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Flies for Penobscot River - Maine

post #1 of 7
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Looks like I may be headed up to the Penobscot River - probably fishing for lm and sm bass. Anyone got any productive fly patterns or tips on areas I should check out?
post #2 of 7
I used to fish the west branch, above Millinocket a lot (abt 10 yrs ago) for landlocked salmon. My favorite method was a large grey bodied elk hair caddis, danced upstream. They jump on it from above frequently. Otherwise, the classic Maine streamers produced, grey ghost, etc... ,and the trusty Royal Wulff. I never fished for bass up there. For bass, I'd imagine any of the popular river patterns would work, clousers, wooly buggers, and topwater deerhair and foam patterns.
post #3 of 7
Don't overlook the little cricks that feed into the Penobscot-They harbor lots of hungry Brookies. The further you get from civilization, the more agresive they get towards the fly.
post #4 of 7
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Originally posted by asabatelli:
I used to fish the west branch, above Millinocket a lot (abt 10 yrs ago) for landlocked salmon.


I fished up there with 10x10 about 12 years ago... he caught a nice landlocked on a white maribu muddler....I think it might have been on the Mattawamkeage (sp)??? We caught all kinds of smallies, brookies and some pike. I haven't been back up there since then. When we were there, they were transporting salmon around a dam on the Pennobscot via tanks in the back of pickup trucks. Someone told me that they had removed a lot of the dams???
I got an invite to fish up there for a couple of days and thought I'd check it out again....
Thanks for the advice!!
post #5 of 7
I think (but am not sure) that asabetelli is talking about the east branch of the pennobscot famous for salmon and you are talking about the west branch. I have heard that the bass action on that river is great but I have never fished it. I'm pretty sure some fly shops in that are have web pages try searching a little.
post #6 of 7
Quick search found west branch fly and supply 207-723-5989
post #7 of 7
I used to fish the Penobscot just outside of Milo, lot's of smallies holding in the deeper water. Wooley buggers and the already mentioned grey ghost are great patterns up there. The river is loaded with Dace as well, so Dace patterns are a good bet. I found the really nice smallies in the Sebec river, just down stream from Milo. It's slower and deeper and there's many smallies in the 5 and 6# range.

The Pleasant is also an interesting river, landlocks, smallies and brookies throughout the river but if it's been really dry up there then the Pleasant gets pretty low. Hope this helped.

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