October 1, 2020

Millinocket and Martha's Vineyard

Submitted - 2005-07-05
I have been busy with clients from the fly shop and I'm sending a report about fishing we had. I then came home for a day and went to fish on Martha's Vineyard with some anglers from Texas.

June 24 thru 26 was spent at Mountain Winds Lodge in East Millinocket with four anglers who were introduced to fly fishing. Weather was hot and the fishing was not. We did manage to pull it off and show the group a good time.

Our first day was spent on Nesowdnahunk Lake fishing for the great brook trout that swim there. Temp was hot in the 90s and the fishing was slow. A few trout were caught on olive nymphs and woolly buggers. Our plan for the day was to fish the afternoon into evening in hopes that we would have some dry fly fishing. This plan was changed to a survival mission because of a thunderstorm that came through around 6 PM. We had all we could do to get the group and the three boats off the water before high winds and downpours sent us back to the lodge. The next day we fished the West Branch of the Penobscot and had some good fishing at the dam before Quakish Lake. Everyone caught Landlocks and brought smiles to all anglers. For some it was the first fish ever on a fly rod. What a way to start! Fish were caught on Gray Ghosts and Stimulators. Lots of caddis in the bushes that line the banks. It was our last day there and we had to leave in the early afternoon. I would have loved to been there for the evening fishing. Plenty of water in the river and temps were ideal, should be good fishing on the West branch well into the summer if you care to make the trip. Look up Joey and Heather Austin at Mountain Winds Lodge and Guide service. Great food and accommodations!

Martha's Vineyard on June 28 & 29 fishing for stripers. Lots of stripers and blues around. Fished with a group from Temple Fork Outfitters in Dallas Texas. Fished the evening on the 28th and 3 stripers were caught in our group shore fishing. We spent the next morning fishing from a boat with a total of six anglers. I learned a new method to catch fish during some very tough conditions. Winds that morning were 25 to 30 MPH and flycasting was difficult to say the least. We had two anglers with fly rods at bow and stern and two anglers casting spinning rods with large plugs that had the hooks removed. The fish would follow these plugs in to the boat and swipe at the plugs all the way in. The record for hits on the plug were 17! Watching this was amazing and when the fish was in casting range for the fly rod a fly was cast and the fish was on! Nice striper about 28 inches. This also worked on the blues as well.

Tom Jutras This report was provided by Mountain Road Fly Shop in Raymond, NH. Follow this link for more specific information on the reports or the area - http://mountainroadfly.com