Spring has come early this year. Everything seems to be about a week or two ahead of schedule. Today, I went looking for holdover browns on a southern Maine river. Vince was trolling for brookies on a southern Maine pond. The fishing is starting to get really good. If you haven't already, dust off the gear and get out there!
Sometimes guides need to get out and have some fun. After all, part of our job is "scouting" and checking in on our favorite spots. It's still early, but we managed to pull in some large brook trout on one of our northern Maine rivers. Temps are cold, snow was still on the ground and small nymphs were the ticket. It won't be long before smelt are invading the rivers up that way and things really start to heat up!
One of the most rewarding things about these trips is catching fish on flies that we tie during the winter when we're dreaming about days like this!
It always amazes us that some of our home waters can hold brook trout that would receive a pat on the back in places like Labrador. We still have some openings for May and this can be a great time to get into some trophy brook trout.
We were finally able to get up to some of favorite waters this past weekend. The fishing is still a little slow, but once temperatures start creeping up the fish will be more active. The north country could look totally different a week from now. There was still snow on the ground today!
Before the state fisheries start stocking trout in our waters, it can be difficult to get into the holdover fish due to tough weather conditions, cold water and lack of bug activity.
Vince was able to get out yesterday and do a little scouting in Southern Maine. He fished buggers and nymphs as it was pretty windy and cold. Buggers are a great "go-to" fly this time of the year. He managed to bring one nice brown trout to hand on a river that is yet to be stocked. We offer a special trip during the week in Southern Maine for a discounted price. Give us a call if you'd like to learn some of these "closer to home" waters!
Aaron Broaddus is a Registered Maine Fishing Guide with Headin' North Guide Service. Aaron specializes in fly fishing in the Western and Southern sections of Maine.