Fly fishing in NORTHERN MAINE; Aroostook, Allagash and Musquacook waters. We specialize in the Fly Fishing for Wild Native Brook Trout and LandLocked Salmon.
A one of a kind destination located in the heart of the North Maine Woods, 3.5 million acres of industrial woodlands located in Northern MAINE.
Step back in time, walk the trails and fish the same waters of Thoreau, JP Morgan and Roosevelt. We are situated in the headwaters of the Musquacook and Allagash River watersheds. With more than 40 different waters within 40 miles of the lodge and NO expensive fly outs are needed. Most are designated HERITAGE WATERS (certified as only WILD TROUT) We offer lake, pond, stream and river fishing for Native Wild Brook Trout and LandLocked Salmon. Fish a different water every day if you wish. Our active Fly Fishing season starts the middle of May (ice-out dates vary)
We are located more than 30 miles from the nearest town; we are easily accessed by two/four wheel drive vehicles. We offer direct seaplane service to the lodge by KATAHDIN AIR SERVICE, pick up can be arranged out of several locations, most frequent is Bangor International Airport or Presque Isle Maine. You can leave from any location in the Northeast in the morning and be fishing a remote trout pond for the evening hatch. It is that easy!
Why do we have such great fishing?
We fish more than 30 miles in the Northern Maine Wilderness. This remoteness and its low fishing pressure allow us to offer great Brook Trout opportunities. You and your guide may be the only person on the pond and possibly the only people within many miles in any direction. We also protect our fisheries, it is our livelihood, and we ask you to do the same. Our Brook trout are sensitive to handling, so catch and release is routine. Wild Trout to eat, if you desire, are taken from waters the Biologists have deemed over populated or non-trophy in potential.
The Fly Fishing in Northern Maine is not difficult, again due to low pressure and the lack of fishermen. You may cast over fish that have not seen a fly for months, years or ever. But it does vary greatly. For most of our Brook Trout fishing a mid-flex (5-6wt) rod usually works best. We spend time fishing from canoes, 21′ Grand Laker style Scott boats, and walk/wading. We have more than 30 canoes stashed on remote waters and ponds throughout the North Maine Woods.
Our Fly Fishing is not technical or difficult. Opportunities for dry and wet fly fishing are about equal, depending on the season. Often times the largest Brook Trout are taken on a wet fly, while at the same time smaller fish are providing great action on the surface.
The first hatch of the season is generally the Blue-winged olive. Followed in a few weeks by the Hex’s. Our caddis flies of all sizes and colors hatch all summer. Tent wing, Goddard and stimulators work well. Throwing wooly buggers, nymphs, and streamers is sometimes the best way to catch the largest Brook trout but many a evening supplies the best action as we chase and cast long to evening rises and flinch at the sound of jumping brook Trout. There is nothing like the evening hatch, a rise and a beautiful sunset in the North woods.
Your day at Chandler Lake Camps and Lodge:
First and foremost ‘Your schedule is our schedule’ – fish early or fish late our staff and guides will accommodate your wishes.
The day usually starts with the beautiful sunrise over the point in front of the lodge. Hot coffee, a hearty breakfast and time to meet your guide. Plans are usually confirmed the evening before, and time has come to venture after the hefty squaretails. While fishing your guide will take care of the vehicle, lunch and all necessary equipment, outside your personal gear. Have the camera ready as daily wildlife sightings are the norm. Moose, bear and deer, loons and more. Fishing will take place throughout the morning followed by a hearty lunch, consisting of hot coffee, homemade breads, fresh meats, soup and desserts. After the respite of your choosing the afternoon adventure will begin. Searching for fish, casting to Walter with a sub-surface fly or searching for a common mid-day hatch. Your guides plan provides for ample time to return to the lodge before dinner. Time to unwind, take a hot shower and relax with your favorite beverage.
Our evening meals are worth the wait, Prime Rib, Roasted Pork Loin, and Maine lobsters to name a few. Complimented with fresh salads, homemade breads and desserts.
After dinner our long summer evenings allow for evening fishing or just sit and relax in front of your cabin’s wood stove or next to the outside fireplace listening to our numerous resident loons or feeding moose. Sleep comes easily in the big North Woods and tomorrow we will start a new adventure.
What to expect for fishing:
Our waters daily produce fish in the 12- 16 class. 18 and 19″ fish are common and the 20+ fish are in the waters you are fishing. They may come to the first cast or the last, our big Mayflies draw big brook trout from the deep. It’s Fishing!! We are AVID fly fishermen, we want you to succeed and keep coming back to our small piece of paradise. A good guided day will produce 20 fish pp. A great day will double, if not triple those numbers. Again, we protect our fisheries; we expect the same from our guests. A legendary guide in our area, Will McNally, once said: God could have made a better looking fish, but I don’t know how. Its a dam shame to only catch him once.
We ask, don’t just come to catch fish. Come for Maine’s North Woods experience. It is the best that nature has to offer.
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