01/16/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges




Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 3

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Dog River Vermont
At one time, the Dog River was considered the best brown trout stream in Vermont.
Then the population declined. I'm not sure they ever figured out exactly why but
they did place catch and release restrictions on the stream. One problem with this
stream is the fact it flows through some populated areas. The brown trout are wild,
beautiful trout. The river also has rainbows that are stocked with some holdovers
and wild brook trout. I'm afraid to rate the stream because I'm not sure of the current
population. The catch and release rules were put into effect in 2010. I hope that
helps return the brown trout population to the once high level.

Kennebago River Maine:
The Kennebago River is known for its dry fly fishing for big brook trout. They
average about two pounds and run from that up to five pounds. This stream is for
the serious angler. You must put forth some effort to reach its best waters. There's
very little easy access. It's located near Rangley Maine in remote, wild territory near
Quebec. There are camps along the river and they have access but if your not
staying at one of them, you will have to hike a good ways to fish the best waters.

The Kennebago also has some very good landlocked salmon fishing as well as
some brown trout. It's a top rated Maine stream with great fishing. It's only problem
is difficult access. It would be considered a destination blue-ribbon stream for those
serious anglers that are willing to put forth the effort necessary to reach its better
waters. I'll give it an "A minus".

Kennebec River Maine:
It's easy to get the Kennebago and the Kennebec rivers mixed up by name if your
not familiar with them,  but you won't get them mixed up once you see them. The
Kennebec River is a big River that is actually a series of tailwaters. It's about 150
miles long. It starts out at Moosehead Lake from two different dams on the lake and
the tailwaters they create combine and go through some more lakes and dams. The
river is very diverse and very different depending on where you are.

It has excellent salmon fishing and trout fishing. The wild trout fishing in the river in
the Upper Kennebec River Valley is top notch. The trout are wild and the river is
beautiful. They can grow big. There was a 31 inch wild rainbow caught in the
Kennebec River at one time. Most of the rainbows are 12 to 16 inches with plenty of
them even larger. There's also plenty of large brown trout. It all depends on where
or which dam you are fishing below. Trout are stocked in many sections of the river.
Those above Salon are wild trout. This is a "B plus" stream in my opinion. If it were
not for the fact many parts of the river needs to have supplemental stocking, I would
rate it higher.

Penobscot River Maine:
The Penobscot River is much larger than the Kennebec River and the state of
Maine's largest River. It's about 350 miles long and is as diverse as a river can get.
Like most of Maine's rivers, you would best describe it as a series of tailwaters. This
river has wild landlocked salmon and brook trout. The West Branch of the
Penobscot is one of the very best landlocked salmon fisheries in the country.
Like most of the other Maine streams that's in essence a series of tailwaters, the
fishing varies greatly depending on which particular tailwater you are fishing and the
discharges occurring at the time.

Much of this river flows through remote, rugged country that is very beautiful. The
water varies drastically from long, deep slow moving pools to rapids. Many sections
have beautiful runs and riffles. It's a big river. This one if a tough one to rate
because of its diversity and differences at various locations. I would average it out
as a good "B plus" stream.

Other Northern New England Streams:
We have other Vermont and New Hampshire streams on the stream section of our
Perfect Fly site as well as some I just haven't gotten around to writing about yet. I
did cover most of the better ones. There's many streams in New Hampshire and
Vermont that range from put-n-take, stocked streams up to streams that have good
numbers of wild trout but that also need supplemental stocked trout. Quite frankly,
Maine has both Vermont and New Hampshire beat but it's a much larger, far more
remote section of the country.

Tomorrow, I will get to another great Maine stream and some of the Southern New
England trout streams.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh