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Are there any fly shops near Solon, Maine?
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There's the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville, at "the bottom" of Moosehead Lake.
But on the drive up, you'll pass Kittery Trading Post (Kittery) and LLBean (Freeport) which are both a short hop off the interstate

Are you going to Evergreens Campground ?
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Default Re: Solon, Maine

Thanks Rip, I will keep an open for the shop in Kittery. Not sure where Moosehead Lake is, but if I am near, I will stop there too. I will need some "correct" flies. I am staying at a friend's cabin on Embden Pond. I have been advised to get a sink tip line. Any suggestions you can give me for fishing in the area - or places to go would be appreciated. Since I have never been there before, any information would be good.
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Default Re: Solon, Maine

Moosehead/Greenville is probably 80-90 minutes to the north but that's the closest shop and it's a good one.
Most people that go to Solon to fish are there for the float that begins at the campground.
It's an easy float that you can do in a canoe. The campground does a shuttle.
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The guy that wrote this article used to have a fly shop in the area but I haven't seen it open in a few years.

As for pond flies, a lot depends on when you'll be there. Embden is a big deep "pond" and it looks like early season, before the water warms, you can expect salmon, brookies and even lake trout, but once the water warms, and I'm talking just a little ( first week of June ?), it will be mostly smallmouth
Looks like there's a variety of baits too. Smelt, shiners, dace. I'd bet on a large number of leaches as well
As for bugs, where I fish it's the dragon fly nymphs that really get the fish moving as do Hex nymphs toward the beginning of July
http://www.state.me.us/ifw/fishing/l...mbden_pond.pdf

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Default Re: Solon, Maine

Thank you very much for the information, Rip. I will be there early season (May 6-13). I was told there is some wading to be done at the bridge in Solon, and to bring a sink tip line.
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I will be there early season (May 6-13).
Then you're talking salmon and smelt flies.
Many of the traditional NewEngland streamers are smelt imitations and a lot of the lakes have their own variations.
Rainbow smelt are colorful, lots of purples and pinks but those colors look different under different conditions so a fancy grey ghost isn't necessarily a better fly than a simple bucktail.
What's important is that they either have an extra long shank or a tandem hook for trolling
You'll find that there's dozens of patterns to choose from

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Default Re: Solon, Maine

That is why I want to go to some local fly shops. I can't tie those beautiful Atlantic salmon flies. I do have access to a boat with a trolling motor on Embden Pond. This is my first trip where fishing is the focus. I start next week on the AuSable River (in Michigan) and then on to Maine. And I am really getting excited.
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