Photos: The Stunning Native Brook Trout of Western Maine

Written by: Chase Bartee, Tight Loops


The native brookies of the Rapid River are known for their colors and their strength.
Photo by Aimee Savard

While filming for an upcoming short, Aimee and I were fortunate enough to spend a week in Western Maine, walking in the footsteps of Louise Dickinson Rich—who wrote We Took to the Woods—on the Rapid River. The fine folks at Lakewood Camps accommodated us with warm beds and hearty meals, while the powerful and beautiful native brook trout provided memories that will last us a lifetime.

Chase Bartee and Aimee Savard are the people behind Tight Loops, fly fishing artist collective addicted to the outdoors, adventure, and old Volkswagens. We have featured most of their fabulous videos on this blog over the past couple of years and will continue to do so.


Chase surveys Lower Richardson Lake from the big rock in front of Lakewood Camps.
Photo by Aimee Savard

Aimee releases another healthy brook trout of a size we don’t see too often anymore in much of the country.
Photo by Chase Bartee

Chase sets up the camera to catch another angling scene.
Photo by Aimee Savard

These beautiful trout are uniquely adapted to the fast currents of the Rapid, the steepest river in New England,
Photo by Aimee Savard

The Winter House was once the home of Louise Dickinson Rich.
Photo by Aimee Savard

5 thoughts on “Photos: The Stunning Native Brook Trout of Western Maine”

  1. Having been to Lakewood Camps and fished the Rapid River on a number of occasions, I can attest to the fabulous Brook Trout and Atlantic Salmon fishing in that area of Maine. Maureen and Whit provide a top notch experience with 5 star hospitality in the middle of nowhere!

  2. A beautiful spot, was at camp when these two filmed, was a pleasure to meet them and now to see their photos

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