Maine Fly Fishing Charters

Maine Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Maine

Fly Fishing in Maine

When in Maine, fly fishing will be at the top of your to-do list. With a varied terrain to offer, there’s something here for anglers of every skill level.

What to Catch

There are over 6,500 ponds and lakes to fish from. Around 600 of these are self-sustaining (they haven't been stocked in the last decade) with half of these never having been stocked to begin with. This offers anglers the rare chance to catch completely natural trout. Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and Lake Trout all make their home in Maine.

Landlocked Salmon are also a big part of fly fishing in Maine – they aren’t the state’s official fish for nothing! They are a close cousin of the Atlantic Salmon and can be found in most lakes. When fishing in Maine, you’ll also be able to reel in Striped Bass, Largemouth Bass, Pike, Togue, Muskellunge, Bluefish, and more.

For hardcore anglers who really want a challenge, head offshore and try catching a giant Bluefin Tuna on the fly – the ultimate skill test, as these beauties regularly weigh around 900 pounds!

Where to Go

There are so many fishing spots for anglers to choose from, you’ll feel like a kid in a candy shop! The rivers and streams, freshwater lakes, and huge coastline all provide a fishing playground.

Sebago Lake

The name Sebago comes from the scientific name for landlocked Salmon, Salmo salar Sebago, and it’s no wonder – this lake offers top-notch fly fishing action for Salmon. Sebago Lake is also the deepest lake in New England and has a healthy population of Togue. Come along in May and September for runs of Salmon.

Roach River

Fly fishing enthusiasts will love Roach River, as they are the only ones allowed to fish here. Roach River is also strictly catch and release, allowing you to catch plenty of Brook Trout and Salmon in the riffles and pools here.

Rangeley Lake

You’ll find larger landlocked Salmon here, making Rangeley Lake one of three hotspots for Salmon. From here, you can easily access Cupsuptic Lake and Mooselookmeguntic Lake – the Salmon here might be smaller, but there are a lot more of them. The streams and brooks coming from these waters are great for fly fishing, and they’re heavily fished during the run in September.

Rapid River

Flowing from the Rangeley Lake down to New Hampshire, the Rapid River has been a favorite of fly fishers for decades. This is another river which is solely for the use of fly fishing. Although small (only 3 miles long) there are plenty of Brook Trout and Salmon to target. The local Trout has to be released, to help keep these waters productive – it’s one of the best wild Brook Trout rivers in the country after all! Fish here from April to September.

Kennebec River

Another great river for Rainbow Trout and Brook Trout is the Kennebec River. This huge river is over 170 miles long and has many top spots along its banks for fly fishing. Head towards Shawmut Dam for a great spot for both species of Trout. This river heads all the way into the Atlantic, where you can target Bluefin Tuna and Shark.

How to Fish

  • When fly fishing in Maine, you’ll need to wait till the ice melts. This usually happens mid-April.

  • Experienced fly fishers will know to keep an eye on the hatch season, to help dictate which flies to use. Overall, streamers and nymphs work best.

  • Depending on which spot you go to and how much space you have, you may need to alter the length of your rod. A safe option is to have a shorter rod (less than 9 feet), which will keep you from getting tangled in overhanging branches, too.

When to Go

In the Pine Tree State, your window of opportunity to fly fish is cut short by the invading winter, when the top waterways freeze over until the spring. A successful fly fishing trip will occur from April through to September.

Maine fly fishing offers you the opportunity to catch truly wild Trout and huge Bluefin Tuna. Are you ready to put your skills to the test?

Maine
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Based on 27,726 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Maine

I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I would recommend anglers fishing in Biddeford for the first time. Captain Tom was an awesome guide!!
Kenny  J.
Kenny J.
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Went fishing with Eagle's Rock Tackle & Charter on 9/14/23. The weather was perfect! It was our first time fishing in Maine (from Texas).
Elizabeth  U.
Elizabeth U. Baltimore, MD
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress in layers and prepare for a somewhat bumpy ride. Worth it for the fish, though!
Gillian  C.
Gillian C. Norridgewock, Maine
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately and if possible, buy a parking pass in advance if you are taking the early trip.
Randy  L.
Randy L. Winthrop Harbor, IL
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be sure to understand if there is a bathroom on board the boat. It may be an issue on 3 to 4 hour trip for some people.
Richard  H.
Richard H.
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We stayed out in Conway, NH - there is not a lot in Sebago! Lake is very pretty though.
Hannah  G.
Hannah G. Greenwich, CT
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you want to catch fish you will hear. Give eagles rock a try. Highly recommend them
Roger  B.
Roger B. Biddeford, Maine
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come prepared to have a great time....and bring a jacket. The rest is handled by the Captain. ??
Donna  A.
Donna A. Tonawanda, New York
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Ask questions keep. Enjoy the scenery. Keep realistic expectations. The Captain is
DARRIN  P.
DARRIN P.
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great to know the area, admittedly fishing is better in the beginning and at the end of the season, when the hearing are running.
Juan  F.
Juan F. Haverhill, MA
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know that days you are more productive than others, but appreciate the experience. Donna made the experience so worth it! She is a great captain!
Ann  S.
Ann S. Mocksville, NC
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Talk to the Capt. in advance and discuss your level of experience and targeted fish so he can offer best advice for a successful experience
Bill  B.
Bill B. Chester Springs, PA
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I recommend bringing Dramamine if it’s your first time deep sea fishing, and I recommend booking your charter with Captain Larry the process is smooth and he knows what places to take you to to catch fish so no worries about not catching fish
Nathan  M.
Nathan M. Potsdam, New York
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Fish in sping before the dogfish arrive and Haddok fishing is the best and you can keep one Cod in the spring and if lucky, one Halibut.
Larry  H.
Larry H. Pulaski, VA
Be prepared for a great experience - enjoy the nature and if you are lucky you will catch some striped bass and other incredible fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared for a great experience - enjoy the nature and if you are lucky you will catch some striped bass and other incredible fish.
Christoph  E.
Christoph E. South Portland, Maine
Book a morning trip to increase your odds and stay away from the heat. The ocean is rougher than you would think, keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach and if you have balance issues.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book a morning trip to increase your odds and stay away from the heat. The ocean is rougher than you would think, keep that in mind if you have a weak stomach and if you have balance issues.
Erik  R.
Erik R. Saco, ME
Book for a full day if you want to bring back your quota. It takes two hours to get to Jeffrey Ledge which is where you want to be.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book for a full day if you want to bring back your quota. It takes two hours to get to Jeffrey Ledge which is where you want to be.
Marc  B.
Marc B. Scarborough, Maine
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure that you talk to local fishermen to know what fish are biting and where they can be found.
Tony  J.
Tony J. United States
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a camera with you. You will have the opportunity to take a lot of pictures heading out of the shoreline. Have a clear mind and listen the Captain John as he will instruct you on the proper techniques for catching the blue fin tuna. This is important as a lot happens when you hook up on a tuna.
Christian  T.
Christian T. Danville, Kentucky

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