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Fly Fishing from Scratch
Ever Seen a Newbie Fly Fish?
If I’ve figured out one thing over the last couple of years, it’s that fly fishing is a process and a progression that is complex to say the least. But it is in it’s complexity that I find I am both frustrated and fascinated. Here is what I see when watching other fly fishermen…with an effortless cast of the fly rod the fly lands gracefully in the water. They strategically strip in line, the fish gobbles the fly and they set the hook. Methodically they work the fish into the net, carefully re

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Stripers Forever
2017 Striped Bass Quota: Where We Stand, What It Means
The 2017 commercial striped bass season in Massachusetts started on June 26. It is six weeks later on August 8 as I write this brief post and according to Division of Marine Fisheries 49% of the 800K pound quota has been landed. A little perspective as to why that is important.
  • In 2014 (the first year of the changed dates and landings) it took eleven weeks before the quota (1.15M pounds

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Sponsors Fishing Report
2017 has been a great year so far! We have had cool nights and warm days and lots of rain, so the river temps have stay down. The caddis have been coming off with some yellow sallies and some others hatches mixed in. Big stone flies are starting to show with damsel flies, so pretty much any species you are trying to catch is looking up. I hope you get out enjoy the great weather here in Maine.   ! Read More...
Stream and River Waterflows
Stream/RiverDate : TimeFlow
Penobscot Lower W BR, MCKAY STN, Ripo Dam* 08-18 12:04 3028
Allagash River near Allagash 08-18 11:00 350
Fish River near Fort Kent 08-18 11:45 262
St. John R below Fish R @ Ft Kent 08-18 11:30 1440
Grand Lake Stream 08-18 12:00 385
Dennys River at Dennysville 09-30 23:45 1010
Narraguagus River at Cherryfield 08-18 12:00 36
E Branch Penobscot R at Grindstone 08-18 11:30 477
Piscataquis R near Dover-Foxcroft 08-18 11:30 33
Penobscot River at West Enfield 08-18 11:30 3120
Kennebec River @ The Forks 08-18 11:15 3810
Kennebec River at Bingham 08-18 11:15 1860
Androscoggin R at Errol, NH 08-18 11:15 1550
Androscoggin R near Gorham, NH 08-18 11:15 1700
Wild River at Gilead 08-18 11:45 32
Presumpscot River at Westbrook 08-18 11:15 515
Mousam R at Rte 4 near Sanford 08-18 11:45 23
Mousam R near West Kennebunk 08-18 11:45 25
Salmon River, NY at Lighthouse Hill* 08-18 00:01 185

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Streamflow information at this site is provided from data from USGS sites and Dam operators. Maineflyfish.com does not guarantee that this data is accurate or is the latest readings. As always, approach running water with caution. Latest Info:

USGS website | Dam Ops Flow Hotline [1-800-557-3569]

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Sometime Times the Stars Line Up!

Sometime Times the Stars Line Up!
If you ever wanted to try for stripers, this seems to be the year to do it. There are a lot of small fish around which at times can be easier to catch. People are catching them from Kittery up into the Penobscot river. I had blocked out three days to not guide and you guessed it,I went fishing. I called my buddy Jim, who runs Eldredge Bros Fly Shop and James, who is a guide for stripers from Portland south. I told them I wanted to get Jax on stripers. They both didn’t hesitate and said get your butt…

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Hatches
Entomology I
Genesis: 3 foot dragonflies and other hard to cast flies So, you want to learn bugs? A good place to start is at the beginning. Lets start at a place in time before there were fish, much less fishermen. In this time there weren’t even dinosaurs. It was the Age of Insects. In this age, hawk-sized dragonflies chased mayflies sporting wings taller than puppies. Cave children cowered in their shadows. This was a long time ago. . .two to three hundred million years ago to be ex

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