From the Back of a Canoe

by Jim Norton

Fly rods, Mayflies & Lifecycles


Winter, for a fly fisherman. Bring on open water!

The End of Atlantic Salmon Restoration in the Merrimack

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   If you’ve ever wondered what the fishery of New Hampshire was like in colonial times there’s an excellent book; Fishing in New Hampshire A History by Jack Noon. It’s interesting to read about what once was and the contributing factors that lead to the demise of multiple species. Even in the 16th & 17th



       I received an email from a friend about the December column. I’ve known him for over forty years and he had some interesting stories; including one great one about a burial at sea when he was in the Navy. We always requested the story the last day of our fishing trips. Eventually he

From the Back of a Canoe – Meet Outdoor Gazette Columnist, Jim Norton


Jim Norton is the author of Granite Lines published in 2010 and wrote a monthly column for the New Hampshire Union Leader/Sunday News for almost twenty years as well as articles and columns for other publications and magazines. Jim’s column now appears monthly in the Outdoor Gazette. Jim spends the majority of his time guiding on New

2013 and 1960

Rapids on the Androscoggin, with a fish on.

At the end of the year I send a mailing to clients; below is this year’s letter and a reflection back in time to a different era.    New Hampshire has a little over a hundred fishing guides; there are probably towns out west that have more than that. Gerry and I don’t know all

Everything’s Relative

A young lady from New York. Her first time fishing!

It’s the last two weeks of September and we’re in Errol until about the end of the month. It seemed like yesterday we were here for our June trip. In June the flows on the Androscoggin were high; around 2700 CFS (cubic feet per second) at the Errol dam; over twice what it had been