Into the North Maine Woods, and Into the Past

We were about four hours into an all-day hike, fishing our way upstream on a gorgeous brook-trout and landlocked-salmon river in a remote corner of Maine’s Baxter State Park, when guide Jeff LaBree stopped next to a seemingly uninteresting stretch . . .

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Phil’s Top 10 Dry Flies for Mountain Streams

In late summer, many of the valley rivers in Southwestern Vermont get low and warm. That’s when I head for the hills, by which I mean the Green Mountains. This beautiful stretch of the Appalachians is veined by tumbling freestone streams that are home . . .

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Classic Story: The Doc, the River, and Lessons Learned

Although I had been a fisherman since early childhood, I didn’t learn to fly-fish until I was in graduate school at the University of New Hampshire in the late 1980s. My older brother, Brian, lived nearby, and he taught me to cast one chilly January day in . . .

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Pro Tips: 6 Flies for Mountain Brook Trout in Early Summer

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ve no doubt noticed how much I love chasing wild brook trout in mountain freestone streams. As soon as the springtime hatches on the Battenkill are over, I head for the hills with my Superfine Glass 3-weight . . .

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Story and Photos: Just What the Doctor Ordered

One August afternoon several years ago, I returned to my desk at Orvis HQ to find that my neighbor, Tom Rosenbauer, was missing. Taped to the back of his chair was a hand-scrawled sign that said, “At an appointment with Doctor Triceau.” Once I . . .

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Libby Camps, Day Two: The Dream Stream

Our second day at Libby Camps in the Maine North Woods dawned clear and calm, perfect weather for a short flight and a long day on the water. After flying the guides and gear over to a lake at the western border of Baxter State Park, lodge owner and . . .

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Book Excerpt: Brook Trout and Beaver Ponds

With the exception of small freestone streams, no type of aquatic habitat is more identified with brook trout than beaver ponds. In areas such as interior Maine, they are more important to the brook trout angler than freestone streams, which are often . . .

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