June 17, 2013
Last week the East Outlet came down to driftable levels and we saw some fantastic spring fishing. Just as we suspected the high water brought in tons of fish, and really big ones as well! We did have a deluge of rain towards weeks end which brought water flows in the Penobscot and Kennebec to unfishable levels. The end of high water appears to be in sight with nice looking weather over the next week or so and the rivers are beginning to drop. All we can do is keep our fingers crossed. Not to sound like a broken record but the reset button has been pushed again, Moosehead Lake turned over with high winds this weekend so surface temperatures are running around the 55 degree mark. With the combination of high water bringing in new fish to the river the table is set to bring some Champagne fishing to the area over the course of the next few weeks. A lot of years we could see river temps creeping up to the high 60’s this time of year, so far this is not the case. Most years the streamer boxes would be put away, but not this season. As the water flows move down look for surface action to really heat up. As for now look for streamer and especially nymphing as the main course of action.
On a side note, amazingly enough the Roach River has still not come down to the typical low flow of summer,usually around the 125cfs mark. Currently running at 275cfs, this is an ideal flow to hold some major Moosehead fish within its friendly confines!