Monday, March 28, 2016

The Rangeley Lakes....Maine.

Over the course of 30 years I have enjoyed the annual trips to western mountains of Maine. The one area known as the Rangeley Lakes region. This vast region encompasses so many square miles of pristine waters, both streams, rivers and huge lakes. The area also is a wilderness with some of the most majestic animals in the northeast United States. We have stayed at a rustic cabin on the shores of Rangeley lake as well as Mooeslookmeguntic lake. In the evenings one can hear loons calling, their sound is both lonely as well as the comforting sound of the wilderness. Moose in the fall bellow, looking for a mate. The coyote seems always present, and the black bear just keeps wandering never stepping on the same piece of earth in its lifetime.



Waters that team with salmon and brook trout. Maine has the most wild brook trout water in the east, it's natural range. To cast a fly in these waters is to join many others before you, and perhaps you might be the first.


Waters where fly fishing is king. Places where the Gray Ghost was created. Names like Herb Welch, Bill Edson and Bert Quimby....the Black Ghost, the Edson Tiger and the Green Ghost, just to name a few.


Familiar names here...Magalloway, Oquossoc, Steep Bank, Little Kennebago, Upper Dam, Pond in the River, South Bog, Richardson, a little stream that flows off Potato Nubble, Dead River and so many more.


I have fished many of these waters, but I have a favorite. I have cast caddis and ghosts in this stream with equal success. I have fished it from it's source to it's meeting with the big lake. I have loved it in the early morning as the light filtered through the trees, and as the days last specks of light said goodnight.






I love you Rangeley...see you in September.



32 comments:

  1. Nothing like a North Woods lakeside cabin and the call of a loon. Just exemplifies that feeling of remoteness.....

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    1. Lester Kish
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      Lester that sound is both relaxing and stimulating...they are special birds.

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  2. Alan
    As one who's traveled all over Ontario, it's funny how I was struck by Maine's vast wilderness. I imagine your PB brookie came from there.

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    1. thedeadfisher
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      John Maine has some beautiful wilderness areas. And yes it did, right from that small stream.

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  3. Superb! That looks like an area I would fall in love with if I'm ever fortunate enough to make it there. Thanks for sharing. I'll be waiting for your report in September.

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    1. David Knapp
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      David I could see you wandering about western Maine. and yes you would fall in love.

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  4. Gorgeous part of the world up there!!! I know why you enjoy it so much!

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    1. TROUTI
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      Pete there a places that get a crowded as the Farmington, and there are those places where you do not see anyone.

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  5. My wife wants me to get info from you so that we can go this fall.

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    1. RKM
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      Kirk I'm putting some info together. I'll pass it along to you soon.

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  6. Thank God we still have wilderness like that around, Alan. Beautiful pictures of both scenery and trout. That last brook trout is huge and beautifully spotted. Thanks as always for the post and pictures. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam I'm certain you would find Rangeley beautiful. That brook trout was taken in 2013. Several of them came from that small stream.

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  7. Alan
    Gorgeous stream where you landed those nice brook trout. Is winter over in that area yet? Thanks for sharing

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    1. Bill Trussell
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      Bill actually it has pretty much finished up there, that's unusual.

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  8. Brook trout like those are rare beasts in my area of the world , as always I enjoy the history lesson about the areas you venture to. I have always dreamt of a trip to Maine to experience a true fishing lodge where brook trou rain supreme. Thanks for the photos alan.

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    1. Brad Basehore
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      Brad if at all possible do make a trip up there. One of the most historic of all sporting camps-lodges in the world "Grant's Kennebago Camps" is located there.

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  9. Alan, do the folks there give you some guidance on where to go for stream fishing? The place looks unbelievable.

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    1. Sam, do you mean the folks at Grants? If so they certainly do. Years ago I fished the Kennebago river above Little Kennebago lake and had the outing of my life. Between brook trout and salmon my arm was sore.

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    2. Hi Alan, that is good to know they give guidance on where to fly fish. I told my wife that we have to get up there this year. It looks like heaven on earth.

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  10. Alan, this conjures up the saying, I'm haunted by waters. Very beautiful. I'm looking forward as always to more.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard an exact phrase "I'm haunted by waters", for over 30 years.

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  11. I may finally take a trip up there this year!

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    1. RM Lytle
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      Rowan I could see you up there. You would be fishing every minute of the day, and still not have enough. It's truly a fly fishers paradise.

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  12. Wow, I can see why you love the area, and that stream in particular.
    I have to admit, I've got some serious wanderlust for Maine, beautiful part of the country you live in.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike you and the family would love it in Maine.

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  13. BrkTrt - those are amazing pictures. What a place to spend time, adventure and reflect!
    Will

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    1. Hibernation
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      Will it's wild heaven.

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  14. Beautiful! I'd really love to travel that one day. See all that the NE has to offer. Like, Mike, I have some serious "wanderlust" for that area, as well. Those brookies look big and beautiful! Those colors really pop!

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    1. Justin Carf
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      Justin if you visit you may not want to leave.

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  15. Please stop telling people about this magical, mystic place. We have a camp on a remote pond in one of the townships "up there". To say that it a place to recharge, re-center one's life is an understatement...

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    1. Also, when up there, stop in to the Rangeley Sport Shop on Main Street as well as the Outdoor Heritage Museum in Oquossoc.

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    2. Jeffrey Clarke
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      Jeffrey sorry about that....I know where your camp is and it's real pretty up there.

      Rangeley Sport Shop is a must, and the Museum I can't comment on for I've never been.

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