Spring arrives in the North Maine Woods in Late April – Early May, our ice-out arrives around the end of April. The timing is just as our Rainbow smelt run begins in earnest. Literally hundreds of thousands of smelt all over the region following their natural instinct to spawn in virtually every inlet available.
Trolling from traditional 20’ Grand Lakers and Scott boats at 4 feet wide and 20 feet long, as seaworthy and comfortable as it gets. Trolling with fly rods and traditional streamer flies to start, followed by casting in the shallows over gorging Wild Brook Trout feasting on smelts. Traditional Maine at its finest. The Brook trout average from 12 to 20+ inches and at times over 4 lbs with 25 fish per rod per day being the norm.
The original Grey Ghost Streamer has its origin deep in Maine Fly Fishing History, First tied by Carrie G. Stevens of Madison, Maine in 1924 to imitate a smelt.