Fishing Reports

Brown trout bite is on! Salmon, bows and brookies too!

We've been putting in a lot of hours on the water searching for wild and holdover browns. We are beginning to see more activity with water temps rising into the high 40's. With rain in the forecast flows should be favorable for at least another week. 

Bill Thompson with an early season Saco brown.

Bill Thompson with an early season Saco brown.

We've been experimenting with different flies and techniques and we really started cracking the code this week. Of course hunting big browns is never a numbers game and we are always happy if we get one or two fish to the boat. The excitement that comes with seeing a golden ghost materialize out of the depths to engulf a big streamer is hard to put into word. Every time I close my eyes I'm replaying every predatory attack I've seen over the past week. 

Guide Nate Hill with a text book Saco brown. 

Guide Nate Hill with a text book Saco brown. 

If you are interested in pursuing these Alpha fish do give us a call. We have some dates available over the next few weeks. 

Nate displaying another brown caught by Bill Thompson. Had a great visual eat with this fish! 

Nate displaying another brown caught by Bill Thompson. Had a great visual eat with this fish! 

Aside from hunting brown trout we've also been finding good pushes of lake run rainbow trout and landlocked salmon. These fish will be around longer than usual in areas where anglers do not keep too many fish. We've been disappointed to see even some fly anglers killing these early season trout. This is a unique early season resource that has the potential of providing wade angling during a time of the year when many rivers are too high to fish. Let's conserve this resource as best we can! 

A lake run landlocked salmon. These fish will be active as long as waters remain high and cold. 

A lake run landlocked salmon. These fish will be active as long as waters remain high and cold. 

A lake run rainbow...these fish are almost always holdovers and average 17" in length with fish over 20" not uncommon. 

A lake run rainbow...these fish are almost always holdovers and average 17" in length with fish over 20" not uncommon. 

Last but not least the brook trout fishing has been good to great as of late. Both stocked and un-stocked wild trout ponds should be fishing well as of this writing. We had the pleasure of guiding Client Andre on one of our local trout ponds last week. Andre has been fishing this pond for almost 50 years but has been unable to fish his favorite pond in recent years due to lack of mobility. We were happy to help Andre fish...and catch again! 

One of Andre's many brook trout. 

One of Andre's many brook trout. 

Our wild brook trout streams are also turning on. With plenty of water these fish should be healthy and fat this spring. We've begun to see some sporadic hatches of caddis and mayflies which should increase as we get warmer days. Dry fly fishing will be upon us before long! If you are looking to get on the water over the next few weeks we have dates available. Please contact us asap! 

Early season wild brook trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph. 

Early season wild brook trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph. 

Tight lines,

Nate