Maine Fly Fishing

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“…The 3,000 lakes and ponds, coupled with 32,000 miles of streams and rivers winding through expansive forests are a national treasure. Whether you seek a native, wild salmon, trout or bass in a remote, wilderness environment, or just want to go out for an afternoon of fun, Maine has it all” – Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

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Overview to Maine Fly Fishing Opportunities: When the conversation among friends planning a vacation in Maine suddenly turns to fishing, the tone takes on an air of excitement as Maine’s saltwater sport fishery becomes the focus. Maine has long been known for its reputation for having one of the finest saltwater sport fisheries on the east coast. It does not matter if anglers plan on top notch captains or guides, a vacation that includes a day of fishing in Maine can help create the memories of a lifetime.

However, Maine has also been long renowned for its freshwater fishery as well. And, if a vacation to the coast of Maine is the plan, anglers can take advantage of a fishing opportunity very few places have to offer. Some of the states best freshwater fishing can be found only a few minutes drive from its remarkable saltwater fishery. It is even possible for an angler to take advantage of this fishing experience all in the same day.

Fishing for species such as Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Large and Smallmouth Bass, White Perch, or Landlock Salmon; to name just a few, can fulfill an anglers day with arm tiring results. Just as their saltwater cousins, these freshwater species can be brought to the net and camera with either a fly rod or spinning gear.

As for what type of equipment to use, most any spinning rod and reel set-up used to catch “schoolie Stripers” and Mackerel, can double as a freshwater fishing set-up. Naturally, the type of lure or bait used will differ with the switch from saltwater to freshwater. If fly gear is the choice of equipment, most anglers will choose to fish the saltwater with a fast action eight weight, or larger fly rod, equipped with a reel of reputable drag, loaded with a fast sinking line backed with about 200 yards of Dacron, and carry along a spare spool loaded with a weight forward floating line; also supported by about 200 yards of Dacron backing line.

For a day of freshwater fly fishing, an angler will probably prefer to bring along a rod and reel of six weight, or smaller persuasion, loaded with a weight forward floating line, backed with about 75 to 100 yards of Dacron backing. The floating line will be needed for casting everything from surface poppers and dry flies, to shallow fished streamers. Also, a spare spool loaded with a sink tip, or full sinking line backed with about 75 to 100 yards of Dacron backing should be included. The sink tip, or full sinking line will be needed to fish the deeper pools of rivers and streams and for dredging the deeper waters of lakes and ponds where larger fish are sometimes found holding on warm Summer days. As for what “flavor” flies to use, this will differ with the switch from saltwater to freshwater.

Of course, the best way to learn the “How”, “What”, and “Where” of either saltwater, or freshwater fishing in Maine, is to hire a Registered Maine Guide, and gain access to his or her years of experience. Most guides, will even supply all of the equipment needed for a day of fishing. Hiring a guide is not only a safe ecological way to explore Maine, but can save an angler precious hours of research time that could be better spent catching fish and enjoying the rest of what Maine has to offer.

Bob Coombs is a Registered Maine Guide who lives in Rockport, Maine. FMI: The Right Drift Outfitters e-mail: buck@midcoast.com

