trip now!

Whether it is a half-day wading or drift boat trip or one of our all-inclusive packages, we are committed to provide the most professional guided fly fishing trips in New England.  Take a fly fishing trip with us, you'll be glad you did.  Schedule your trip now to assure availability of prime dates for best fly fishing for trout, and good insect hatches for the peak season.   Call or email now, while prime dates are still available!

Want to get away for a few days to the North Country of New Hampshire for a fly fishing trip with your buddies or family, but are concerned about the high price of a remote NH fishing lodge?  We have a solution for you!  Every summer we time our fishing trips to the Great North Woods in northern New Hampshire to coincide with the best hatches of the year. The caddis and mayfly hatches emerge from mid-June into July on the Androscoggin River and other Great North Woods of New Hampshire rivers and ponds. In September the fly fishing is also great as the water cools and the fish pack on the protein for the spawn and winter.  To take advantage of the great NH fishing we have put together some all-inclusive fishing trips.  This all-inclusive Special Package is designed to offer great NH fishing at a great value! These trips offer great fishing experiences for our clients.  See the YouTube videos of many of the client trips. These special package trips include lodging, meals, guided fishing, instruction as needed and free loaner gear.

Watch the Flash video of the Dead Diamond River, the largest undammed wild brook trout river in New Hampshire. A special treat for clients who attend our Special Package trip.

NH Rivers Guide Client Experiences

Every year Parker goes on a few trips with me. We always have a great time and seem to always get into some nice fish, whether it is fly fishing in NH, MA or CT. <Take a look>

Brothers Ray and Paul and sister Lorraine and nephew Ronnie spent two days with us on the Androscoggin River in the Great North Woods of New Hampshire with our Special Package.  Learn about their trip. <trip>

School principal Jack Corry wanted to brush up on his fly fishing skills after a 30-year hiatus.  He was amazed at the fish he caught on the Pemigewasset River! <click here>

Paul wanted daughter Natalie to catch a fish on a fly, so he asked us to take them on a drift boat trip on the Androscoggin River. <See how they did>

Rich Barnes always wanted to learn how to fly fish.  His birthday wish came true when his family treated him to a NH learn-to-fly-fish trip to the Contoocook River.  To see the pictures - <click here.>

Rich Ranone's wife Kim gave him a birthday gift - 2 days guided fly fishing for trout in New Hampshire. See his nice Newfound River brook trout.

The Cullen family wanted to surprise dad Jay with a cool birthday gift certificate. Megan and Tim joined dad for his fly fishing adventure. See the trip to the Contoocook River.

A guided fly fishing trip or learn to fly fish lesson makes a great gift for an anniversary, Father's Day, birthday or any occasion!

Perfect for couples!

We email the pdf, so it's a great last-minute gift!

Order a Fly Fishing Gift Certificate today!

Howard Clowes and his wife and daughter visited Boston to look at colleges for his daughter.  Howard wanted to experience dry fly trout fishing in NH.  Here's what we found on the Newfound River.

Mark came to New England with his sons and wanted to experience New Hampshire fly fishing. Here are the pictures of their trip to the Piscataquog River.

View our YouTube channel for dozens of fly fishing videos from New Hampshire and other parts of New England..

Here are some more pictures.

We often put fishing reports on the Fly Fishing New England Fishing site.

Remember, if you want some good fly fishing in early Spring or late Fall, Massachusetts might be the answer. Take a look at early, mid and late season fly fishing in Massachusetts

In the news

After writing for the Manchester Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News for eighteen years Jim is writing a monthly column for: The New Hampshire Outdoor Gazette - Click here 

Jim also submitted this fictional story to Fly Rod and Reel Magazine.

