The sucker spawn is over in the mountains, but fish are sloooooowly transitioning to looking up. Nymphs are the game right now, and being at the bottom of the water column will keep you hooked up. We've been loving pheasant tails, stonefly imitations and small bwo nymphs. Hendrickson hatches are sporadic, and the fish will come up for them, but not as willingly as normal. It's been a strange, late year and the fish seem to be taking their time. Any day now, hendrickson dry patterns will be a good bet with caddis dries not far behind. Drop a small emerger off of there and fish pockets that look fishy. The later part of June and into July are looking sweet, so get out there and tie strong knots!!
We've had a great past two weeks in Rangeley. Spring came late, but the suckers came and are pretty much done doing their thing at this point. We've seen Hendricksons on the water that past few days on the Rapid River. Fish are in the rivers, and they're also starting to look up. The usual nymphs will start working, and having an emerging pattern on your nymph rig or your dry fly as a dropper will work great for you in the coming weeks. We have some trip dates now in July, but June is pretty much booked up. We do have some smallmouth trips available in the Portland area. It's time for topwater smallmouth fishing, which you can't beat. Enjoy some of our pictures of Rangeley from the past couple of weekends!
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.