About North Star Guide Service & Outfitters, LLC


North Star Guide Service & Outfitters, LLC is located in central New Hampshire at the Gateway to the Lakes Region in Tilton, New Hampshire. We offer Chartered Guide service trolling on the big lakes for Landlocked Salmon, Lake Trout and Rainbow Trout and trolling for Brown and Rainbow Trout on some smaller lakes. Additionally, we offer Fly Fishing trips for all fresh water fish species - Wading on rivers and streams and Float Tubes trips on still waters, and FFF Certified Fly Casting Instruction year round. North Star Guide Service & Outfitters, LLC  is a member of the FFF Guides Association, the NH Guides Association and the IGFA (International Game Fish Association). We use only the best equipment because it delivers consistent performance. North Star Guide Service & Outfitters are on the Damon Rod Company Pro-Staff.

Harry G. Mehos -- Owner/Guide/Skipper; Harry handles guiding of lake charters, fly fishing, and float tube trips. Harry is a Licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide with many years experience on the water, and is the skipper of our flagship vessel, the North Star. Harry specializes in still water fishing and currently serves as the President of the New Hampshire Guides Association.

Stephen R. Rock -- Guide/Director of Fly Fishing School; North Star Guide Service is happy to have teamed up with Stephen Rock, a Licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide and FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor with over 15 years of fly fishing experience. Stephen can teach all levels of fly fishing and casting from the beginner who has never cast a fly rod before, to the more advanced fly fisher who needs to increase the accuracy and or the length of his/her cast. When he's not teaching and running our fly fishing school, Stephen specializes in moving water and will be your guide on rivers and streams for warm or cold water species.

Dr. Richard Secord -- Spey Casting Instructor; To round out the staff at North Star, Dick Secord is an FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor who specializes in spey casting. You may see Dick from time to time when we can drag him away from chasing Atlantic Salmon on Canada's Miramichi River (because he likes really, really big fish). Dick loves Spey Casting, and fishes that way almost exclusively. Instructors who focus on casting a spey rod are hard to come by so we feel very fortunate to have him on our staff.

For safety, your guides are certified in both CPR and Wilderness First Aid, as well as Harry being an active member of the US Power Squadrons. The North Star is inspected annually by a Certified USPS Vessel Safety Examiner, and bears an annual certification sticker signifying her a "Safe Vessel" by parameters set forth by both the US Power Squadron, and US Coast Guard. She is also inspected annually by New Hampshire Marine Patrol. North Star Guide Service, LLC is insured by The Acadia Insurance Company.

All New Hampshire Fish & Game laws will be strictly obeyed. Any short fish will be released quickly and unharmed. No culling of fish - no exceptions. Your guide has final say with regards to interpretation of laws and the law will be obeyed to the letter. It is your responsibility to purchase before hand a New Hampshire fishing license. You may purchase a license on-line at the NH Fish & Game web site. Go to our Links page and click the NH Fish & Game logo. It's easy! Licenses may also be bought at local bait & tackle stores, or at any NH Wal-Mart store.

How To Find

Our guide service namesake, The North Star has been a key directional guide point for finding one's way for explorers, mariners, navigators and anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors or at sea. The name North Star was chosen because we like to "show you the way". We don't keep secrets from our customers, and are happy to share knowledge, techniques and tips about the sport we love so much.

It is through the sharing of knowledge that we can spread the fun and bring more folks into the world of fishing. The more people who are involved with outdoor sports activities like hunting and fishing, the more awareness there is to our natural resources and conservation. It is through the effort put forth, and money spent and donated by hunters and fishers that most conservation programs are primarily funded. Fishers and hunters are truly the stewards of, and work as the guardians of fish, wildlife and marine resources. Our goals, as well as that of the NH Fish & Game Department and the NH Guides' Association is to conserve, manage and protect these resources and their habitats, inform and educate the public about these resources, and to provide the public with opportunities to use and appreciate these resources.

OK...so how do I find the North Star ?

The main constellations to learn are the Ursa Major (the Big Dipper) and Cassiopeia. Neither of these constellations ever sets and they are always visible on a clear night - use them to find the North Star (also known as Polaris). The Big Dipper and Cassiopeia are always opposite each other and rotate counter-clockwise around the North Star, which will be in the center. The Big Dipper is a seven star constellation and is in the shape of a dipper, and Cassiopeia is shaped kind of like a squashed letter "W". The two stars forming the outer lip of the dipper are "pointer stars" because they point to the North Star. Mentally draw a line from the outer bottom star to the outer top star of the Big Dipper's bucket. Extend this line about five times the distance between the pointer stars. You will find the North Star along this line (see diagram above) - it's easy to find.