Maine Fly Fishing Articles
A Mile of Lake Trout!
By Sheila Grant
www.newenglandgameandfish.com/ng_aa053304a
A Sea-Run Fish for Every Season
The Kennebec River A Sea-Run Fish for Every Season
www.maineenvironment.org/Edwards_Dam/Sea-RunFishforEverySeason.htm
Allagash Lake
Allagash Lake can easily be called the gem of the north Maine woods.
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=19
Angling on the Androscoggin
from MaineToday.com
outdoors.mainetoday.com/fishing/011014stocking.shtml
Area Fishing
Kennebec River Outfitters is Maine
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/area.htm
Aroostook County fishing
The “Crown of Maine” remains the last stronghold of Maine’s traditional coldwater species.
www.fishing-in-maine.com/aroostook.htm
Blue Duns – They’re not related but they all hatch early and look alike
This selection and a couple more early season mayflies are the reason the “Blue Dun” mayfly pattern is such a killing fly
www.maineflyfishing.com/bluedun/bigpicture.htm
Classic Salmon Program
www.classicsalmon.org
Downeast Region fishing
Downeast Maine is noteworthy because of the wide variety of angling experiences it offers
www.fishing-in-maine.com/downeast.htm
Eagle Lake Region
www.fishriverlodge.com/frlodge3.shtml
Fairfield – Shawmut Dam
Very popular with local anglers from central/southern Maine…
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/fairfield.htm
Fish-Maine.com
www.fish-maine.com
Fisheries Resources of the Kennebec River
An angler stands casting in a 20-foot canoe just below the Augusta dam on the Kennebec River…
knox.link75.org/mmb/Cybrary/kenfish/krcr1.html
Fishes of Maine
www.colby.edu/chemistry/CH217/Fish%20Page/Main%20Page.htm
Fishing for Fish – Perhaps a guide can help
When the renowned tradition of Registered Maine Guides began more than 100 years ago, visiting fishing aficionados had limited choices…
outdoors.mainetoday.com/fishing/010909guides.shtml
Fishing the Kennebec River
The Kennebec River begins at two dams on the west side of Moosehead Lake.
www.gateway-rec.com/fishing/kennebec.htm
Fishing-in-Maine.com
…Maine stands out among other areas as a sanctuary for fishing lovers, still rugged, beautiful and unspoiled. Nearly 6000 lakes and ponds and 32,000 miles of rivers and streams along with some of th
www.fishing-in-maine.com
Fly Fishing In Maine
Get information about everything you ever wanted to know for Fly Fishing In Maine
www.flyfishinginmaine.com
Fly Fishing Maine Rivers.com
www.flyfishingmainerivers.com
Game and Fish magazine
Game & Fish brings you the latest hotspots, tactics & outdoor news, no matter where you hunt or fish.
www.newenglandgameandfish.com
Grand Lake Stream
This web site offers information on hunting, fishing, obtaining a Maine Guide and businesses in the Grand Lake Stream area.
grandlakestream.com/
Grand Lake Stream
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=26
Grand Lake Stream Fly Fishing
Abundant in our St. Croix watershed are Landlocked salmon, square-tailed trout, lake trout and some of the best small-mouthed bass fishing in Maine
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=26
Grand Lake Stream, Maine
West Grand Lake has been noted for almost a century for it’s landlocked salmon and is one of the original salmon lakes.
www.fish-gls.com/
Introduction to Maine Fishing
Maine has long been known for its reputation for having one of the finest saltwater sport fisheries on the east coast.
www.fish-maine.com/coombs_article.htm
Kennebago River
The Kennebago River is located just outside of Rangeley, Maine, in the heart of the Western Maine mountain region.
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=3
Kennebago Streamer – Old Flies
The fly was named for Kennabago Stream, a famous trout and landlocked salmon water in the Rangeley section of the state of Maine.
www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part162.html
Kennebec – Bingham/ Wyman Dam
Just 20 miles north of the shop in Bingham, you will find Maine’s (and arguably New England’s!) finest trophy “Tailwater” (i.e., Wyman Dam) and one of the only (and unquestionably the strongest!) “Wil
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/bingham.htm
Kennebec – Fairfield/ Shawmut Dam
Very popular with local anglers from central/southern Maine, aggressively promoted by local sports writers and newspapers, and touted by the Maine DIF&W as a “World Class Brown Trout Fishery”, Shawmut
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/fairfield.htm
Kennebec – Madison/ The Pines
Just outside of Skowhegan (“Skowvegas” to the folks from up north!), the river runs southwest and away from Route 201.
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/madison.htm
Kennebec – Solon/ Carratunk Falls
Above the upper dam in Madison, the river runs through a rural and semi-remote wooded area with limited shore side development, ancient Native American petroglyths, and abundant wildlife including Eag
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/solon.htm
Kennebec – The Forks/ Carratunk
Above Wyman Lake, the river parallels Route 201 flowing through an otherwise remote valley all the way up to The Forks offering miles of wade-in fishing for primarily “wild” Brook Trout, Landlocked Sa
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/forks.htm
Kennebec – The Gorge/ East Outlet
Above The Forks, the Kennebec River flows through a remote and rugged gorge with limited and difficult access. The Gorge contains populations of “wild” brook trout and landlocked salmon that can attai
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/gorge.htm
Kennebec Anadromous Fish
a sea-run fish for every season
mainerivers.org/ken_fish.htm
Kennebec and Dead River Profiles
The Upper Kennebec and Dead Rivers offer some of the best fishing to be had in the Northeast…
www.mtnvalleyflies.com/river.htm
Kennebec Dam Removal – Freeing Maine
The Kennebec River, which drains one-fifth of the state of Maine, is comparable only to Hudson River and Chesapeake Bay in its importance as a fish spawning ground.
