Fly Fishing Tips for AMC Maine Wilderness Lodges - Match the Hatch
Note: tips on hatch timing and fly selection come from AMC Registered Maine Guides.
Open water fishing season in our neck of the woods runs from April 1st to September 30th. AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges(MWL) opens for the season in early May. Fast fishing for wild brook trout is the draw at First and Second Little Lyford Ponds (location of Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins), while Long Pond (location of Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins) features wild brook trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon. Angles will also find great opportunities on any number of the remote ponds that dot AMC property.
Hatch timing varies from year to year and depends on many different factors. We recommend checking out one of the many hatch guides available.
From early May through the middle of June, March Brown nymphs and dry flies are the angler's choice on the smaller ponds, while Grey Ghost streamers or other smelt imitators are good options on the larger ponds. Caddis flies and Wood Special are some favorites among local anglers.
Early July brings the hexagenia (green drake) hatch, which typically brings heavy action and large fish at twilight. This is a good time for anglers to utilize the many recreational activities MWL has to offer during the day and get onto the water in the evening for some exciting fishing action.
Mid-to late September is a great time for fly fishing in Maine. This biting insects have subsided, the temperatures are mild, and the brook trout are especially brilliant in their fall spawning colors.
Look for brook trout that run from 6 to 18 inches, with an average of 9-13 inches. Lake trout (togue) and landlocked salmon from 10 to 24 inches, some weighing 5 pounds or more, can be caught in the larger ponds.
A well-stocked fly box for anglers visiting the AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges should include some or all the following flies:
Photo by Dennis Welsh