Fishing is getting hot! Trout, salmon and bass are all starting to look up. If you're in the Western Mountains, caddis, caddis, caddis. Dark brown bodied Elk Hair Caddis and Green Caddis Larva nymphs have been the ticket. There are still some Hendricksons hanging around, but I can't imagine they will stay much longer up there. Onto the Light Cahills next, but you'll find us fishing caddis. Love this time of year!
Bass fishing is the same, but not quite looking up yet. Any day now that will change, especially with these hot temps. We're going to be doing some bass fishing in Southern Maine this week, so I'll put a report out later this week. Clousers and Woolly Buggers will get the job done. Fish 'em slow and set the hook! Get your poppers ready... it won't be long!
All of the pics below are from a couple of guide fish days. Fun to get out with the boys and do what we do!
I'm pretty sure that I don't even need to post a report with words in it. The picture above sums it all up. This is what fishing is all about. As our kids get older, it makes me think of the little things when I'm on the water. Do everything possible to conserve these waters so that our kids can enjoy the same splendors that we have. Crimp the barbs, stuff excess tippet in your vest, put fish back quickly, etc. These are all small things that we can do that will have a big impact on our waters.
We've mainly been in the North country as fishing has been awesome. Hendricksons are still hanging around, black caddis are on top and green caddis larva are starting to pop on the riverbeds. There doesn't seem to just be one fly that is working, which can be rewarding or frustrating. The beauty of this time of year is that if all you want to fish is dries and emergers, you have that option most days right now. If you want to nymph and chuck streamers, you can do that as well. There are lots of options right now! Take advantage of the nice weather on the horizon and get your ass out there!!
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.