Fishing Reports – Maine

It Ain’t Over Yet

It Ain’t Over Yet

October 1, 2017 We’ve been flat out with trips so I apologize for not being at the keyboard more. It’s that time of season. It too bad September isn’t four months long instead of four weeks. It’s been an interesting September to say the least. Every river saw great...

Like Magic

Like Magic

September 12, 2017 It didn’t take long for fish to respond to increases in water flows. The Roach has trout and salmon throughout as does the East Outlet. Last week we caught salmon in all the runs from the Beach Pool, where we launched, right down to the lake....

The stars are all lined up

The stars are all lined up

September 6, 2017 Everything has come together nicely for wonderful fall fishing conditions. First the water temperature has gone from a high of 72 degrees in late August to the low 60’s in the last ten days, and it’s currently raining 59 degree water. Remember, in...

From HQ

From HQ

August 25, 2017 We never want to wish away summer but this is the time of season when our thoughts go to fast forward and we begin wondering just how the fall fishing is going to shape up. There are two key ingredients to good fall fishing, water flow and water...

A First

A First

August 19, 2017 Things are just about the same as they were during our last report. Caddis are hatching mornings and evenings with a few stones thrown in. We are still tickling fish to the surface for an orange, tan or black body caddis. Soft hackle wets are doing all...

Game changer

Game changer

August 14, 2017 We see the same thing about this time every year. 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. Many of the E.O. residents either drop back...

We’re in full summer mode

We’re in full summer mode

July 28, 2017 – Summer weather finally made it to the Moosehead Region a week or so ago. August is our windless, bright sky time of the season. We like to refer to August as MFO season (Mandatory Family Outing), when families get together for barbeques, weddings...

12th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Outing

12th Annual Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Outing

July 19-21, 2017 Six vets and two counselors attended this years fishing trip. They arrived the afternoon of July 19 and stayed at Moosetracts Cottages on Prong Pond and the Chalet Moosehead on Moosehead Lake. Dinner ,the first evening, was provided by Leisure Life...

Wild Ride

Wild Ride

July 15, 2017 Both the Moose River and Penobscot Drainages saw over 3 inches of rain last week that came from the back to back to back thunder storms their torrential rain which quickly filled Moosehead & Chesuncook to capacity and caused flood gates to be opened....

The Hexes are Hatching

The Hexes are Hatching

July 7, 2017 It’s just after the 4th and the monster mayflies of summer are now the main event on our trout ponds. This is what every still water fly fisherman has been waiting for all season. The cool nights and rainy days have kept pond water temperatures ideal for...

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

July 1, 2017 River fishing remains very good. Caddis are hatching and cycling between different species. In the last few days we have been teasing fish to the surface with elk wing caddis with olive bodies, orange bodies and brown bodies. Tan Goddard caddis even...

Dries all day long

Dries all day long

June 24, 2017 One of our favorite times of the year has arrived. Caddis hatches are now in full swing and feeding fish are eager to grab a caddis bouncing about on the surface. And yesterday was the best day of dry fly fishing we have seen yet. All the guides reported...

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...