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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 10:12 PM Thread Starter
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im headed to maine all next week and im planing on swinging for atlantics, any suggestions on flies and rivers? thanks fellas!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 04:13 PM
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There is no fishing for atlantics in Maine.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 04:28 PM
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Sometimes it pays to google first and ask questions later. just a thought.
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-16-2012, 04:48 PM
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Sadly, LL is right. Legally, targeting anadromous Atlantics is forbidden in Maine due to their very, very sparse numbers here in the Pine Tree State. If you do accidentally hook one, you are required to release it unharmed, immediately, or have your left arm and right leg amputated without anesthesia by a warden with a rusty chainsaw. A tiny handful are taken by anglers fishing for smallmouths on the Penobscot every year, but you probably have a better chance of winning the lottery.

Landlocked Atlantics - the same fish, just in a smaller package - are a whole different story. Those can be found in many, many rivers and streams throughout the state and fishing for them is strongly encouraged. I don't spend much time chasing them, but I'd be happy to point out some of the streams where they can be found. Waters are pretty low and warm presently, so options are limited, but worth pursuing.

Smallmouth fishing is excellent right now and WAY underutilized, as in you have your choice of prime water, and you'll likely have it to yourself, especially mid-week (unless I'm there ). They are a magnificent spey rod fish.

PM by Friday AM if you'd like more info. (I'll be away from Friday until Monday.)

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haha i knew they were illegal to fish for i should have been more spicific, i ment to say land locked salmon. sorry
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it would be amazing if you could point out a stream or two but you dont have to give to much detail if you dont want to, but thanks in advance
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River Right, you have a PM.

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Penobscot has not had a single fish return in two weeks...it is stuck around 600 fish.

Sad that there are very few atlantics left in Maine.
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grand lake stream has good landlocked salmon fishing, it is perfect for a switch rod easy access easy wading!
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-22-2012, 08:33 PM
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I pray every day for Atlantic salmon to return to the rivers of Maine. It's a big loss. I hope the removal of the latest dam helps, though I hear there is another one that has to come out as well.
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Sorry. I meant the dam on the Penobscot.
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Here is a pic of a salmon taken from the Machias river in the early 1990's. Legal and tagged, now they are all gone. Not much fun watching extinction in your own time and I don't blame the fisherman, he was only doing what he was told was legal.
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Passed through that area last week Lon my way back from PEI.

Water in most streams I passed over was very low. I would opt for some great smallmouth fishing on the middle Penobscot, north of Lincoln.
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yeah it is sad to see them go but hopefully they will come back. i never really got into any land locks but i did find some great small mouth and blue sharks on the fly
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