The weekly report is a few days late due to Easter weekend. Southern Maine rivers are still currently mostly blown out due to run off or dam releases. I drove by the Upper Andro today and it was ripping. I'm hoping these big rivers come down in the next two weeks, but I think that's wishful thinking.
I finally "Headed North" and although it was snowing when I got to the river, it just felt right. Water temps were extremely cold in the mid 30's and air temps didn't hit 40 degrees until later in the afternoon. The fish are not willing to move much and need their food delivered pretty much right into their mouth. It reminds me of when you're being extremely lazy and don't want to get off the couch, even though you're hungry. They just don't want to work for their food until they become less lethargic.
With that being said, it was nice to locate some brookies that were willing to eat. Nymphs and streamers both caught fish today. Don't be afraid to try something out of the norm this time of the year. The 2017 skunk is off. It was refreshing to be in a quiet, beautiful fishing spot with some fish that were willing to play. It's about time!!
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.