The crazed anglers and Maine Guides in our fishing department are out on the water all the time, and we know where the fish are. And whether it’s fly or spin gear, we have rods, reels, lines, flies, lures, waders, vests and lots more. There’s even a pond on our property where you can try out a rod. We also have a great selection of fly tying tools and materials. We offer American-made products from Simms, Ross, Rio, HMH, St. Croix, Wolf Moon nets and Mr. Ed’s Flies, as well as Echo rods, Umpqua and Solitude flies, Patagonia, Shimano, Penn, and Yamamoto, among others. Finally, we offer fly casting clinics and fly tying classes.
RECURRING FISHING EVENT: Megunticook Morning Meet-up (aka “float tube hatch fishing club”).
TIME: 5:50 – 6:00 AM set up; 6:00 – 7:00 AM fishing; 7:00 – 7:10 break down; however, folks who want to stay and fish later into the day are encouraged to do so and to share their stories, pics and vids, of course.
PLACE: Barrett’s Cove Beach / Rte. 52 boat ramp area on Megunticook Lake in Camden
CONTACT INFO: Seth Taylor — 207-691-4252 — text to confirm or with any questions
UPCOMING DATES: Wednesday, October 16 (more to follow soon)
GEAR RECOMMENDATIONS: Float tubes, canoes, kayaks, or the appropriate wading equipment can all be great ways to fish this section of Megunticook; typically, I put in my canoe and troll, or pump up my float tube and kick around casting and slowly retrieving streamers/nymphs on a full sinking line. For a little while longer, even swimming gear on bottom and layering up on top can be comfortable — for instance, I’m still float-tubing in shorts with fins over bare feet, but I’m dressed in layers on top, and if I stay active through fishing and covering water I stay warm enough to enjoy it thoroughly until it’s time to get off the water. If you have waders/boots, casting with floating lines and unweighted streamer flies in close to the Barrett’s Cove swim area can be easy access and really productive fishing too. A headlamp can be extremely useful item during set up in the predawn dark. And having hats and gloves and other insulation for those mornings will pay dividends when things inevitably turn frosty.
NOTES: We fishing folk share the water at this time of the morning with the fine folks of Megunticook Rowing; in fact, it’s because of the rowing program that I’m out at the lake so often, therefore if the rowers are pushed off the water due to wind or other dangerous conditions to train at the YMCA or go for a run up Maiden’s Cliff on a given morning, fishing could also be delayed, shortened, or unfortunately possibly even canceled with little notice. Also in the spirit of sharing the water with the rowing shells, I focus my fishing pretty close to shore and away from the middle of the cove until the shells row out into the open lake, and again as they’re rowing back in to dock. And be sure to obtain a fishing license online if needed