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Re: big maine? brookies

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The gal in the pic happens to be a good friend of ours, Emily Bastian, niece of Don Bastian. She and her family live in Maine and that particular fish is a smidgeon over 20".

I drool every time I think of large brook trout. I have chosen to head to Maine for brookies rather than go out west. I desperately want a brookie over 18" to photograph and measure for girth, etc. to have a replica mount. I've landed them up to 17 1/2" but have yet to land one larger.

Dave R.

Posted on: 2013/7/1 13:57


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I am not sure but I think you can park at the gate and walk into the Rapid. You better check with someone up there to be sure. I was supposed to do that last year but ran into a thunder storm I think it is a mile or two walk. There are cabins inside the gate (RAPID RIVER FLY FISHING) it is $125.00 a day per person I think that includes meals and you have access to most of the river.

Posted on: 2013/7/1 14:32


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Here's a good board to ask some questions to about streams in the area. You have to join to see any posts though.

http://flyfishingnewengland.net/

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The gal in the pic happens to be a good friend of ours, Emily Bastian, niece of Don Bastian. .


Yup, i was ordering some of Don's flies and came across the snap.

A Helluva fish, especially for this side of the border - who needs Labrador huh ?

i do actually know the spot where she landed it, by the rocks - i took an unplanned swim there in 2009. thats the biggest fish i've seen taken out of that run during the day...

Posted on: 2013/7/1 17:04


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There are ponds in Maine that are larger than most PA lakes.

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Re: big maine? brookies

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I have been fishing the Rangeley area for a long time and have fished all of the streams mentioned:the Rapid,Rangeley,Magalloway,Dead,etc.In the last few years I have changed my approach and have added the the Andro and Lake Umbagog (10,000 Acres)for SM.as places to fish when I'm in that area

For unbelievable numbers of decent SM,IMO Lake Spednick near Forest City,ME is the best in the East(after lake Erie).The place to stay is called Wheatons Lodge.However,Spednick is about 4+ hours from the Rngeley Area.It's located next to the New Brunswick border

On Lake Umbagog you need either a Maine or NH license.
If anyone is thinking of planning a vacation to either areas feel free to PM me,i might be able to help

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just got back from 5 days at a camp in maine. rained a lot but we had a blast and caught a ton of fish. ton. green drakes were on a lot of ponds and lakes, but i much prefer streams and river. fwiw landlocked salmon >> brook trout.

oh and FU us air!

Posted on: 2013/7/1 23:27


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jdaddy:Do you want to share your US Air/Maine experience or is it to painful?

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Re: big maine? brookies

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The rapid river is supposed to have land locks, along with nice size brookies.

From what I've read, there are several places where you can park and hike in. However, I will have the little lady with me - and am wondering how good the trails are, and if they could possibly be biked.
We'll look into renting a canoe or kayak also

Posted on: 2013/7/2 9:21


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I graduate in May, and I think a June trip to Maine would be a nice gradimation gift...

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make it late June when the BIG golden stones are coming off and you can have at them on dry flies...#8 stimulators.

(and yes, i know they are late this year...)

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Thanks for the tip! We'll see....

Posted on: 2013/7/2 10:53


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I graduate in May, and I think a June trip to Maine would be a nice gradimation gift...

Squatch, you'll want to plan it for late June, say after the 15th. I'll drive if you want someone to go along.

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fwiw landlocked salmon >> brook trout.


agree

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Re: big maine? brookies

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Gee bee -

Sounds like you've fished up there a bit.
I'm going in sept. If there's nothing hatching then, I kinda figure maybe I can take some on terrestrials.
Have you ever fished there at that time of year?

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