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2529 Main St, Rangeley, ME 04970Get directions
For almost 75 years the Rangeley Region Sports Shop has been serving fly fishermen and outdoor enthusiasts as Maine's premier fly shop. The shop was established in 1945 and was originally named Fletcher's Fly Shop. We are located on Main Street in Rangeley village. Our goal is to offer the best products with unmatched customer service. Our other goal is to be your first choice resource for fly fishing and other outdoor activities in the Rangeley area. From teaching and equipping the beginner to assisting the experienced angler, each relationship is important to us. We offer a fully equipped fly shop for the angler and fly tier. We have Sage, Orvis, Douglas, and Redington fly rods and reels; Rio, Airflo, and Orvis lines and leaders; and Simms, Korkers, and Orvis waders and boots. We also carry a comlete selection of fly tying supplies and tools from Renzetti, Regal and Dyna-King and more. We carry hackle from Collins Hackle Farms and Whiting Hackle. Our fly selection is extensive and all tied locally. With our guide services we specialize in instruction and guiding on world class brook trout and salmon rivers. On the information side we offer a very popular weekly fishing report and an informational blog. Our staff looks forward to serving you as stewards of this great tradition in the "Land of Fishing Legends".
It all began in the mid-1860s when the stories of giant brook trout made their way into the newspapers of east coast cities. George Shepard Page returned from a trip to Rangeley with eight brook trout weighing up to eight pounds each. Blue back trout were native to the waters and the primary food source, and most likely responsible for the brookies’ large size. Locals would harvest the blue back trout by the wagon full to live on and sell. In 1876, landlocked salmon were introduced along with smelt. This lead to the final demise of the blueback trout by the early 1900s. A new industry of guiding and catering to fishermen sprang up. Large hotels and sporting camps were built and people flocked to the Rangeley lakes for the fresh air and plentiful fish and game. The “golden age” of the Rangeley Lake Region lasted through the 1930s. Fishing was still good, but the unregulated keeping of large catches brought the inevitable decline of the size and number of fish. With the advent of the automobile and the mobility it provided, visitors no longer stayed for extended periods of time. In the late 1930s train service was discontinued and the heyday was coming to an end. Today the grand hotels are gone, but people are still discovering the area for the first time. The brook trout and salmon remain and still challenge fishermen from around the country and the world.
The fly fishing opportunities in the Rangeley Region have to be seen to be believed. We are blessed with large cold water lakes connected by rivers that create the perfect habitat for native brook trout and landlocked salmon. This is a place where the fish are well fed and trophy sized. The opportunity to catch the largest brook trout of your life happens at every cast. Rivers with history and storied names like Rapid, Magalloway, Kennebago, and Cupsuptic could be the site of your next adventure. The landscape is also dotted with many small fly fishing only ponds that are home to native brookies and ready to be explored with canoe paddle in hand.