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05-23-2012, 10:50 PM
I haven't posted here in a while, but I still stalk the site and love reading the reports. I've moved from Asheville to outside of Boston, and I'm trying to fish as much as possible.

Just came back from a weekend in Maine and had a great time. Caught a couple of small salmon, lots of brookies, and lots of fun. No big ones, but we did stumble upon a secluded beaver pond, and it was a nice end to the weekend.

It's a huge report with some pics, so here's the whole thing:

Hope to be back in the smokies soon and will always love this forum!

05-24-2012, 05:21 PM
It's the unexpected that always makes the trip........thanks for posting.........:smile:

06-03-2012, 05:16 PM

Wicked Awesome! (A Maine thing to say)

I moved to Sevierville 2 years ago FROM MAINE!

Looks like your photos are from the RANGELEY AREA; not a place I fished very often.... perhaps a hundred times or so over 25 years. Mostly I fished the Kennebec River, the upper Penobscot West Branch, the Roach river in Kakajo and the ponds of the Moosehead Region.

The East Outlet of Moosehead and below the BRASSAU (pronounced brass-way) dam are great for landlocks and brookies.

In Early July Maine Brookie ponds have huge hatches of giant mayflies... HEX. You will want to be there for this hatch.

The good thing about Maine is access to rivers; there is none of the "private property" crap like there is in TN... just fish! A law from 250 years ago makes access no problem.... . it's the right of the people to access water to fish through private property and the large paper companies who own so much land leave it open to the public.

A WORD OF WARNING BROTHER.... BE CAREFUL ON THOSE LOGGING ROADS... BIG TRUCKS ON WEEK DAYS AND ALSO WATCH OUT FOR DOWNED CHAINS AND CABLES! I have been stranded behind cables and chains so bring bolt cutters... essentially you may find that on a friday you enter a timber operation and go fishing.... on the way out they have chained you in for the weekend. This happened to me in 1984 when I first moved to Maine and it was in the Rangeley area.

If you want any intel on fishing (meaning fly) in Maine let me know.

NOW; since you are in Boston.... I would hope you are getting into some fly fishing for striped bass. If you don't get into them you are missing out on an awesome fishery....

Keep us posted. BTW... Evergreen Camps on the Kennebec in Solon Maine is very affordable, you can catch a grand-slam of landlocks, browns rainbows and brookies there in the same day.

06-03-2012, 10:48 PM
Corbo -
My wife and I are big fans of the Acadia area, but I've rarely had the chance to fish during our yearly trips because it was usually a family trip. Now that we are semi-empty nesters I will probably have a better shot of fishing within an hour or two of Ellsworth. One of the streams I would like to fish is the Narraguagus above Cherryfield (AS would be great but any fishing would be fine). But being unfamiliar with the private property issues in that area I have only scouted spots around overpasses.

One of the areas that really intrigued me was through the blueberry barrens in that area. There are all sorts of access points to the river, but you have to drive on private roads that are owned by the blueberry companies. Do you know if they ever allow access to the roads, to get to the stream in those sections?

I had planned on calling the blueberry farms (Jasper Wyman & Son) and seeing if they would allow me to access the stream, but I had no idea of whether they would or not.

Have any good contacts I can call? Any help is greatly appreciated!

06-04-2012, 08:14 AM

Drive anywhere you want in the barrens or anywhere else for that matter and access the river anywhere you want... this is Maine and the big landowners invite the public to enjoy their lands. You will not see posted signs anywhere for the most part. The law is that if land is not posted with signs annually you can freely enter to fish, hunt trap or whatever.

NOW as to Atlantic Salmon.... Sorry Dude but my buddies and me sued the Feds many years ago to enforce the ESA so you cannot target AS on any downeast River. There are likely no AS left on the Narraguagus.

There are some brokie ponds on Acadia but they are marginal. You might try discovering the Moosehead Region, no access issues there either and it's beautiful country.

06-04-2012, 11:15 AM
Sorry Dude but my buddies and me sued the Feds many years ago to enforce the ESA so you cannot target AS on any downeast River. There are likely no AS left on the Narraguagus.

I had heard that about the Narraguagus and AS. I was actually interested in trout through that section. I heard somewhere that it was pretty good fishing for Brookies and since its so close to Acadia, it would be the easiest to get to.

I have fished in a few places on Acadia and I agree, they are very marginal. I've also been up to the Moosehead region a few times, but its 2-3 hrs away and the times of the year we get up there (late may through late june: before tourist season on Acadia), the blackflies are thick as peanut butter...

06-08-2012, 11:15 PM
Wow, Thanks Corbo! It is Rangeley, and I don't know it very well. It's a big change from Western NC to Boston, but I'm getting my feet wet, literally. I'd love to pick your brain on maybe somewhere closer than Rangeley, in Maine, that has good fishing. 5 hours is a haul.

I'm exploring new MA waters to tomorrow, but need to hit Maine again soon. Thanks for the response, always nice to have help from around the country!

06-09-2012, 08:57 PM
I would suggest the Kennebec River from the East Outlet down stream to the Madison area. Bows & browns can be had.Fly Fishing Only Fly Shop is located in Fairfield, ME right on the Kennebec. Mike and his wife are great people.


06-10-2012, 07:54 AM
Kentucky Bill

Mike & Linda are great friends of mine; sadly they closed FLY FISHING ONLY in Fairfield two years ago. They still maintain their website forum though. The Shawmut tailwater at their shop was once awesome but has totally failed in the past several years.

The fishing on the Kennebec is great from Madison Tailwater up to the Mooshead tailwaters.

"Evergreen" Campground in Solon is a great place to stay if you wish to catch lots of fish.

