If our fishing plans were named like hurricanes, we'd be at Zoey right now. We can't get a break with the water levels. Just when we think the rivers are getting back to normal conditions, good ole Mom Nature throws another 2 inches of rain down our throats. But, here we go again. The water is starting to stabilize and just once, we might get to do what we set out to do. In the meantime, we have been entertaining clients the best we can with what we've got. We're being forced to learn some new tricks to fishing in super high water and have been picking up some salmon and brookies in what would normally be considered unfishable water. The smallmouth fishing on the lake has been decent and we've had some great fun with a bunch of parties. Our half day trips kicked off today with the boys catching brook trout, rainbows and smallmouth bass on this morning's trip. Greg is on the Dead today doing a scouting mission, and we all have a few busy days ahead of us. Let's hope the rain takes a break because the caddis are hatching and the fish are ready to go. So, if you haven't booked a trip yet, now's the time. Go Bruins! Chris
Kennebec River Angler's blog
The rain that started on the day of Greg's last trip, didn't stop for 4 days. Maine went from drought conditions to flood stage in that short period of time and we are still waiting for the rivers to drain to normal levels. However, after rescheduling several trips, we were back on the water this Thursday and Friday. Working with less than ideal conditions we still managed to catch fish. The Solon section of the Kennebec was running at 11,000 cfs, which is about twice the level that we consider 'normal'. It was the only show in town and we entertained two parties booked by Kennebec River Outfitters. Bill and Charlie from Unity College fished Thurday and Martin, an Alabama transplant, coming up on Friday. The fishing was a bit limited to throwing big streamers on Thursday, but the water cleared a bit on Friday and some fish started to look up. Martin did a great job working a fussy salmon, finally getting it to hit an EZ caddis and he then dredged up a nice brown with a tungston bead nymph. It's great to be back on the rivers, and both of these parties had nice days despite less-than-ideal fishing conditions.
On 5/27 I met up with Justin Loveitt from South Portland, who was pumped to fish, rain or shine. Booked through our friends at Kennebec River Outfitters, Justin came fully prepared. We dropped into the river and had a great day fishing even with a steady rain throughout the day. The torrent from the night before formed amazing waterfalls from what was normally a trickle, coming off the gorge walls. Justin managed to catch about every species of fish going and he was a great sport in the difficult conditions. Can't wait for the next trip.
Greg and I hosted our first guests of the season yesterday. All caught fish, including a few impressive salmon and an unusual catch for the river, a lake trout. We're not quite sure what that fish was doing way upriver, but it was exciting to see it chase and eat a fly right next to the boat. We managed a few brook trout also. The hatches are just starting to get going, with a few BWO's coming out while it was raining and caddis starting to hatch during the sunny afternoon. Keep checking the site as Greg should be posting his photos soon. Chris