NH Chronicle TV Show - Watch video segment

Boston Globe - Click here

Boston.com - Click here

NH Dept of Environmental Services - Click here

Manchester Union Leader - Click here

New England Travel and Life Magazine - Click here

Hollis Brookline Journal - Click here

Boston Magazine - Click here

See videos on our YouTube Channel


Company Profile

New Hampshire Rivers Guide service provides licensed and insured fly fishing guide services throughout the State of New Hampshire, as well as northeast/central Massachusetts.   Home waters are the central and southern sections of New Hampshire, but our fly fishing guides are knowledgeable of New England waters from Greater Boston to the Canadian border.  We specialize in fly fishing, having decades of experience.  The guides are refugees from corporate America, having traded in their laptops and pinstripes for breathable waders and fly rods.  They are "students of the game" having fly fished throughout the U.S. from Maine to Florida and Arizona to Alaska and many points in-between. Active in Trout Unlimited, they participate in conservation and habitat restoration programs throughout New Hampshire.  They have provided instruction in fly tying, and fly casting for many years and also operate the Northeast Fly Fishing School.


Customer Feedback

"What a great time!!! It is amazing that I found your service with a simple internet search. I feel very lucky. I had a terrific time. Gerry and Jim, your patience, organization, and knowledge of the fishery were far above my expectations. To say nothing of your value proposition!! Barb, the food was fantastic. You all worked very hard to make this a very memorable flyfishing experience. I will definitely be back. Lastly, noteworthy was the fact that I caught my first fish on a dry fly. Thank You very much for a great couple of days in the North Woods of NH.

- Regards, Ken Hammer, Chicago, IL"

"Hi Gerry, I cannot thank you enough for such a wonderful trip. The fishing was unbelievable, the advice and help with my technique expert and priceless, the scenery beautiful, and the company exceptional. Everything about the day exceeded my expectations. Thanks again for everything! George" <Link to photos and video of salmon from October>

'I’ve been trying to figure out Fly Fishing a bit by trial and error, and a bit by picking the brains of people I know who fish. Spending just one day on the Connecticut River with Jim helped me make more progress than I managed to accumulate in the past two years. Not only did he take care of EVERYTHING (including lunch) he was also incredibly informative; sharing tips about casting, trout behavior, water temperature, river flow etc… There is no question in my mind that I’ll hire Jim again to help plan trips in the future.'

- Zac Rizzo

"I can only say that my brother and I, who have done some guided fishing in the past, have never experienced guides who “put themselves out” to the degree that you Gerry and Jim do for your clients. The effort you both put into providing us with a satisfying fishing outing is unparalleled in our experience. But we’re not just giving you an “A for effort.” The wild brook trout fishing you put us onto was quite simply, and without exaggeration, one of the most unprecedented fishing experiences I’ve ever had. And I include my fly-fishing out West as well in that comparison." 

-Ray Gagnon , Massachusetts (Full text )

"The day was great, the area was beautiful, and the fish were healthy. Keep up the good work Gerry, in protecting the fish and enhancing the fish habitat. "   

  - Ed Detlie, Iowa (Pictures)

"First trip on the Upper Androscoggin with Jim Norton was like a touch of Montana.. Beautiful drift boat ride through the rips. Plenty of fish including a 2 1/4 lb Brookie.... and then my first Rainbow (this on a 4 wt rod). As a novice fly fisherman, I appreciated Jim's knowledge, patience and skill. His quiet and friendly personality made me feel at home and made the trip that much more enjoyable... This was my first..but not my last NH fly fishing trip with Jim."

- Don Winston, Caribou, Maine

"Having taken up fly fishing only this season (I blame my neighbor, Bob Wesolowski for getting me hooked on this wonderful sport), I was very much looking forward to fishing in New England. Since I was coming this way for business purposes, I hooked up with Gerry Crow to show me around. What a wonderful afternoon/evening I had with him! Not only did he show me some great streams to fish, but he also gave me fantastic advice on casting techniques and with fly fishing in general. Gerry, thank you for being so patient with a rookie like me and for showing me the ropes, which allowed me to catch several brookies that day. The evening was topped off with a canoe trip on a local pond (a first for me!). The hexagenia hatch was heavy and we had a fantastic time. Gerry even took some pictures of me releasing some of my 'trophies', which he put on the website, allowing me to share my experiences with friends. I would recommend Gerry Crow to anyone wanting to fly fish in New Hampshire and I hope that he will be available next time I'm in the area. Thanks Gerry!"

- William Coetzee, Westchester, NY

 

 

 

Ever wonder what ever happened to your old fishin' buddy that you never see on the river any more? Maybe you can find him at New Hampshire Public Records. Don't tell him we told you to look there!

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