June 30, 2013

Allen Afield: A storybook upbringing rediscovered riverside in Windsor

By Ken Allen

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I've said this here before, but in case you missed it I missed my college graduation ceremony because of fishing on that very stretch of river. With trout dimpling the glides everywhere, it was impossible for me to leave.

When Heather finished college, she didn't skip that big day, but she did accompany me on that river right after her graduation, completing a family circle that felt special to me, fishing that same stretch of river after our last day as undergraduates. It showed one stage in life had passed, but it offered promises of what was to come.

My mother was less understanding about me missing the big day. Catching browns and brookies on dry flies rather than standing in line to get a diploma infuriated her. But what fly rodder would begrudge me?

That's May and June in Maine, though. Fishing hits a crescendo that continues into July and August for salmonid trollers, northern Maine brookie ponds, and rivers and large streams that have micro-hatches such as blue-winged olives and tiny light Cahills. My home river has Tricorythodes, which in my humble opinion are uncommon in Maine -- and fun to fish over.

This weekend, before the big summer holiday marks the end of fast May and June salmonid fishing for lots of Maine anglers, serious fishers turn their thoughts to black bass, striped bass, mackerel and maybe blues.

However, veteran anglers know the truth: Salmonid action can continue with micro-patterns, deep-trolling gear or trips north. If tiny flies intimidate folks, salt water and bass ponds and rivers provide sport until waters cool in September, and trout and salmon fishing picks up.

That's what's so grand about Maine -- something going on every month for outdoors types looking for exercise and sport.

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



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