sciencebulletins.amnh.org/biobulletin/biobulletin/story1204.html
Kennebec River
Once polluted and seriously neglected, the legendary Kennebec River in Maine is rapidly returning to its former glory!
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/kennebecriver.htm
Kennebec River
www.maineflyfishing.com/ourriver.htm
Kennebec River – Great Eddy / Skowhegan
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/skowhegan.htm
Kennebec River – The Pines/Madison
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/madison.htm
Kennebec River – Bingham
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=24
Kennebec River – East Outlet
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=9
Kennebec River – Madison
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=22
Kennebec River – Skowhegan
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=20
Kennebec River – Solon
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=25
Kennebec River – The Forks
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=23
Kennebec River brook trout
The brook trout fishing continues to get better in the Upper Kennebec Valley of Maine
www.gateway-rec.com/fishing/brookie.htm
Kennebec River info
The Kennebec River from Waterville to Sidney offers beautiful scenery, wildlife viewing (including bald eagles, ospreys, ducks, and the occasional deer and red fox) and fantastic fishing for smallmout
www.mainewildernesstours.com/kennebec.html
Kennebec River information
Once polluted and seriously neglected, the legendary Kennebec River in Maine is rapidly returning to its former glory!
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/kennebecriver.htm
Kennebec River Page
The Kennebec River from Moosehead Lake to Tide Water
www.maineflyfishing.com/ourriver.htm
Kennebec River-Shawmut Dam
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=8
Lakewood Camps
Lakewood Camps, because of its ideal location, has the unique distinction of allowing guests the opportunity to either fly fish on the famous Rapid River or troll the waters of the Richardson Lakes.
www.lakewoodcamps.com/LCfishing.htm
Lower Kennebec River description
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=14
Maine Guides Online
largest index of Maine Recreational Guides on the Internet
www.maineguides.com/
Maine Harbors
Tide Charts and related Nautical information
www.maineharbors.com
Maine ponds
Ponds for fly fishing in Maine
www.maineflyfishing.com/ffowater.htm
Maine Sportsman
New England’s Largest Outdoor Publication
mainesportsman.com
Maine’s Androscoggin River Comeback
By Rod Cochran
www.newenglandgameandfish.com/ng_aa063304a
Maine’s Rapid River spurs digital conservation
When non-native smallmouth bass encroached on a brook trout stream, one group of anglers used the internet as a conservation tool
www.espn.go.com/outdoors/conservation/s/c_fea_TU_Rapid_conservation_
ME.html
Maine’s Rapid River spurs digital conservation
When non-native smallmouth bass encroached on a brook trout stream, one group of anglers used the internet as a conservation tool
espn.go.com/outdoors/conservation/s/c_fea_TU_Rapid_conservation_ME.h
tml
MaineToday.com Outdoors Fishing
outdoors.mainetoday.com/fishing
Moosehead Lake Region
the Moosehead Lake Region lies in the west central portion of Maine…
www.maineguideflyshop.com/faq.html
Moosehead Lake Region fishing
The Moosehead Region is best known for Maine’s three premier coldwater game fish species – brook trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon.
www.fishing-in-maine.com/Moosehead.htm
Moosehead Lake Region Greenville Area Trout Pond Guide
www.maineguideflyshop.com/pondguide2.html
Our Top Five Spring Salmon Rivers
Northern New England is the place to be for spring landlocks, and these five proven waters should provide great angling action this spring.
www.newenglandgameandfish.com/fishing/salmon-steelhead-fishing/NG_05
05_01
Penobscot River – East Branch
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=5
Penobscot River – West Branch
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=4
Penobscot River info
www.maineflyfishing.com/penobsco.htm
Ramblings on the Roach
On the far shore, the silhouette of a mountain walled in the horizon, while below it Moosehead Lake shimmered in the last light of day.
www.flyroddingthecoast.com/ramblings_on_the_roach.htm
Rangeley Lake Region fishing
The Rangeley Lakes Region is an accessible wilderness as vast as it is beautiful.
www.fishing-in-maine.com/Rangley.htm
Rapid River
This river boasts an average brook trout at 2-3 lbs. according to locals, and fish topping 5 are not uncommon.
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/location.php?location=2
Salmon count affirms recovery
Salmon In The Penobscot River Are Continuing Their Recent Recovery
www.bangornews.com/news/templates/?a=104493
Small Mouth Bass
Quality smallmouth bass can be found on many of Maine’s rivers.
www.fish-maine.com/KenBailey1.htm
The Maine attraction
The area around Maine’s largest lake is a flyfisher’s dream
espn.go.com/outdoors/flyfishing/columns/klausmeyer_david/1526854.html
The Smallmouth
Who is THAT fish? Sometimes it’s hard to tell
www.riversmallies.com/articles_cd1.html
Top North Country Trout Rivers
For just the right combination of solitude, great fishing and easy access, these highly recommended trout rivers can’t be beat.
www.newenglandgameandfish.com/ng_aa073302a/index.html
Types of Fish in Maine
Maine boasts the last major self-sustaining “Wild” Brook Trout populations in the northeastern United States. With countless remote ponds, miles of wilderness streams, and large pristine lakes such as
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/fishtypes.htm
Upper Kennebec
The Upper Kennebec and Dead Rivers offer some of the best fishing to be had in the Northeast!
www.mtnvalleyflies.com/river.htm
Where to Saltwater Fish Along Maine’s Coast
The following section includes information about and directions to many of Maine’s saltwater boat ramp and shore fishing sites
www.state.me.us/dmr/recreational/saltwaterfishing.htm

