Bass Fishing in Maine a great family activity

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Northern Outdoors provides a great location for a family getaway, and Marie,her brothers, aunt, Mom and Dad all flew up from Houston Texas to try out some of Maine's great adventures. Apparently, they had sort of a flight-from-hell to get here, but after a few extra states, a couple spare tires (for the plane) and an added 8 hours of travel they made it safely. We let them sleep in a bit, and then headed out for some smallmouth fishing. We ended up dodging a few mid-day thunder storms by taking shelter in my camp, but ended up having a great day on the water. Maria landed this hefty smallmouth after having a larger one break off. Her dad had a rod explode in two pieces moments later while landing a big bass as well, proving our point that these are some of the toughest fish in Maine. I'll be out there again tomorrow as July is one of the best and busiest months for smallmouth fishing. Chris

Another great day fly fishing in Maine

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Chris from the mid-west vacationed at Northern Outdoors this past weekend and his girlfriend gave him a pass for the day to go fishing in the Gorge. The former Bass Pro Shop employee certainly was a talented and capable fisherman and landed 4 big salmon like the one pictured. We had to start out with nymphs and dredged up quite a few fish before switching over to the stonefly/caddis fly dry combination. After lunch we changed from the fishing raft to the jetboat and did some bass fishing. Chris landed another dozen fish over the afternoon before we called it a day. Eleven and a half hours of fishing in the bright sun had us both beat and sleep came easy that night. Tomorrow is a new day and a bass fishing trip is on the schedule.

Also, the new sign is up and the guide shack is just about finished. Look for us on Route 201 in Caratunk if you are in the area. Chris

Fly fishing in Maine still hot

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I had some old family friends, Shawn and Tom, come up and fish the gorge with me this past Friday. We had great fly fishing in the morning with most fish coming on both big stoneflies and small caddis dry flies. Shawn caught his biggest brook trout of his career, and also landed a big salmon later in the day on the Dead River. Thanks for a great day guys and we'll see you again soon. Chris

Two Thumbs Up

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Ronnie gave his trip with Kennebec River Angler "two thumbs up" after a 1/2 day trip on the Lower Kennebec with his guide Chris Russell.

Family fishing on the Kennebec

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Ron from Rhode Island, along with his son Ronnie and nephew Ray, joined Kennebec River Angler on the lower Kennebec River for a 1/2 day trip June 29th. The rain broke just in time to put in, we ended up with 30-35 fish from 8 to 12:30. After a slow start, things picked up and we ended up catching all kinds of fish. Brook trout, salmon and Smallmouth all made an appearance. We caught 2-3 very large fish which made for a great day.

Return trip a success

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Rick L., a longtime client of our favorite fly shop, Kennebec River Outfitters, returned to fish the Gorge this week and brought his son Trevor along. We were all rigged up for some dry fly action and realized quickly that we'd have to change tactics. Prior to this morning, we'd been doing well with dry flys, but the cooling temps really kept the caddis hatches scarce. So, out came the streamer rods, some ugly, meaty flies and off we went. Rick landed this nice salmon pictured before we even got the anchor wet. The fishing was fast at times and consistant throughout the morning. We did throw some dry flys and managed to tease up a few frisky trout and salmon. After lunch, we went up to the Dead River and Rick landed a 17 inch brook trout in one of the mid-river pools. All in all, a great day. These guys are both extremely talented with fly rods and are a lot of fun to fish with.

Mike and I are guiding a lower river float tomorrow, so we'll report in on that trip shortly.

Chris

Fly Fishing in Maine.....

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Another great day on the Kennebec River. Fish were taking all sorts of offerings, from woolie buggers to stimulators, red copper johns as well as caddis emergers. We caught plenty of 10 to 12 inch fish, both salmon and brookies. We hooked 2 large fish one salmon, one brook trout but couldn't get them to the net. Back out tomorrow, can't wait.