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    Trip to ME advice?

    Driving my girlfriend to school in Portland, ME from Bradley Beach, NJ. We'll be driving through NY, CT, Ma, and NH. Here's our route:

    Bradley Beach, NJ to Portland, ME - Google Maps

    I don't have a lot of time to go too far off route, but I'd love to do some fly fishing for trout on my way back. I'd be really happy with quiet small stream fishing for small wild fish, as opposed to a more crowded popular spot.

    Any advice would be awesome. Thanks so much.

    Joe


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Mairo View Post
    Driving my girlfriend to school in Portland, ME from Bradley Beach, NJ. We'll be driving through NY, CT, Ma, and NH. Here's our route:

    Bradley Beach, NJ to Portland, ME - Google Maps

    I don't have a lot of time to go too far off route, but I'd love to do some fly fishing for trout on my way back. I'd be really happy with quiet small stream fishing for small wild fish, as opposed to a more crowded popular spot.

    Any advice would be awesome. Thanks so much.

    Joe
    Look at the websites for the states you're visiting. Maine MUST have some nice spots for brookies.

    Start here...

    ME - WTS List


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    thanks GB!

    the site you passed on is awesome. gonna be used for many years to come!

    Keep the suggestions coming guys!

    Joe


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    gb gave u that site there is one for everystate on ur way up including nj


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    If you continue down I295 a little further you will come to freeport.... home of LL Bean and their main (no pun intended) store. they have a great group of guys in their fly shop that will point you in the right direction and get you on fish, plus they have many many maps. Pick up a Maine gazetteer to, this will be a big help.


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    The Southern Coast of Maine/NH is not a trout hot spot in the summer - the summer fishing in Maine is best in the mountains around Jackman far away. Once the weather turns colder in the fall sea run browns in the Ogunquit R or landlocked salmon heading up Lake Sebago tribs would be worth a shot. Maybe the coast has a few stripers. I have heard vastly differing reports on the striper fishing this year, but striper fishing from the shore is always about being at the right place at the right time.

    Another good source of info is the Kittery Trading Post just as soon as you cross into Maine. It's on the way to Portland, but LL Bean in Freeport isn't that far out of the way from Portland.

    With the warm summer we have had I'm guessing the best trout fishing you will find now is in the upper Farmington tailwater in CT. It's about 40 minutes north of Rte 84 west of Hartford. Maybe be a little crowded in spots, but walking a little will bring you more peace and quiet. You will be traveling through the coastal and lowland sections of New England where the waters warm in summer and trout fishing is off, except in the few tailwaters. MA has some decent tailwaters in the Berkshires, but that is probably too far out of the way for you.


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    Re: Trip to ME advice?

    Very cool guys - thanks!


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