Posted on July 31 2014
Greetings from Rangeley this last day of July. This afternoon we had some real heavy rain around the lake while the rivers north of town only got a little. The rivers in the area are in great shape with normal flow levels and cooling temps after a week of cool temps and cloud cover. The Kennebago was at 62 degrees this morning the Magalloway was at 59-63 degrees yesterday. I have talked to fisherman all week who have been very pleased with the fishing on the Mag. with many good size brookies and salmon being caught. Tan caddis are still around in good numbers and you should choose your flies accordingly. You should also try nymphs with bright and uncommon colors like pink, purple and orange. I was on a river today and the fish where feeding on small, size 16, black caddis. I have received many good reports from the Rapid in the last week so the water temps must still be decent there. They will be running rafting water this week end on the Rapid until noon each day. The big drakes are slowing down on the lakes and ponds but the fish will still be looking up so you can still use those big patterns like the Hornberg, Paradrakes and Wulffs. The Klinkhamer is a great searching pattern when nothing is rising because the body droops down below the surface , this is a feeding trigger to cruising fish. A friend was fishing on Kennebago Lake last week, it was calm with no fish showing anywhere but he caught two nice salmon on a grey Klinkhamer. Remember, the fish have seen a lot of flies in the last couple of months so change things up. Try new flies, new colors, fish a dry fly wet, go down a tippit size smaller than usual. Have a good week end.