JWflyfishing and team searches Sebasticook River for signs of trout.

 

     While I was away on vacation visiting my family in Maine, I got the opportunity to go and fish the Sebasticook River. This river is very near and dear to me as I was raised along its banks when I was  a boy. Having grown up north of the area we were fishing in a small town called Clinton, Maine I am quite familiar with this river.  Each year there was an opportunity for fisherman to get into some very nice Brook Trout early in the season. After the ice comes off the ponds and lakes it creates cold water runoff. When the water levels drop, trout thrive in these chilly waters and can be caught until the water in the river warms.  Warmer water conditions force trout to find cooler water temperatures via spring fed streams or deepholes.  Then the river becomes good smallmouth bass fishing with perch, bluegill, and other warmwater species become the main quarry.  The state of Maine (ME) recently tore out a dam in Winslow, ME changing the river drastically upstream to the next dam in Benton, ME. This also set up a tailwater fishery scenario behind this dam in Benton. Recent chatter amongst friends regarding this occurrence allowing trout to migrate from downstream into this tailwater caused me to investigate. Once we got there it didn’t take long to figure out this trout mystery, for the most part that is. The A.M. water temps at a blistering 72*F immediately made this waterway supsect in my opinion, and stamped a definite label of “Warmwater fishery” on it for me.  More than likely this river will hold trout in the earlier months of the year until the water starts to show temperatures they cannot tolerate; at which time they will retreat to deeper water or spring fed streams for the remainder of the year. Though I was disappointed at this, I must say that it really didn’t affect the amount of fun that we all had catching everything from White Perch to Smallmouth Bass and a whole slew of other warmwater species. I saw several Huge American Eels in this river and I mean these things were big like 4′ long and as big around as your arm. I turned one with my foot on a riffle I was nymphing; bewildered by its size I wandered slowly to the edge of the river to recoup. Yuck! With that moment etched in my mind I swore an oath to wade a tab bit more cautiously as to not encounter another one of those creatures. Some other good news to come out of this is that the presence of Alewive runs currently in this river will cause some great bass to be grown in this fishery and also for the definite possibility of catching stripers as far north on the Sebasticook River as Benton ME. I want to thank my friends and family for a wonderful visit and Special thanks to my fishing buddies while there, Zachary, Tyler, and Rick. Also to my dad for a special day we had talking about 100% fishing all day, add great food to that and you have a trip to remember.
JW
 

 

  • High Water holding you back? Think Again.

         3-29-10  The chilly conditions this weekend held the water temperature at 39 degrees.  The flows to the Farmington River continued to run high this as the feeder streams continued to drain their spring runoff, and water from the dam continued to gush,  narrowing  any anglers preferred method to nymphing and fishing streamers.  I had some success fishing tight to the banks with a Czech nymphing rig.  I hooked what I thought to be an average brown on a #16 Golden Stonefly drifter near the bank in front of me.  I fumbled to shed the gloves from my hands  and free my camera as the fish ripped into my running line almost tearing the rod from my hand.  When I gained control of the situation and realized this was no average fish, I quickly put the backbone of my 20+ yr old LLBean 5/6 to work.  This rod coupled with 5x and chilly river temps made quick work of this trout and made for a great chance for me to admire and greatly appreciate the size and girth of this nice fish.  Others that I came in contact with had some success also on big streamers.  I continued to pull good numbers of size 16 Golden Stoneflies in my stream samples, along with tons of size 18-20 mayfly nymphs.  Caddis larvae in all kinds of sizes still definitely have the largest presence on the stream bottom.  Don’t let the high water this time of year get you down, get out there and give it a whirl along the edges fishing with some small nymphs or streamers.