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.

Fishing Update 6/28/11

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I had a great day of smallmouth fishing with a family from Indiana. The photo is of Brighton and his biggest smallmouth. Brighton's dream job is to be a fishing guide. After a frustrating morning of losing his first few fish, he was rethinking his career choice. He came back strong after lunch and caught his biggest fish on a grub off a lone rock on a flat. He even drove the boat back to the landing for us. He and his family are off to the coast to give our striper fishing a try.

Chris

When a dead drift doesn't work

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Skittering caddis

Can't get those pesky fish to come up for your perfectly presented fly, you know, great cast just upstream of the rise, no drag on the fly because of a great mend followed by nothing. Here's what you can try. For a fish you know is there, ie. he's rising and you are in the right location....land the fly 6 feet upstream and just about a foot above where it's been showing, just slightly wiggle your rod tip to get the fly to move ever so slightly. Hold on, because that little bit of motion can trigger a crushing strike. For just prospecting a run with a caddis dry, let the fly drift through the whole run and as it's reaching the end of the drift, lift your rod tip up and give it the same little wiggle. This will send your fly skittering on the surface, creating a little commotion and imparting a little life to your fly. If you sit there and watch caddis, they are never settled down to the point of just riding the current. These are busy little insects, and your fly may be better off dancing around a bit. Try it out and let us know how it works for you.

Chris

Fishing Report From Chris

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Fishing Report from Chris
I’ve had a couple busy weeks, and some great fishing to show for it. We’ve been busy servicing anglers booked through our favorite fly shop, Kennebec River Outfitters and a local adventure resort, Northern Outdoors. We’ve covered just about every piece of water we guide on and all are fishing very well, weather permitting. The one tough day was on the Solon section with winds blowing 30 – 40 miles an hour, hard to get a good drift on your dry in those conditions.

Kennebec River is fishing extremely well

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Kennebec River angler guides and their guests had a great weekend fishing. We spent Sunday and Monday in the Kennebec River Gorge, Fly fishing. Both days produced good size brookies and salmon. Salmon seemed to be a bit more abundant on Sunday. The hatches were light, olive caddis, green apple caddis both made an appearence. We had great luck with the old standby, green woolie buggers. We also did well with stimulator up front, small caddis emerger as a trailer. Andre's Run was on FIRE, we landed 8 good size fish in less than 15 miunutes. Salmon were practically jumping in the boat. Overall a great couple of days. That's why we continue to say the KENNEBEC RIVER continues to be one of THE BEST FISHERIES in MAINE

kennebec fishing trip 6/04/11

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Mike,

Thanks for sending along the photos...you got some really great shots! More importantly, thank you for making our trip unforgettable. We had such a terrific day out on the water and it wouldn't have been the same without you...I'm excited to have caught a nice little brookie but I'll work on upping my numbers for next time! Have a great weekend and we'll let you know next time we're up for a visit.

Best,
Maria