Podcast: Landlocked Salmon, with Jeff LeBree


Jeff LaBree out on the water during the Maine summer.
Photo courtesy Jeff LeBree

A number of listeners have been asking for a show about landlocked Atlantic salmon, and for that I can think of no one better than a native Mainer. Jeff LeBree has been fishing for “landlocks” in his native state for over 50 years, and for 17 of those . . .

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Photo: Last-Cast Brookie of a Lifetime

Written by: Will Lillard, Lillard Fly Fishing Expeditions


Will Yantis refused to give up on his dream of landing a huge Maine brook trout.
Photo courtesy Will Lillard

When Will Yantis signed up for the 2018 Maine Teen Fly-Fishing Expedition (his fourth trip with us), he had one thing on his mind: redemption for the brook trout of a lifetime he had lost on the same . . .

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Photos: Monster Native Brookies of Maine

Written by: Bill Walak


There aren't too many places left in the U.S. where you can catch natives of this size.
Photos by Bill Walak

Maine and an Orvis Superfine Glass 5-weight. This is what dreams are made of. Maine is one of America’s last strongholds for native Eastern brook trout, and to see these fish reach this size is . . .

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The Doc, the River, and Lessons Learned


Doctor Hays casts one of his Leonard bamboo rods--left to him by his father--on Maine's Rapid River.
Photos by Sandy Hays

Although I had been a fisherman since early childhood, I didn’t learn to fly-fish until I was in graduate school at the University of New Hampshire. My older brother, Brian, lived nearby, . . .

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Photos: The Stunning Native Brook Trout of Western Maine

Written by: Chase Bartee, Tight Loops


The native brookies of the Rapid River are known for their colors and their strength.
Photo by Aimee Savard

While filming for an upcoming short, Aimee and I were fortunate enough to spend a week in Western Maine, walking in the footsteps of Louise Dickinson Rich—who wrote. . .

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Classic Photos: The Mouse and the Big Maine Brook Trout


Sandy and his daughter, Ava, share in the excitement of a big, wild, mouse-eating brook trout.
Photos by Sandy Hays

My friend Sandy Hays—whom I've known since high school and who has photographed many of my international fishing adventures—has a great love of mouse patterns, and he brings them along, . . .

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Photos: A Striper Morning on Maine’s Kennebec River

Written by: Capt. Dave Pecci, Obsession Sportfishing Charters


Schoolie stripers offered a great morning's enjoyment for this Westerner.
Photos by Capt. Dave Pecci

Longtime client John Kern from Salt Lake City joined me on the Kennebec for a morning of striped-bass fly fishing. We had a dropping tide, as we headed out at 5:30 a.m., and as we rounded. . .

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Photos: The Mythical Blueback Trout of Maine

The author shows off his first Maine Arctic char. Photo by Tim Beckwith
You don’t have to travel to the far corners of the earth to fish for rare and exotic salmonids. In fact, you don’t even have to go to the High Sierra, deserts of Arizona or New Mexico, mountains. . .

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