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#1 Water Rat

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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:19 PM

Just got back from a couple of days fishing up in the Rangeley area. We fished a ton of water up there, and caught many salmon and brook trout. Hit a total of 6 rivers and one lake, really covered some ground for the brief time we had up there. Most of the fish were small, but we did get into some decent ones. Got broken off several times and cursed my barbless hooks several other times (still barbless BTW ;) ). Had a great time. The weather was a bit hot and sunny for fishing, but we persevered and got into plenty of fish. We saw a pile of wildlife - moose, deer, a bear, more rabbits than I could count, grouse, and chipmunks that swam across streams. I ran into Jim, I think he has been up there more than he has been in Southern Maine lately ;) Always good to see a friendly face in the woods :)

I am tired so I'll keep the story short. Unfortunately I kept forgetting to take pictures, here are a bunch of the ones I did take:

The Journey

Looking a bit soggy on the way up. Glad the first two days are business ;)
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Not a bad truck to be stuck behind, the NH stocking truck
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A great stop along the way
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Almost there
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Why are these guys always going 80 when they are behind me, but go 45 when they are in front of me ??? :wacko:
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The Water

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The Bugs
(some of them...)
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The Fish

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Saw this vehicle out there, a fellow MFF'er, not sure who it was
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The trip home was spectacular through the Mountains
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:24 PM

The vehicle was us!! Nice report!! I think I saw you downstream of us on friday morning.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:39 PM

The vehicle was us!! Nice report!! I think I saw you downstream of us on friday morning.

Wish I had known, I would have said hi. I read your report with the story about the guide, two of the guys I was with had a very similar experience when they walked two miles in and then canoed to a gated area. May have been the same spot. I don't think they were as kind to the guide as you were ;) Guess he thought that gating a road meant he owns the water, they did their best to set that misunderstanding strait. Most guides are not like that, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same guy.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 08:46 PM

Wish I had known, I would have said hi. I read your report with the story about the guide, two of the guys I was with had a very similar experience when they walked two miles in and then canoed to a gated area. May have been the same spot. I don't think they were as kind to the guide as you were ;) Guess he thought that gating a road meant he owns the water, they did their best to set that misunderstanding strait. Most guides are not like that, I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same guy.


We weren't that kind to him and yeah the sense of entitlement he had was crazy. He had some guts to confront a group of 6 guys too, he was definitely trying to scare us off and it didn't work.
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Posted 17 June 2012 - 10:48 PM

I like the looks of that caddis in bug pic #2, were they out in any numbers ? Great job on the photos !

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:07 AM

Congratulations Dave. That is certainly a beautiful area, too bad you had to travel there for business. ;) :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:38 AM

Was the Hex hatch steady?

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 07:39 AM

Great report. Glad you found some nice fish!
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

wow, thats a great report!
I swear the fish was THIS BIG!

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Posted 18 June 2012 - 04:30 PM

Good to see you up there Dave. I was just passing through. There's no fish up there! :rolleyes:



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Posted 18 June 2012 - 08:32 PM

I like the looks of that caddis in bug pic #2, were they out in any numbers ?

The first day we were up there the caddis were thick, but kind of thinned out after that. Seemed there were always some hatching though. I believe the one in the picture is a zebra caddis, it was quite large. I heard they were very thick the week before.

Was the Hex hatch steady?

I didn't see any hex while I was up there. But I only fished rivers. I believe the mayfly in the first bug picture was a march brown, it was quite small - probably a size 16. I had to use the flash as it was fairly dark out which messed with the color a bit, but it was sitting on the water and made for a cool mirror effect. The mayfly in the last bug picture was extremely small, I believe that one was a PMD.
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Posted 18 June 2012 - 09:27 PM

I was up at the #10 Bridge and at Clark's Crossing last Tuesday and managed one salmon and a sucker. Saw lots of other fishermen and they were catching chub only. Glad to see it picked up after that.

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 11:26 AM

Nice water/fish/pics...

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Posted 19 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

Great report Dave. To much water in such a short time. Wish I hadn't been in N.H. this past weekend. Would Have loved to have seen all you guys on the water.

Oh Dave, you really need to get away from following the stocking trucks so much. :huh: ......... :D
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Posted 20 June 2012 - 02:11 PM

I was up there the same time frame:6/9-6/15.Pretty much the same fishing results as you.
And why not?Judging from the pics ,looks like we fished most of the same waters.

Did head down to Errol last Wednesday and when the rain stopped ,the alders were in a bunch of pucker bushes
along the stream Will post up pics when my fishing buds send them to me
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 04:06 PM

Did head down to Errol last Wednesday and when the rain stopped ,the alders were in a bunch of pucker bushes
along the stream Will post up pics when my fishing buds send them to me


Just got back from Errol last night. The alders have been going for over a week now but the heat and sun slowed them and the fish down yesterday afternoon (and probably today too). Hexes are / have been coming off on some local ponds in that area too. I'm tired, sore, sunburned, bug bitten but smiling big time. :)
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 07:44 PM

I'm tired, sore, sunburned, bug bitten but smiling big time. :)


Al, just where did you get bug bitten. :blink: :blink: :blink: ................ :lol:
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:21 PM

Al, just where did you get bug bitten. :blink: :blink: :blink: ................ :lol:

I came in one night we were there with both arms bleeding from the black fly and no see em's. Bug spray is like salt and pepper to them. Tough to drive me off the water when the fish are biting ;)

Oh Dave, you really need to get away from following the stocking trucks so much. :huh: ......... :D

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I was surprised to see that stocking truck up that far north. I passed him before I found out where he was going. Thought I was back in southern Maine for a minute there ;)
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 09:21 PM

amazing photos, and how ironic you saw a fellow mff user!

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 09:52 AM

Al, just where did you get bug bitten. :blink: :blink: :blink: ................ :lol:


I get kicked there but no bugs in my waders. ;)

Nice trip Dave. We went by Cotes several times each day while there; also saw Steve's favorite F&G vehicle making stops off the hwy.

The rivers and lakes in North NH / Western Maine amaze me. I cannot imagine what the area looked like before logging became an industry. As damaging as they were/are to the eco system of those rivers, I am impressed by the effort and manpower undertaken way back then to build those dams and water ways.
Unless, of course, they had help like the Egyptians did building those pyramids from aliens. :blink: :o :wacko: :D
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