Fishing Reports – Maine

Dry Fly Time

Dry Fly Time

June 16, 2017 Caddis are hatching everywhere and you don’t have to look very hard to find fish chasing caddis bouncing about on the surface of a river near here. Caddis have been popping on the Moose and the West Branch for nearly a week but yesterday was the first...

Join Us on the Dark Side

Join Us on the Dark Side

June 13, 2017 Many believe BASS is a 4 letter word, especially in trout and salmon country. They weren’t here to begin with, an invasive species, not noble enough to be included with cold water gamefish. Take your choice but it’s not the fishes fault they...

A Good Drift

A Good Drift

June 9, 1982 A good drift Conditions couldn’t be much better. Water flows on all the rivers are perfect for waders and should remain there throughout the weekend. The West Branch has come alive with mayfly hatches reported all the way up river to Big Eddy. They’re...

They’re Looking up

They’re Looking up

June 2, 2017 Now that Hendricksons have started to show fish are beginning to look to the surface for a meal. They’ll chase a streamers fished on a dry line. They’ll pick a soft hackle just under the surface and in the afternoon when mayflies begin showing its dry fly...

We’re kicking it into high gear.

We’re kicking it into high gear.

2017 – Memorial Day Weekend Fishing Report – A lot has happened during May. Smelt runs have come and gone. There was way to much wet, cold weather and two major high water events that left rivers unfishable. Water temps remained in the low 40’s making...

The Sucker Spawn is ON!!

The Sucker Spawn is ON!!

May 20, 2017 The smelt runs might be over but streamers are still doing the job. Once the adult spawned out smelt return to deeper water fish begin feeding on younger needle smelt. Consider making the switch from the biggest streamer you have to a smaller version of...

Conditions in Limbo

Conditions in Limbo

May 13, 2017 A week ago our red maples began to show signs of life and decided to bud. The tiniest tips of green leaves on trees indicated it’s time to move spring forward. Then every morning began just a few degrees above freezing and ended a few degrees below 50 so...

Water, Water Everywhere

Water, Water Everywhere

May 5, 2017 It’s looking like a more normal start to the season than the last couple. Snow pack was good and during the rainy season it actually rained measureable amounts and its water, water everywhere. The East Outlet peaked at 10,000 cfs, the West Branch even...

The Stars are Lining-up

The Stars are Lining-up

April 29, 2017 We are not ice free just yet but we are gaining everyday. The Greenville end of Moosehead is still iced in but from the East Outlet to Rockwood appears to be ice free. A stiff wind will likely finish the job. The mild weather and rain has done away with...

Winter Loosens it’s Grip

Winter Loosens it’s Grip

April 16, 2017 Fishing Report The snow is going but the ice is still hanging tight. We always say if the ice goes out before the beginning of May it’s early, if it goes out after May 10th it’s late. It doesn’t look right now like it’s going to be early this spring....

Big Streamers

Big Streamers

April 12, 2017 It will be awhile until ice-out. The snow pack is dropping and run-off is in full swing but there is no real open water to be found on the lakes and ponds (except for the mouth of the Moose River). Back roads are still snow covered so you won’t...

Ice Fishing Season Extended

Ice Fishing Season Extended

April 2, 2017 Opening day of the 2017 Open Water Fishing Season in the Moosehead Lake Region is April 1st. The issue this year is the open water part of the equation is missing. Winter has a hard time loosing its grip and northern Maine remains frozen solid with lots...

Water flows and wading the East Outlet

Water flows and wading the East Outlet

It’s not time to begin posting 2017 Fishing Reports. There is nothing to report. There is still lots of snow and ice and they are currently running 3000 cfs of excess run-off to keep Moosehead down so there is room to handle the major snow pack still in the...

We’re Peaking

We’re Peaking

October 15, 2016 We are half way through our extended October season on the East Outlet of the Kennebec and things couldn’t be much better. The fall colors are as brilliant as we’re ever seen and salmon are throughout the entire river. The quality of the salmon...

October on the East Outlet

October on the East Outlet

October 2, 2016 The regular fishing season ended with a bang. The Roach River lit right up and produced some fantastic trout and salmon. The small trout ponds also lit up. Talk of 30 fish days left pond fishermen wishing the season wasn’t ending. The problem with...

Fall Fishing in Full Swing

Fall Fishing in Full Swing

September 19, 2016 Small ponds are at their best. Fish coming out of the spring holes and are on a pre-spawn feeding binge. Use traditional dries like a Royal Wulff or Royal Coachman wet and cast around. Fish are circling the pond searching for something to eat....

Fall water increases key ingredient

Fall water increases key ingredient

September 6, 2106 Totally different water conditions apply for good fishing in the spring than do in the fall. In the spring we want falling water levels and rising water temperatures. After high spring run-off becomes more stable and water temperatures begin to rise,...

Tailwaters

Tailwaters

August 19, 2016 As summer sunshine warms the waters of Moosehead Lake and its tributaries trout and salmon begin retreating to the lakes seeking cooler waters in the depths of the lake. Many of the E.O. residents either drop back into Indian Pond or pass through the...

Summer Heat

Summer Heat

August 2, 2016 The heat of the summer is upon us and MFO season (Mandatory Family Outing) is now in full swing. It’s been great weather for reunions, family picnics and outing. Water temperature in the ponds has climbed. Trout have retreated to spring holes where 55...

Eleventh Annual Healing Waters Outing

Eleventh Annual Healing Waters Outing

July 25-28 Founder, Ed Nicholson believed that teaching wounded vets fly fishing skills could very be good therapy during their recovery while at Walter Reed Hospital. Ten years ago we had the good fortune of offering the very first destination, fishing trip for the...