Fly Fishing in Maine
Fly fishing in Maine provides ample opportunities for both serious and casual anglers. Located in the northeastern region of the United States, Maine has a very unique geography and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to both the East and the South. The state has over 32,000 miles of rivers and streams and over 6,000 lakes and ponds brimming with salmon, bass, and trout.
Fly fishing in Maine offers anglers more wild brook trout than all other eastern states combined. The state manages one thousand wild Brook Trout ponds to sustain populations, and to maintain high catch rates. Maine is also the only state outside of Alaska with landlocked Arctic Char.
The region is also home to cold water game fish including Brown Trout, Lake Trout, Landlocked Salmon, Splake, Rainbow Trout, Crusk, Rainbow Smelt, Lake Whitefish and Round Whitefish. Warm water game fish include Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Muskellunge, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Pumpkinseed Sunfish, and Redbreast Sunfish.
In the Rangeley River, you’ll find an extended fishing season until October (catch and release) with lots of Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout.
Major rivers in Maine include the Androscoggin River, Kennebec River, Penobscot River, and the St. John River. If you’re looking for something smaller, try fishing the Rangeley River, Rapid, Magalloway, South Branch Dead River, Cupsuptic, Kennebago and Sandy. These rivers have a good stock of Landlocked Salmon, Brown Trout, Brook Trout and many offer an extended fishing season.
The scenic Magalloway River is home to wild Brook Trout and wild Landlocked Salmon, with many walk-in access points down stream of the Aziscohos Dam. At the Upper Dam Pool, you’ll find trophy-sized Landlocked Salmon and Brook Trout, with an extended season (October catch and release) and a plaque created in honor of the legendary angler, Carrie Stevens.
Carrie Stevens, creator of the “Grey Ghost,” and dozens of the most effective and well-known streamer patterns, hailed from Maine and has been named one of the parents of streamer fly fishing. In 1924, Stevens used the Grey Ghost to catch a 6lb 13oz Brook Trout, landing her the top spot in Field & Stream magazine’s annual fishing competition and transforming Stevens into an overnight fly fishing celebrity.
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