Sweet Summertime is here in Maine! As we roll into the dog days and the rivers warm, our focus shifts from Landlocked Salmon and Brook trout to Bass and Pike on the fly on the Androscoggin River. Purists my scoff at the idea, until they hook their first hefty Smallmouth on a topwater fly, or witness a 10 plus pound Pike T-bone a large streamer right at the boat.
While temps on trout waters across the state approach the 70 degree mark, we give the trout and salmon a rest. And shift our focus to fly fishing for Bass and Pike which provides tons of action for our guests in a sustainable manner. The topwater (dryfly) conditions for these species simply couldn’t be any better right now. Drop us a line and get out and enjoy a day of Sweet Summertime on a River in Maine!
Check this short edit of what it is all about!
See You on the water!
It has been quite a roller coaster ride this season with river levels across the entire state. We have gone from standard summer dryway flows of this:
To this….way too often this season:
In the time between the torrential rain and floods we have found some great fishing and have hosted many happy customers this season on the West Branch of the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Androscoggin Rivers. We have shared the beauty of Spring and summer in Maine, and alot of laughs with many great people.
During the high flows we have taken time to explore remote waters and rediscovered some beautiful uncrowded waters with amazing trout fishing.
I’d like to thank all the participants and spectators for making Maine’s First ever Iron Fly Competition a success! The judges were impressed by the thought, skill, and creativity that went into all the flies tied on Saturday.
A big thanks goes to Selene’s Fly Shop Brunswick Maine for organizational support, sponsorship, and generous prize donations! If you have not visited her shop, make it happen. Another big thanks to Fly Fishing in Maine, and Dan Tarkinson for securing the venue for us, and allowing us to trash it before the film tour! I hope everyone in attendance enjoyed the experience and will join us for the next Iron Fly…this was just the beginning.
For those of you who may not have seen the results announcement, here it is:
1st Prize winner of the Echo Fly Rod (courtesy of Selene’s Fly Shop) for most creative fly went to Peter Dransfield!
3rd Place winner of of the Selenes Fly Shop gift Card for Fishiest Fly went to Rick Elsaesser!
We did have two runner up prizes for Aaron Lockwood, and Alan Yuodsnukis, who were not present during the announcement.
We also awarded prizes three promising young fly tyers: Luke, Philip, and Hunter!
Everyone won on Saturday! As we raised $230 donated to FFIM for Fisheries Conservation projects in Maine!
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2014!!!
With high temps on most trout and salmon rivers in Maine we have transitioned over to Smallmouth Bass and Pike Fly Fishing Trips. Recently we have been spending our days floating the Androscoggin River fly fishing for Bass and Pike. The fishing has been solid overall, flows are ideal and steady action is the name of the game. If you are looking for alot of action on the fly, without much travel time from the coast? We can get you on the water catching fish, and have you back to meet family/friends for cocktail hour and dinner on the coast! Book now 207-749-1593
Here is a video highlighting summer fun fly fishing for Bass and Pike on the Androscoggin River in Maine!
Hendricksons have come and gone and caddis hatches are on! We have guided some great folks over the past few weeks in conditions from snow to 85 degrees! The weather appears to be stablizing and the flows are perfect for floating. A few prime time dates are available between now and mid July, don’t misss out! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call now 207-749-1593 and get while the getting is good.
Maine River Guides is now offering full day float trips on the Solon section of the Kennebec River. Located less than 2 hours from Portland it provides a unique opportunity to catch three species of trout and salmon in a remote setting.
Recently we did a recon float with Brian Donaghy, the fishing was good and so was the weather. Fish were caught on a variety of methods from nymphing down deep to tiny size 20 dries. Streamers produced the most action in between nymph runs and rising fish.
Thanks to Brian Donaghy for capturing all the photos seen above!
Took a day with Matt and his friend Todd to do some recon on Bass and Pike on the Androscoggin River a few weeks back. Wind was brutal, river flows were good, and fishing was solid. We fished some new flys we have been developing utilizing unique new products from the folks at Flymen Fishing Company, the results were good!
If you are interested in good fishing within an hour to an hour and a half of Portland Maine, give us a call and line up a date soon!
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