Trout Streams of Northern New England: A Guide to the Best Fly-Fishing in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, First Edition


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We offer outstanding fly fishing for Maine’s four major cold water fish species right from our doorstep. Acrobatic land locked salmon, rugged brown trout, frisky rainbow trout, and the legendary brook trout abound in the Upper Kennebec Watershed.

All workshops include indoor lessons on flies, rods, and knots, and outdoor sessions on handling and casting, as well as an afternoon of guided fly fishing on our 70,000 acres of conservation lands. Scheduled during the peak season of fly fishing in Maine, AMC's Fly Fishing Workshops are excellent ways to experience the sport in a beautiful, peaceful setting.

Fly fishing trips in Maine on the Kennebec River and Casco Bay.

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Fly Fishing in Maine and particularly the Moosehead Lake Region is a unique experience. The Maine Guide Fly Shop & Guide Service is a full service Orvis Dealer catering to the needs of the modern fisherman. If you are just starting we can help you tremendously. If you are a seasoned veteran we have everything to fill your gear list.

You will find our staff extremely knowledgeable and eager to help you in any way we can. After all we have been "Serving the Serious Fisherman" for 25 years. Our On-Line Mail Order Catalog boasts one of the best selection of flies anywhere, from beadhead nymphs, tandem trolling and casting streamers, traditional dries, drakes, and a lots more plus a great line of fly tying materials. We are your Maine connection for Orvis rods, which include the award winning Helios and Hydros rods plus their full line of Battenkill reels.

While fly fishing in Maine you may want to spend some time with one of our Registered Maine Guides. We can't say enough about our staff of guides. They have all been with us for years and know their stuff. Our guide service offers drift boat trips on the Kennebec & Penobscot Rivers for landlocked salmon, float tubing the many remote ponds for wild brook trout, plus great bugging for very large smallmouth bass.
Click, Here, to See our Guide Service Videos! They include information about our drift boat trips on the West Branch of the Penobscot River, smallmouth bass fishing on Indian Pond, the East Outlet of the Kennebec River overnight trips, and the Fox Hole Trip.


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Peak season for fly fishing in the Maine Woods is during the cooler days of May, June, and September. Fly rods may be rented by guests at Gorman Chairback Lodge and Little Lyford Lodge at the rate of $25/day or $25/program for workshop participants. Please make this request when making your lodging reservation.

Some of the most exciting fly fishing in Maine can be found on this majestic river running through central south of the state. In particular, the west branch of the Penobscot offers 11 miles from Ripogenus Dam to the Abol Bridge where some serious entertainment can be found. This stretch has everything – fast rapids, deep pools, long, bubbling runs, as well as a very happy and healthy population of brook trout and wild, landlocked salmon. While the rapids and surprisingly deep pools certainly make the fishing exciting, they mean that wading this river is virtually impossible, and the best way to fish the west branch of the Penboscot is from a driftboat or inflatable raft. Although fishing on the Penobscot is permitted after April 1st, better results are generally seen later in the season, as the water temperature starts to warm up a little. That said, early season fishing on the Penboscot can be exciting, and you never know when you’ll feel the hit of a big salmon that’s just found its appetite after a long winter.