Watch Video:Maine Fly Fishing
Maine is a fly fishing paradise. With over 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6000 lakes and ponds, and over 5500 miles of coastline the opportunities available for all fisherman are endless. What about species to fish for? Well…within one fishing season it would be possible to catch Native Brook Trout, Landlocked Salmon, giant Bluefin Tuna, Pike, Striped Bass, Wild Rainbow Trout, Largemouth Bass, Muskie, the rare and elusive Blueback Trout, Smallmouth Bass, Bluefish, Bluegill, Brown Trout, and Sharks. Just to name a few. I like the fact that in a single day you can catch Striped Bass on beautiful saltwater sand flats all morning, and fish an evening hatch for native Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon on a river or pond in the Great North Woods. I’ve even enjoyed grilled Bluefin Tuna steaks over a campfire after an evening of salmon fishing on the West Branch of the Penobscot Riverver, from a fellow angler that caught the Tuna that morning. This must be why Maine promotes itself as “The way life should be”. And this is what I love about fly fishing in Maine. I love driving the endless network of dusty roads, dodging overloaded logging trucks making their way to the Mill, as I make my way to a glass calm trout pond in hopes of seeing the Hex hatch materialize. Or firing a cast into a pod of Stripers in the fall as they herd and drive bait along the rocky shoreline just knowing that I’ll hook up. Being in the midst of a blizzard like caddis hatch on the West Branch of the Penobscot when it seems almost impossible that a fish will find you fly amidst the naturals til you feel that tug. Chugging a deer hair popper along a log in crystal clear water and seeing a smallmouth bass come up and just destroy it. Stopping at virtually any corner store in Maine and buying pizza buy the slice and a single cold beer on a really hot day. Wanting to catch Blue Fin Tuna, but looking back and realizing that seeing whales, seals, and hundreds of dolphins was pretty epic as well. Fishing in the company of friends, new and old and always learning something new, while laughing and sharing the experience. Falling asleep next to a crackling fire in my camp chair after a long day on the water, and waking up with the sun. Running rapids just to get to that deep dark pool that I know has some monster salmon in it. Having a wild Rainbow trout sip a tiny dry fly and take me into the backing. Hooking my first landlocked Salmon of the year at ice out which reminds me .. Spring, in Maine, is here. Time to fish.