Monday, June 15, 2015

Fly Fishing Maine: Rangeley River

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His first Land Locked Salmon.  Also, his first Rangeley River Grand Slam.

Rangeley River Facts

Location:  Rangeley and Oquossoc Maine area. Google Maps:
Fishing Season: April 01 to September 30th.  Please visit
Special Rules: Fly fishing and catch-n-release only, on barbless hooks.  Please see special rules at
Licensed Required: Yes, general fishing only.
Walk-Wade: Yes.  When water flow is normal, this is a very easy river to walk-wade.
Float Fishing:  No.
Entrance Fee: No.
Camping: Yes. Search nearby options in Oquossoc or Rangeley.
Length:  1.0 Mile.  
Origin:  Rangeley Lake
Termination:  Mooselookmeguntic and Cupsuptic Lake
Depth:  During normal flows, you should be able to walk across the river.
Access: One entrance is off Route 16 (look for a white sign that reads, Rangeley River). Second entrance is via Hatchery Rd, at Oquossoc General Store.  

Why Fish the Rangeley River
  • Access:  One of the easiest rivers to access. Only minutes from Oquossoc.  Great location for beginners, and anglers who have a hard time wading rivers.
  • Native Species:  Wild Eastern Brook Trout, Land Locked Salmon and Wild-Native Chub.
  • Structure: No pools.  Long flat, free stone type river.  Depth picks up as the water flows into the lake.
  • Hatches:  This stretch of water has a great variety of bugs!

Great place to swing a wet fly. 

How to Fish the Rangeley River

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Final Word

If your short on time and you want to wet a line, the Rangeley River might be the spot for you.  If you show up at the right time, you might catch a Brookie, Salmon and Chub; and become an unofficial member of the Rangeley River Grand Slam Club.    

Thanks for reading.  I hope you enjoyed this post.

Gone Fishing,