Maine Fly Fishing Clubs
Down East Salmon Federation
www.mainesalmonrivers.org
Merry Meeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited
We at Merry Meeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited (MMBTU) believe in the conversavation, protection, and restoration of Maine’s trout and salmon fisheries and their wartersheds.
www.mmbtu.org

Maine Fly Fishing Guides
Grand Lake Stream Guides
grandlakestream.com/guides.html
Kennebec River guide service
www.maineflyfishing.com/weguide.htm
Kennebec River Outfitters
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/guide.htm
Smallmouth bass Fishing in Lincoln, Maine
www.eaglelodgemaine.com/fishing.html

Maine Hatch Charts
Allagash River hatch chart
www.bigyflyco.com/Allagash.html
Hatch chart data for Kennebec River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Kennebec+River&State=ME
Hatch chart data for Penobscot River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Penobscot+River&State=ME
Hatch chart data for Roach River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Roach+River&State=ME
Hatch chart data for Saco River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Saco+River&State=ME
Hatch data for Allagash River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Allagash+River&State=ME
Hatch data for Androscoggin River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Androscoggin+River%2C+ME&State=ME
Hatch data for Grand Lake Stream
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Grand+Lake+Stream&State=ME
Hatch data for Kennebago River
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Kennebago+River&State=ME
Maine Hatches
Hatch Guide for New England Trout Streams.
www.maineflyfishing.com/hatches.htm
Maine rivers hatch charts
www.tffr.com/Hatch_Charts/top_100_trout_rivers_usa.asp?State=ME
Penobscot River hatch chart
www.bigyflyco.com/Penobscot.html
Rapid River hatch chart
www.theflyfishingreport.com/Hatch_Charts/Top100Results.asp?River_Nam
e=Rapid+River&State=ME

