Rangeley Lakes Region Fly Fishing

The Rangeley Lakes Region is an accessible wilderness as vast as it is beautiful. It is the home of world-class trout and salmon fishing in sparkling lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers surrounded by forest-clad mountains, a place of such extraordinary beauty that the angler does well to attend to his fishing.

Years ago this Region was noted strictly for its excellent trout fishing. Later, salmon were introduced to many waters so that now it affords fishing for both popular species. The ice usually leaves the lakes and ponds early to mid-May. When this happens, there is excellent fly fishing in both lakes and ponds. During spring fishing, anglers troll or cast with streamers and bucktails. The streams are slow until the first of June after the spring run-off.

Fly hatches afford some of the finest fishing available. The first hatches come off approximately late May and early June, depending on weather conditions. This hatch is flying ants, redish-brown in color. Second, the Caddis, happens about mid-June. The third, May flies, start in mid-June and go to about July 10th. After this date, regular mixed hatches occur.

A few of the waters are Rangeley Lake, Mooselookmeguntic Lake, Cupsuptic Lake, Dodge Pond, Tim Pond, Little and Big Kennebago (The largest fly-fishing-only body of water in the Northeast,) the Richardsons, and Aziscoos Lake. The Region is over 1,500 feet above sea level.

Routes 4, 16, and 17 lead to Rangeley. Sporting camps, inns, motels, cottage and home rentals and camping areas are numerous. For more information and accommodations, contact the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce 1-800-MT-LAKES