I could not tell anyone what rock to stand on in the Rangeley area as I mostly fished the Kennebec.

By Ellsworth area there are few great trout fishing streams or rivers; you must drive a ways.

If you want to google "grand lake stream" you might want to try it but it's a ride.

Maine fly fishing is not as good as it was ten years ago..... that is one of the reasons I move to eastern TN.

06-10-2012, 07:39 PM

Dang it!, I wasn't aware that FFO had shuttered their doors. I went to their website, and it said they had retired. Mike and Linda are great people. About 3 or 4 years ago, my wife (fishing buddy) & I went to Maine to fish for a week on the Kennebec, and do some sight seeing before the "leaf peapers" decended upon Maine for the fall colors. Mike and Linda made us feel at home, and set us up with a guide named Marshall Demott. Marshall took us up and down the Kennebec chasing trout. We had a blast. The last day, we went to the store to thank them for all of their guidance and assistance. They had just put their Orvis rods on sale, and I picked up a nice 9 ft, 6 wt. mid flex rod at 1/2 price. Nice end to a great trip.


P.S. I hate to see another fly shop close their doors. Its nice to have a fly shop "local" to the area you're going to fish, that knows whats hatching, whats catching, and where to go. I felt that we had that with FFO.

06-11-2012, 07:49 AM

Marshall moved to Florida shortly after your trip; he guides down in the glades for baby tarpon, snook etc. When I first met Marshall he did his trout fishing with an 8 weight and tied the absolute ugliest flies.... we fished together a great many times, eventually he went lighter on the rod. LOL He was a "post movie" guy. after several years he became quite accomplished. Marshall's on Justin worked for me through college.


06-11-2012, 09:14 AM

Marshall moved to Florida shortly after your trip; he guides down in the glades for baby tarpon, snook etc. When I first met Marshall he did his trout fishing with an 8 weight and tied the absolute ugliest flies.... we fished together a great many times, eventually he went lighter on the rod. LOL He was a "post movie" guy. after several years he became quite accomplished. Marshall's on Justin worked for me through college.


Did Marshall move permanently to Florida? When he guided us in late October, He told us that we were his last clients of the season in Maine. And that from November to May he guided in Fl. as you said. In May, he would move back to Maine, and guide up there again.

8 wt for trout? Boy, he must have expected to haul in some heavyweights.


06-12-2012, 07:39 AM
When Marshall first started fly fishing he drove me crazy with his enthusiasm; we became fast friends and he DID fish an 8 weight that someone "custom made" for him.... he would get pissed off at me when I caught too many fish! Finally he broke down and got a lighter rod.

I remember one day when a bunch of us were meeting a brookie pond to fish the late afternoon midge hatch and Marshall insisted I tie on a "new" fly he created (geez do I hate getting flies from newbies) and as he would not get over it I tied it on my point.... It was ugly and poorly made (he didn't tie anything to pattern but created stuff from materials he could scrounge)... well first cast a huge brookie hit it and broke me off... I was pleased as he didn't have another for me to tie on.

Marshall lives in Florida year round but sometimes ventures north to see his grand-kids. I will try to find his web-site for you later.

Mike & Linda now spend a lot of time up at the North-woods camp on a brookie pond; they have been chained to the store for so many years and unabble to go very often... it is for the most part very remote with water access only or by snowmobile in the winter.

Compare to TN rivers the Kennebec is virtually UN-STOCKED; the river above Solon is not stocked at all... the fish density is very low. The area near Mike's fly shop at Shawmut Tailwater was one of the best fisheries for HUGE browns until about four years ago when it totally collapsed... nobody knows why for certain but it killed traffic to FFO so Mike retired... he still owns the building though if you want to open a shop in Maine.

I really miss the Kennebec.... it's a long story... perhaps WE fish it together some time after I am rich again and can afford to travel home.

06-12-2012, 08:41 AM

Thanks for the update. I wondered what ever happened to Marshall, and if we went back to Maine, would he still be able to guide us.

Glad that Mike & Linda have the time now to enjoy themselves. They worked hard for years with the fly shop, they deserve to have fun. Sounds like they are up near the Rangley area. I wish them well.

We moved to the Dallas area about a year ago. I still miss the E. TN. tailwaters. In five hours from Louisville, we could be standing in a cold water stream or tailwater flinging flies, and chasing trout in the SoHo, Watauga, Clinch, Holston, etc. You're fortunate to be close to E. Tn., go chase the trout for me. I'll be there in spirit.


06-12-2012, 10:03 AM
Well Bill

I understand your pain... I wanted to move South BUT still enjoy trout fishing with flies and THIS is as good as it gets! In Maine they are only now getting started fly fishing most years.... here I can enjoy the rivers all year round.

06-13-2012, 08:36 AM
Here you go Bill Marshall's Florida guide site... perhaps he can hook you up in the salt some time.


Many of my friends have purchased trailers in the same community as Marshall and they fish all winter together.

06-13-2012, 10:21 AM

Thank you so very much. We get down to Fla. now & then. I'll have to give Marshall a shout next time we're headed that way.

Thanks again.:biggrin:


06-13-2012, 09:46 PM
If any of you ever plan to fish in Maine let me know as I'd be pleased to point you in the right direction.

The in-shore striper fishing with fly tackle was awesome until about 2005 then it mysteriously collapsed with very few fish migrating much above Boston area.... I have heard the stripers are once again roaming the Maine Coast and swimming up the rivers... They are a serious good time on fly tackle and there are many awesome coastal guides who will put you on fish busting top water. So if you are "stuck" visiting the coast and have no time to travel inland to great trout water give the salt a try.