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kennebago river taken by the rangeley fly shop

Fishing Report - August 4 2017

Sorry for the delay in this report I forgot what day it was. The summer weather cycle continues as usual here in the mountains. A couple of hot days followed by afternoon rain. Although the days were warm the nights in the back country cooled into the 40's. We have received over an inch of rain in the last 2 days and more is expected over the week end. The Magalloway and Rapid remain at good flow levels while the freestones and Kennebago are down to normal summer flows. They will be at rafting flows on the Rapid this coming week end. The Magalloway  is moving into its period of finicky feeding. The fish are still there but the catching success can change day to day. Bugs are getting smaller  and fewer and the fish have seen it all. Using small and less flashy nymphs is what I do. Size 18 and 20 WD 40 and WD 50,small caddis emergers and soft hackles. The smaller size Klinkhamers are the best bet on the surface in size 14 to 18. I fished all morning the other day on a small stream using one fly, a number 14 rusty klink and caught 20 to 30 small brookies. The headwaters are the place to be during the warm spells of August if you aren't looking for big fish but just the adventure and solitude of the woods.


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