Maine Fly Fishing Maps
Delorme Maine Maps
www.delorme.com/companyinfo/releases/mainefishing.htm
Maine Lake Charts, Inc.
Creators of detailed maps of Maine lakes and ponds
www.mainelakecharts.com
Maine lake maps
www.state.me.us/ifw/fishing/depthmaps/index.htm
Shawmut Dam, Penobscot River
The Shawmut Dam Landing is a Canoe Launch maintained by Central Maine Power
www.maineflyfishing.com/shawmap.htm

Maine Fly Fishing Photos
Fly Fising in Maine photos
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/photoalbum
Kennebec river photos
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com/photos.htm
Maine fly fishing photos
www.eldredgeflyshop.com/html/photo_album.htm

Maine Fly Fishing Reports
Aroostock Headwaters
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=1
Belgrade Lakes Fishing Reports
www.mainewildernesstours.com/reports.html
Belgrade Region
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=7
Casco Bay fishing reports
www.mainesaltwaterfishing.com/fishing_reports_links.php
Down East reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=10
Kennebec Report
www.maineflyfishing.com/Friday.htm/div>
Kennebec River Fishing Report
www.mtnvalleyflies.com/fishing.htm
Maine Fishing reports from anglerguide.com
reports for major areas of Maine
www.anglerguide.com/maine
Maine weekly fishing reports
Broken down by region-by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
www.state.me.us/ifw/fishing/weeklyreports.htm
Moosehead Reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=3
Northern Maine/Eagle Lake Region Reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=8
Portland Region reports
www.maineinfo.net/Daytrippers.html
Rangeley Region fishing reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=6
SE Striper Reports
www.eldredgeflyshop.com/html/reports.htm
Southern Coast Region Reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=13
Statewide Reports
www.kitterytradingpost.com/fishtalk.html
Upper Androscoggin Region Reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=12
Upper Kennebec & Somerset County fishing reports
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=4
York & Cumberland Counties fishing report
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/proreports/viewreport.php?id=5

Maine Stream Flows
Real Time Streamflow Conditions (Maine)
waterdata.usgs.gov/me/nwis
Tide Charts for Southern Maine and Casco Bay
www.maineharbors.com/tide1.htm

Maine Fly Fishing Forums

Flyfishinginmaine.com
www.flyfishinginmaine.com/forums
Maine Fly Fishing Only
www.maineflyfishing.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=2
Coastal Maine/NH Fishing – StripersOnline SurfTalk
www.stripersonline.com/ubb547/ultimatebb.php/forum/9.html
Fly Fishing Only Forums
Maine fly fishing forum
flyfishingonly.net/forum
Maineflyfish.com
www.maineflyfish.com/forum/default.asp

Maine Fly Fishing Shops

Maine Sport Outfitters
Rockport area outfitter; Route 1 PO Box 956 Rockport ME 04856; phone: 207 236 7120
www.mainesport.com
Fly Fishing Only
230 Main Street, Fairfield ME 04937; phone: (207) 453-6242; Check out their Canoe Shuttle Service!
www.maineflyfishing.com
Kennebec River Outfitters
469 Lakewood Rd, Madison ME 04950; phone: 207-474-2500
www.kennebecriveroutfitters.com
Mountain Valley Flies
790 Lower Street, Turner, Maine 04282; phone: 207-212-9909
www.mtnvalleyflies.com
Maine Guide Fly Shop and Guide Service
PO Box 1202, Greenville, Maine 04441; phone: 207 695-2266
www.maineguideflyshop.com/index.html
Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop
Down East Maine fly shop; 1480 US Route One, PO Box 69, Cape Neddick, ME 03902; phone: 207-363-9269/9279
www.eldredgeflyshop.com
Rob’s Fly Shop
Route 4, North Jay, Maine 04262; phone: (207) 645-4508
www.robs-fly-shop.com
Sun Valley Sports
129 Sunday River Road, Bethel, Maine 04217; phone: 1-207-824-7533
www.sunvalleysports.com
Kittery Trading Post
Rte. 1, Kittery, Maine; phone: 888-KTP-MAINE
www.kitterytradingpost.com

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