August 24, 2013

Allen Afield: Dixfield guide knows how to reel in fish and satisfied clients

By Ken Allen

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After the brown hit a classic BWO dry during the 10 a.m. hatch, it wouldn't rise to that pattern again, forcing me to switch to a BWO Compara-dun, Variant or Thorax design. After catching the same fish on four different BWO patterns, I'd be out of luck for a while with that particular trout. After two weeks, the 16-inch brown might hit the same fly again.

I asked Clunie if he ever used baitfish or aquatic-insect imitations for bass as trout fly fishers do, and he said, "I'm beginning to work on this theory and have been testing an adult dragonfly imitation lately."

For spin casters after bass, Clunie likes a Mepp's Spinner as long as it has red in it. He once leaned toward tube lures but said, "I don't use them anymore, because people are finding the tubes in bass stomachs."

This movement to prohibit plastic lures that are not biodegradable won't stop.

Clunie is one of the state's most storied bass guides and has guided such luminaries as Lefty Kreh, Richard Carlson (Tucker Carlson's father) and Al Agnew.

After Kreh fished with Clunie, he claimed in a national magazine that the Androscoggin River smallmouth fishery was one of his three favorite fishing holes on the planet. Carlson, an ex-ambassador, is a nationally known figure and Agnew is a noted wildlife painter, which all showed that this good-natured, quiet Dixfield guide is attracting a following.

Ken Allen, of Belgrade Lakes, a writer, editor and photographer, may be reached at:


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