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Old 05-29-2014, 09:56 AM
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Maine stocks large trout in some ponds and a few rivers. I wrote about one of those rivers in "A Day in Maine".

I went back with a 2 wt rod and caught a lot of 10-12" brook trout and a bunch of smaller browns. On that same day, I caught one of the 3.5 pounders. Lots of bend in that rod, I can say.

Yesterday, I went back with a 5 wt rod. The only thing that seemed to be working for any fish was nymphing. Not my favorite kind of fishing, but, hey, whatever works.

In the rain and cold of the morning, there was not much action - a few smaller fish.

After lunch, I was a little surprised to find the river empty of fisherman. I immediately caught one of the large trout. These are about 17" and 3.5-4# fish. Then nothing for a couple hours.

Again, things changed quickly and I hooked and lost two of these fish. One just came off the hook. The other broke the tippet.

Like any river with lots of rocks, flies get hung up on the bottom pretty often. So, when I tugged on the line and nothing moved, I assumed I was hung up on the rocks, again.

But, I noticed that where the leader came out of the water it was wiggling back and forth just a bit, so I put more pressure on it and this fish took off downstream.

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Stocked or not, these things fight. And, they immediately head down to the rocks on the bottom.

It's been a lot of fun pursuing these fish. But, I feel the need to head for the mountains and some wild trout. That's next.
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Beautiful fish for sure and at that size I bet they can put up a terrific fight, congrats!
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What a beauty! Sounds like a fun place to fish, stockers or not
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When are we going to see some big wild fish picts from ya ?

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What a fish, I don't care if it's stocked!
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When are we going to see some big wild fish picts from ya ?

As soon as I catch some. Next week, if I get there.
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Hey, that's a niceeee brookie. Nice picture too,,thanks,,I needed the 'pump' tonite !

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Great fish and I'm just happy that you had a great time. After all, that's all that matters. You don't have to go to far to find GREAT fishing in Maine. Just go into some of the North Maine Woods ponds (Aroostook County) and you can catch plenty wild trout of that size. I'm not saying that it's easy, but with a little research and time, you can catch some great trout. I know of some ponds that have an 18" minimum size limit if you want to take one home. Keep in mind.......these are wild trout.

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PS>>>>>OK, the Aroostook area is a bit north, but that's where you can find the "wilderness" type ponds and great people. You want peace and solitude with great fishing............head north.

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Just go into some of the North Maine Woods ponds (Aroostook County) and you can catch plenty wild trout of that size. I'm not saying that it's easy, but with a little research and time, you can catch some great trout. I know of some ponds that have an 18" minimum size limit if you want to take one home. Keep in mind.......these are wild trout.

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PS>>>>>OK, the Aroostook area is a bit north, but that's where you can find the "wilderness" type ponds and great people. You want peace and solitude with great fishing............head north.
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Sorry, Lost my head for a minute.
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