Here's one of the ponds that's popped up in my search for trout water here in mid-coast Maine. it's in an unlikely spot; located in the middle of a long island with the Atlantic on all 4 sides. It's called Sprague Pond.
The pond is fed by a stream that had its watershed along the Northern side of a ridge that runs almost the entire length of the island. The stream is known, locally, as Stoney Creek. It's a beaver pond; walled off, I would say, years ago and still intact. The Town of Phippsburg has put in some hiking trails that go around one part of it, but the pond seems, by and large, to be forgotten.
It should hold Brookies and Smallmouths; probably also some ubiquitous Pickerel and maybe some panfish, like white and yellow Perch. The first time I saw the pond, I saw some splashy rises, which generally means trout to me. Here are some pics of the pond:
It's a lillypad jungle; want something to sharpen up your casting accuracy; here it is:
There are two beaver lodges on the lake; this one is closest to the dam and is active; I "waded" around it today and inadvertently found the lodge entrance, while sinking up to my chest in water that looked like it should be a foot deep! It's active; as judged by the supply of chewed-off saplings around its base. I won't disturb it again:
I fished it for about 3 hours, got alot of takes on dries; elk hair caddis and para Adams, but nothing that was large enough to actually hook on a fly; which doesn't gybe with the large splashy rises that I saw the other day. There was no hatch going on and the predominant insect life was dragonflies and water striders.
I'm going back some night next week, because we're due for a hexagenia/green drake hatch and bugs that big should bring any good sized fish that happens to be in that pond to the surface in a hurry. It's time for a fish!
So, in the interim, I took Ard's advice and took the time to smell the flowers:
On the way out................I'll be back