Written by: Bill Walak
Maine and an Orvis Superfine Glass 5-weight. This is what dreams are made of.
Maine is one of America’s last strongholds for native Eastern brook trout, and to see these fish reach this size is truly amazing. I often dream about catching the trout that Hemingway wrote of in “Big Two-Hearted River” or being able to fish the Brule with “The President” in a Gordon MacQuarrie story from the past. The truth is that Maine can take you back to that place.
When I’m trapped at my job dreaming about places I’d rather be, I am overcome with guilt that I am not out there drifting a dry fly for the chance at one of these monsters. Then reality sets in, and I realize that I live in a place where on any given day off, I can step out my back door and after a short drive and a good cup of coffee, be waist deep in a stream with one of these guys on the end of my line. I feel extremely fortunate and blessed to live in a state that allows me the opportunity to fish rivers, lakes, and streams that most people only dream of experiencing once or twice in a lifetime.
As long as Maine continues enforcing its strict fishing regulations and certain catch-and-release policies, we will have these spectacular fish for generations to come.
Bill Walak is a veterinarian who lives in South Berwick, Maine. Follow him on Instagram.