Our first trip of the year is in the books. Between family obligations, poor weather and trying to sell my house, it's been difficult to get on the water. Marc and I made a run up to camp to put in a new window and tie some flies. On the drive up, we saw at least 100 deer and many other animals. As the snow melts, they're looking for forage. They're hungry!
Well, the deer weren't the only ones who were hungry. This fish has been gorging on smelts and he had the belly to prove it. Fishing is still pretty slow, but stick to your basics and look for fishy water. They are there, but they aren't willing to move too far for a fly. A dead drifted streamer or nymph is what they're looking for until the water starts to heat up a little. There are some well-known stages in the coming weeks like smelts and sucker spawn, so don't be afraid to start dialing up those flies a little early!
Time to dust off the gear, clean your fly lines and get your boxes assembled. We don't guide many trips in April, but we always feel that May is an underrated month. You never know what you're going to get for weather, but some of the biggest fish of the season come to play in this month. We have a few weekend dates available, so shoot us an email or give a call if you'd like a shot at some big fish!
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.