New England Fishing TV Report: Moose River, Maine

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The crew of New England Fishing TV just returned from a road trip to Rockwood, Maine, on Moosehead Lake, where we had the honor of fishing the Moose River with veteran Maine guide Russ Theriault.

Late May is typically prime time to fish the Moose for landlocked salmon, which migrate from the lake and upriver to feed on smelt, and we kicked things off by landing a 21” fish right out of the gate on Monday evening. That fish was later cooked at Maynard’s-in-Maine by owner Gail Maynard herself. Maynard’s is a traditional sporting camp, and Gail has cooked many a fresh-caught salmon for her guests from the restaurant and main lodge overlooking the river. It’s quite a place, and the fish was delicious!

The next morning we were on the river again in Russ’s cedar-strip, locally-built Record canoe. We spend several hours fishing streamers in the pools of the upper river, but the landlocks had lockjaw, perhaps due to the unseasonably warm weather. Still, it was a treat fishing and talking with Theriault, who couldn’t have been more gracious in accommodating to the crew. We learned a lot from this 79-year-old master guide, who has been fishing the river since he was 4—and still prefers it to any other spot on earth. We’ll post some of our interview with Theriault on our website soon, and you can watch the Moose River salmon episode this fall on NESN. Stay tuned to NewEnglandFishing.com for more information, and follow our adventures on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram.

Gear Used

Sage Approach Fly Rod 5-Weight

RIO Gold Floating Line

Reddington Sonic Waders

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