January 4, 2016

Wanderlust - North To Maine

Ugh, my little winter vacation is over. It was nice while it lasted, but it's time to get back after it today.

At the end of the summer, my thoughts wandered west to Yosemite. While few places can even attempt to be as picturesque, recently I've been thinking quite a bit about Maine, let's take a few moments to visit, if only from afar...

Photo: MCTU

Photo: Maine Woods Tourism

Photo: Weatherby's

Photo: Mainely Flyfishing

Photo: Captain Kimo

I don't recall ever being in Maine, although it could be possible as I visited New Hampshire once as a kid. I tend to block out that trip as I was scarred by my first Moxie exposure.

Jokes aside, I'd really like to get back to that area of the country again as an adult to soak in the whole experience. Not just for the fly fishing (& tenkara opportunities), but the local flavor, the beautiful nature and wildlife, and all of the maritime history that makes that part of New England unique.

Anybody have any suggestions regarding vacationing and/or fly fishing in Maine? I'd love to learn more about your experience in the comments below. I think this could be an ideal Summer or Fall family getaway, quite a bit different than Florida at the very least.


  1. Let me know if you make it up! I know a few good Tenkara spots...

  2. I have a sister who lives in the Portland area and have been up there many times. Maine is a great place for a outdoors kind of vacation. I have done some tenkara fishing for small mouth bass but I would highly recommend visiting Acadia National Park....it's beautiful. It has a good mixture of the North woods and rocky New England coast all in the same location.

  3. Facebook persons Ben Rioux or Kathy Scott could probably point you in the right direction. I've met them both, really nice people who I'm sure could give you some good ideas.

  4. The coast is a blast on the fly from mid-late June on. Stripers and blues... but if your on the right bit of rocks, small shiny flies can result in a blast of a time on mackerel and pollack as well. Inland, there are innumerable lakes, streams, rivers full of trout, small mouth and large mouth bass, and even pike and musky in places... Not to mention the famous landlocks and brookies of the Rangely region. It's a great place to explore!

  5. I really enjoy these "wanderlust" posts of yours, Mike. I wanderlust daily! I've always wanted to venture East to the coast for the food alone (I'm a fan of Triple D). Fishing would be a bonus. There are quite a few craft breweries out that way I would love to stop at, too. Thanks, for the work distraction!

  6. Mike it's a must you visit Maine. It's all that you will ever want and then some.....Moxie rules.