The last couple weeks we have been in Maine visiting old friends, eating lobster and chasing both Small Mouth Bass and Stripers. A good friend of mine, Greg Bostater, owns and operates Maine River Guides and was able to take us out for a couple days to bang the river banks in search of Small Mouth Bass. This was a great change of pace from trout fishing in the west. The Smallies in the rivers are abundant and very aggressive. This style of fishing is similar to moving streamers for big brown trout in fall, except you catch a fish on nearly every cast. The program is as follows. Launch a cast into the shade line tight to the bank, give a strip then pause. Generally this will result in a fish and if not, rinse and repeat. I can honestly say that you have a 90% chance of catching a fish every single cast. The action is non stop and the fish fight just as hard as a 20″ trout.
We didn’t see another soul on our 5 hour float and only shared the shoreline with Blue Herons and Bald Eagles. We moved too many fish to keep count and caught them on a variety of top water and sub surface flies. One fly in particular I have been sworn to secrecy about. Soon the weather in Maine will be cooling off and Greg will switch his attention back to the West branch of the Penobscot where he guides for Trout and Salmon, but if you find yourself with-in 100 miles of Maine River Guides it is worth your dollar to look them up.