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waynej 08-09-2011 08:22 AM

Rangeley Lake, Maine in Sept
Looking for some advice. Heading to Rangeley Lake area the 2nd week in September. I've never been but read online there is a good population of large brooks and salmon in some of the feeder streams.

Any recommendations as where to fish and which flies would work that time of year?

Also is there a local fly shop you would recommend?

Ard 08-09-2011 09:41 AM

Re: Rangeley Lake, Maine in Sept
You will be there just in time to catch the fall spawning migration of the land locked salmon. Check the Regs. carefully and tie some Nine Three streamers in size 2 - 6, September is a tad early for the Brook Trout spawning season but they will take the Nine Three also. I never fished the Rankly Region but traveled to the Moosehead Lake area and fished many rivers from Jackman down to Millinocket from 1980 - 1994. During those years I used many of the traditional flies for the area but the Nine Three was best.

Have fun & don't forget the rain gear,


gt05254 08-09-2011 10:06 AM

Re: Rangeley Lake, Maine in Sept
Rain gear and warm clothes! There's a big flyshop in Oquossoc that you can't miss. I think Rangeley Region fly shop in Rangeley might be out of business. Traditional New England streamers, caddis dries and don't forget the soft hackles! I caught the largest Landlock I've hooked to date on a GR hare's ear soft hackle at Upper Dam. Oh, and believe it or not, white wooly buggers.

Get a DeLorme Atlas and Gazeteer for Maine; you can use it to find all the moving water you want.

There's good cabin rentals at Haines Landing on Mooselookmeguntic, too.

Rip Tide 08-09-2011 10:22 AM

Re: Rangeley Lake, Maine in Sept
... I'm pretty sure that the Rangeley Region Sport Shop is still there..

I've fished the Kennebago and Cupsupic rivers, but I think the place to go in the area is the Rapid River between Richardson and Umbagog lakes.
Upper Dam, of course, was the home of Carrie Stevens, so that gives a clue on the popular flies.

My very first fish on a fly, a fly that I "tied" myself, was at Mooselookmeguntic Lake when I was 7

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