We generally start trips in Late May and run through late July up in the Rangeley region for trout and landlocked salmon, but this year we got an early start due to very, very early ice out and continued drought from last fall. Our season ran through late JUNE this year, and we cancelled all trips in July for trout. I started taking on more smallmouth bass trips than I have in the past, and even that has been difficult with the very low flows this summer. I had a blast guiding many repeat clients and met some really awesome new folks as well. The fisheries in Rangeley have been getting hit hard since the beginning of the pandemic due to increased angler pressure and the Western Maine drought, but numbers of fish were par for the course this year. In June, clients put over 40 brook trout and salmon between 16"-20" in the net, all released safely back to their homes.
I'm looking forward to cooler nights and hopefully LOTS of rain this fall to help get our fisheries back in good shape. Unfortunately, I'm all booked up for this fall and I've started taking trip dates for next spring. If you're looking to get out with me, I'm very big on teaching folks over all skill levels and ages new tools to put in their toolbox. It's always fun to hunt for big fish, but I really work hard to make sure people leave the day with new techniques, confidence and memories for those cold winter nights when we're all dreaming about trout fishing. Make sure to get out this fall and have fun!!
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.