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Green drakes on Kennebago Lake

Kennebago Muddler

Bill Stevens Registered Guide



A green drake sunrise on Kennebago Lake
I've been lucky enough to have been fishing Kennebago on and off since 1958.  Last Saturday and Sunday were perhaps the best two days that I have ever experienced.  I was set to guide a man and his wife for both days, and when I got up at 5am to brew the coffee and get ready for the day's adventures, I experienced something that I had only read about.


Prolific Drake Hatch
As I walked down to my 20' square-ender canoe to remove the cover, it was literally covered with dozens, if not hundreds of mayflies, mostly what seemed to be green and brown drakes. 

Remember the movie Jaws, when the captain said "we're gonna need a bigger boat"? 

A big 'un!
I think I mumbled something to myself that "My clients and I are gonna have a pretty good day."  I was absolutely wrong....it was a fantastic day:)  And I knew I'd need some more tippit too.


It really didn't matter where we fished....the drakes were just about everywhere and the trout were on the "bite" for certain.  The weather cooperated with little or no wind, and a few clouds, but no thunder storms. 


Why is he smiling? Too tired to cry:)

The fly of the day was a #12 dark hendrickson, but my clients had success with a Hornberg, Royal Wulff, and even a Black Ghost the next day. 


One of the most interesting (and annoying) events of the day was a pair of loons, arguably the best fishers on the lake. Each of the critters followed our canoe and managed to steal a trout from both of my sports.  They showed no fear of us, and continually dove underneath the canoe in search of a free meal.


I chuckled to them that I could probably get them into fish using a bent nail with some red yarn tied on for good luck too.  By 10am the first day they stopped counting the number of fish caught and released.  Many were in the 6-10" range, but each sport caught 5-6 in the 12-14" range also.  

Kennebago brookie


As they left Sunday evening one asked me if the fishing was always this good.....I smiled and said the fishing is always pretty good on Kennebago, but they were certainly witness to one of the best hatches and fish activity I've ever seen in this man's lifetime. 

A splasher


A great time was had by all.


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by kennebago muddler

Master Maine Guide-Fly Fishing, in Maine's Kennebago Region. Was introduced to Kennebago by my uncle, Roger Verrill (a Maine Guide for 55 years), my grandfather, and my father in 1958. Been going back as often as possible ever since.

Now retired and living in Punta Gorda Florida, learning how to fish the saltwater flats....and loving it!
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Monday, June 27 2011 @ 04:29 PM EDT

Great story Bill.  When we get photo's added it will be magnificant.



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Dave V

Monday, June 27 2011 @ 04:45 PM EDT

Nice job .  From the story I am very jealous.  Sounds like a very good time by all. Looking fwd to the pictures Dave V


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Dave V

Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 04:08 PM EDT

Nice addition to the post with the photos Bill. Keep em coming nice work .   Dave V

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Edited on Tuesday, June 28 2011 @ 04:10 PM EDT by Dave V


Wednesday, June 29 2011 @ 07:50 AM EDT


I edited the story and made your link at the bottom look a little nicer, sorry to hijack your story.



Lee Goldsmith
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Wednesday, June 29 2011 @ 01:41 PM EDT

Bill nice story and great pics. I really like the one of the sunrise, what a way to start the day.

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