It's been real hot and dry the past few weeks here in Midcoast Maine. The rivers are extremely low which means trout fishing is out of the picture until we get some good rain. However, a guy's got to fish, right? So on Saturday I went to a nearby pond with the intention to catch some big bass. Instead, I caught a mini-pike, aka a chain pickerel. I'd say it weighed about 2.5- to 3 pounds measured around inches.
Wild trout water more beautiful than northern Maine's Big Reed Pond doesn't exist. It is embraced by one of the few remaining old-growth forests in the East. It is one of about 307 lakes in the nation (305 in Maine) that still sustain native brook trout undefiled by hatchery genes and one of only 14
Many fly-fishing trips or at least the most memorable involve planes, trains and automobiles. The books that make the travel time move faster are found here.
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