I booked a trip with Aaron on a river that I had fished several times, but had not done very well on. He did a fantastic job of pointing out little nuances of the system that were not easily recognized. From the moment we got on the water, we were into a plan of action and, subsequently, into fish. Aaron also did a great job of recognizing the change in conditions as the day wore on. These adjustments allowed us to continue the action well into the late morning. Aaron presented himself in a professional manner, had great knowledge of the river we were fishing and I would strongly recommend him to perspective clients.
- Gary M.
My Dad and I have spent a lot of time salt water fishing but this was our first time fly fishing. Aaron was an excellent teacher. He was patient and took his time to teach us how to cast and what to look for on/in the water. The trip was extremely educational and my Dad and I enjoyed it so much that we now own fly fishing gear. We now have a steady mix of salt water fishing and fly fishing and are also looking forward to another great trip up to Maine with Aaron this year!
- Andy T.
I've had the privilege of fishing in some amazing places including, Alaska, Chile, Montana, Washington, and Colorado, to name a few. I've heard stories of the legendary brook trout of the Magalloway River in Maine. Immediately, this river was at the top of my list. I searched high and low for a guide to ensure my best chances of a successful trip. After some research, I came across Vince Mathews.
It's always a gamble hiring a guide. You never know what you're going to get. I've had my fair share of not great guide experiences. I booked Vince for a trip with my wife, who has never really casted a fly rod, for a Memorial Day trip.
With high expectations of catching a native big bad brook trout, and getting my wife her first fish on a fly rod, we set out on the Magalloway. Vince knew everything there was to know about the history of the region, flora and fauna as well as the entomology of the river.
A handful of casts into the trip, my wife puts a beautiful brookie in the back of the net. Two fish for me and it wasn't even close to lunchtime. All of the sudden, my indicator goes down and my 5wt looks like it's about to explode. Reel screaming, Vince gets a glimpse of an VW bus sized, Maine brook trout. My knees are buckling, Vince is nice cool, calm and collected, with the net job. Mission accomplished. Vince has a nice way with people; he had the ability to coach my wife the beginner while giving me many tips to up my game.
Vince wanted to show us a few more places to make the most of our day. Vince put my wife on several fish at the next spot. I started to get a little jealous. I really wanted to get a fish on a dry fly. All of the sudden the hatch turns on and it's one after another. I didn't expect for my first Landlocked Atlantic Salmon to be on a dry fly.
Fishing with Vince was an absolute pleasure. Outside of having a radiant personality, Vince is extremely knowledgeable and more importantly, passionate. It was a pleasure spending our Memorial Day on the river with an Army veteran who far exceeded our expectations. As far as guides go, Vince is of the highest caliber.
- Tom K.
While on vacation in Maine, my wife and I had the pleasure to fly fish with Aaron. Before we arrived in Maine, Aaron and I spoke multiple times regarding the trip and from the first conversation I knew we were in good hands. He settled a lot of my concerns regarding the trip due to the fact that neither of us have fly fished before. We have years of fishing experience but this was a whole new game for us. The drift boat was immaculate and all the gear was provided, including lunch. Aaron's patience, commitment, and knowledge is insurmountable, he had us catching fish in no time. This was an experience that we will not forget. I would recommend fishing with Aaron to any fly fisherman whether they are a novice or an expert. I cant say enough about what a great time we had!
- Dru K.
I fished with Vince in 2016 on Grand Lake Stream, Maine. While summer does not offer the best fishing conditions, Vince worked conscientiously to make sure I caught fish. He was waiting for me at the early morning appointed hour, and we were soon wading and looking for trout. I live on the coast of NC and mostly fish the warm, broad rivers and sounds. When I asked Vince to coach me on casting in this much smaller water, he offered good ideas and encouragement as I tried somewhat different techniques.
Vince provided an excellent picnic lunch in a beautiful setting, and we returned in the afternoon to sample runs and pools in Grand Lake Stream. Throughout the day he was a quiet, helpful, and genial companion, and I look forward to fishing with him again when I return to Maine.
- Bill S.