September outlook

September 4, 2014

Fall flows are starting earlier this year.
Do to all the water we have left over from a summer of measurable rainfall flows are already being increased on many of the rivers.
Of particular interest to many is the Roach River. First Roach Pond is essentially full so our fisheries biologist decided not to wait until after Labor Day to crack the gate and let around 200 cfs start flowing on Friday. Reports from fishermen say nice trout and salmon have already made it to the upper pools. The entire river should be full of fish in a few days.
The Moose River is currently at 1600 cfs. Normally it would not see an increase until mid-month. It’s a bit high for good wading at this level but guys with canoes and motors will soon find good fishing in the upper pools.
Moosehead is still brim full so the water has been turned up there as well. It is high for wading for the time being but it too is filling with fish.
New fish entering the river on their spawning run tend to be very aggressive so it’s time to start swinging streamers again. Fall patterns like the Shufelt Special, Montreal Whore, or Fox Hole Special begin producing fat, chrome silver salmon and brightly colored brookies, all eager to chase streamers.
A recent message from Brookfield Power let us know that foreseeing another major rain event the East Outlet should start dropping to more fishable levels sometime this weekend and likely remain at wade-able levels unless mother nature throws a lot of rain our way.
The stars are lining up earlier than usual this season and it could prove to be a fall to remember.


Due to a late cancelation we now have an opening for a 3 day trip for two people to the Fox Hole on September 22-24.
It’s a favorite trip. We are after the fall run of salmon in the upper west branch of the Penobscot. If you are interested go to our website for details and costs.