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A Brief Review of A Flyfisher's Guide to New England…


While most of our customers may never set foot into our shop, we often get asked about our local waters. Thankfully, for those interested in visiting New England, there’s a new fly-fishing book that might interest anglers. Flyfisher’s Guide to New England by Lou Zambello is a complete re-write of the old guide that some of you may have purchased back in the day.


While other recently-published books cover the best known or most popular fisheries, this book not only covers those waters as well, but more importantly, hundreds of lesser known rivers, streams, and ponds, as well as a variety of fish species in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.


The author told me recently that the popular waters seem to get more crowded each year while other areas that offer enjoyable fishing are being overlooked. He wrote the book to show anglers other options, and I’ve personally fished several based on his recommendations.


Some of you may be familiar with the author, Lou Zambello. He is a long-time guide in the Rangeley area, published the well-received, “Fly Fishing Northern New England’s Seasons” a how-to book to maximize seasonal opportunities, and gives frequent presentations and seminars around New England. Lou teamed up with former Maine State Fisheries Director, John Boland, and other experts and spent several years criss-crossing New England researching this book.


This full-color large-format book includes full-color maps of the major fisheries, complete with GPS coordinates, access points, public land, access roads, boat ramps (including small hand launches), parking areas, named holes and pools and more.  Lou also includes easy-access options, beginner spots, vacation suggestions, and proven fly patterns (at the end of the book). You will enjoy Lou’s relaxed writing-style as well.


Signed copies of Fly Fishers Guide to New England are available from us, and the book is also carried in most retailers and on-line merchants that sell fly-fishing books.


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