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  2. TightLinesMaine

    Rain always helps

    great report. beautiful brookies, love the underwater shots. That river with the steep walls looks intriguing.
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  4. LaBonte207

    Rapid Stream

    Not sure, you should go out and try fishing it! Exploration is the best way to get to know a system! Streams are pretty low and really warm, I imagine rapid stream is no different. If the water temp is above 60-65F, you're better off not fishing it. Fish stress threshold is much lower in these warmer months. With that being said, get out there and good luck!
  5. amg800

    Rapid Stream

    Has anyone fished Rapid Stream in Kingfield? Success? Time of year?
  6. amg800

    Rain always helps

    Great pictures.
  7. plecain

    Rain always helps

    It rained most of the day Tuesday in the mountains. On Wednesday, I went to see if the rain had improved things. It has, a little. Rain from thunderstorms runs off fast. All the streams I visited were up over a few days before, but not hugely up. Temps were good. I fished three streams. All were in the 61° to 63° range. The first place was a stocked stream. All stocked browns like this. About a 1/2 hour after I started fishing some others showed up just as I hooked a couple fish. That convinced them to stay, I think. The car had FL plates. Two fly guys and a kid with a spinning rod. I wasn't intending to spend much time there anyway, so on to the next place. The second place I went isn't stocked, has never been stocked, and is higher up. There's a trail to get to it, but that trail took a beating last October. In some places the trail is just gone, like here: In others there's a 3-foot-deep channel down the center of the trail for 100 feet or more. This is one of the undamaged parts of the trail. It's not a great trail. I walked in 3/4 mile to where the trail meets the river here: This is a river with a big riverbed and not much water at this time of year. The river runs in a canyon with unclimbable walls for over a mile upstream from where I entered it. You can see the walls in the pictures. In some places they're 70-80 feet tall. So, either you have to backtrack to the entry point to get out or fish the whole river to where the canyon ends. I fished the whole way. In the 'fishing as exercise' thread I talked about tracking how far you go fishing. In this case, by the time I got back to my car my tracking app said I'd walked 4.1 miles, climbing (and descending) 540 feet. The fish are the ones I expect here, 5-10 inch brookies, almost all looking well-fed. Good numbers. Not 'fish on every cast', but still good fishing. Finally, a third place. Another never-been-stocked stream. More brookies, but a little smaller overall than the stream above. The tails on some of these wild fish are almost transparent. You can see most of my shirt through this one's tail. Then this, a fish that shouldn't be here. This river flows into another river where these are stocked. That's surely where it came from. But, there are more barriers between here and there than I'd think they could get past. Not huge barriers, but waterfalls 5-6 feet high. The stocking season for these browns was only in June. Unless this is a holdover from last year, it hasn't had any high water to help it get upstream. It's here. It got here on its own most likely. Nice surprise.
  8. Kevin McKay

    Ralph is back

    Last day
  9. heywoodmr

    Warning on water temp

    Dummerston. Mostly fished central and southern part of the state. Need to do a Vermont fishing trip one of these years it's been a while.
  10. Kevin McKay

    Ralph is back

  11. simke

    Jurassic pond

    Now that's a real fishing trip. Looks awesome
  12. Seamonkey84

    Warning on water temp

    When it gets too warm for most streams and rivers, I switch to sunfish and bass with poppers and WBs. I feel that inch for inch, sunfish fight as hard if not harder than trout. They are under appreciated or even thought of as trash here in Maine, but they are an absolute blast with a fly rod. Plus you almost always get some bass and pickerel mixed in. It’s a lot more fun being able to cast and actively fish than to troll with sinking line and leadcore.
  13. arrowflinger

    Sunday/Monday 7/22,23

    Sleeping in Mal?
  14. arrowflinger

    Warning on water temp

    I fished all summer long too or used too. It was just a general warning. We have had little to no rain for about 2 weeks. We had 4-5 days of over 90 deg. Weather. That is unheard of for us. Other parts of the state have had a bit more. One weather guy said today we would need 2.5” to get back to where we should be. if you don’t mind me asking were did you grow up?
  15. Sflagg91

    Warning on water temp

    Plenty of 'cold' water at the higher elevations in the white mountains. I even know of a few southern NH lowland streams that are still running below 65 degrees. That being said everywhere else is in bad shape. Even our 2 acre spring fed pond is struggling, usually that has water around 65 degrees about 5 feet down but with the recent heat wave those springs are hard pressed to keep up. It'll be interesting to see how our trout have managed this fall. I fully agree with the statement about carrying a thermometer, especially in the summer. I guess we're up for another hot and muggy week next week.
  16. searsportshuffle

    Anchor bag for Canoe?

    Been using that method for ever .. So many benefits only time I had issues was trying to find rocks in a reedy, marshy area. I carry enough fly gear without wanting to add a true anchor to the gear pile
  17. Upperandy

    Sunday/Monday 7/22,23

    I could do that if you're talking Monday AM. I'll PM you tomorrow. Thanks for the opportunity.
  18. heywoodmr

    Warning on water temp

    Grew up in Vermont. Used to fish all through the summer months for trout. Guess things are changing. Was this a state wide warning?
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  20. PFFlyer

    Anchor bag for Canoe?

    A good lobster guy knits his own bags, stop by a wharf.
  21. Mainiac

    Sunday/Monday 7/22,23

    Like 0400.
  22. plecain

    TFO BVK Blanks

    Just got an email from Mudhole. They have TFO Finesse blanks for $65. Looks like they still have a pretty good selection. They also have BVK blanks for $98.
  23. speedo

    Anchor bag for Canoe?

    I think i will try to stop at Hamiltons marine next week! Lobster bait bag looks like a good option and cheap hope they have some singles!. Always can use a back up ! Thanks for lead!
  24. caught_the_fever

    Sunday/Monday 7/22,23

    Mal - let me see if I can get a permission slip. Little lady mentioned doing a couples thing to Yarmouth Clam Festival but in my mind that was not set in stone. By early, you mean like 60 minutes prior to low tide?
  25. plecain

    Warning on water temp

    I was in the mountains yesterday after Tuesday's rains. Fished three places, all in the 61°-63° range. As tightlinesmaine says, you should always have a thermometer with you when the water starts to warm up.
  26. TightLinesMaine

    Warning on water temp

    any summer trout angler should carry a stream thermometer with them. there are still quite a few streams in the low to mid 60s (maybe even high 50*s if you go high elevation) if you know where to look. that being said I haven't fished for trout in weeks, southern maine is in bad shape for water levels.
  27. arrowflinger

    Warning on water temp

    Last night on the local news the Vermont fish and game biologists was warning of the dangers of fishing for trout. They recommend fishing for warm water species. I can’t ever remember them doing that before. Rivers are VERY low and warm. I am starting to go a little crazy no being able to fish.
  28. Tim D

    Sunday/Monday 7/22,23

    I'm in.
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