Get a copy of Joseph D Bates, jr's book "Streamer Fly Tying and Fishing" (a classic, by the way). It is absolutely chock full of streamer patterns, a huge number of which have their origins in Maine, and are specifically designed for Landlocks.
Some very lovely ties by Gary and Macspey. I'm particularly partial to the black ghost. Atlantic salmon being just landlocks that haven't forgotten - or been prohibited from going - where the ocean is, they really love black ghosts. You hear people say if you were limited to just one fly...it would have to be the black ghost or the Green Machine on the Miramichi. I've not tried it on landlocks, but I have to believe that the Machine would catch them like crazy too.
Back in the late 80s I was on a trip up to Atikonak Lake in Labrador. That watershed has a great population of landlocks. I had some chartreuse fur strips - standard palmer-wound body with an inch and a half of tail. We caught more landlocks on those than anything else until the fish simply destroyed my little supply.
The WB of the Penobscot fishery is largely confined to the stretch from Ripogenus Dam downstream to the Big Eddy. It flows through a gorge with some heavy whitewater which is great for rafting and kayaking, but challenging to the point of being somewhat dangerous for wading, depending on your skill, age, and testosterone level. My brother has run sections of it in an inflatable pontoon, but putting a fly rod in his hands makes him more than a little mentally unstable at times. (I'm sure you know the type.) If you are careful and keep your wits about you, there are some beastly brook trout and some nice landlocks to be found in the pockets and seams in the gorge. This is great water for short line nymphing with stone, caddis, and various mayfly nymphs, so you may want to throw in a single hander, too. The water is much more wadeable and floatable between the Gorge and the Big Eddy, and there are plenty of fish there, too. I think you will find the two hander to be quite advantageous there! You will also find more human company as well.
Don't forget your bug dope - the skeeters and black flies can be murderous.
Oh, and a pic of the Montreal "Lady of the Evening"
Thank you for taking the time to share Also. It's greatly appreciated
I hope it's a good time. The gorge looks very risky from the pictures. I will be on foot. I read that from the lake north there is miles of water. Will I be relegated to a handful of spots that are popular with others, sort of the high pressure areas or are there plenty of spots to find with a little wor?
I confess that the handful of times I have been up there, I've only fished from the gorge down to the Big Eddy. Never fished above the lake. Might be quite good. As with pretty much anywhere else, I would bet that walking in a bit from the convenient access points will earn you some solitude. Sorry I don't have more intel.
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