The Maine
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Tag: fly fishing

Magalloway

painting by Jessica Ives Fall fishing at its finest. +++ 207 Paintings post everyish Tuesday around 5:30am EST on both The Maine and jessicaleeives.com. Save thirty percent on a 4×4 inch oil on panel painting by making your purchase within the first week of its posting. Instead of $300 pay just $207, a number which just happens to be the […]

The One That Got Away

photograph and text by Jonathan Ives The parking lot below the Azicohos Dam was empty as we pulled in and turned off the truck’s engine. After three hours of driving in the darkness the sun was finally rising over the Magalloway River in western Maine. My father-in-law, Tom, and I left at 3:30 that morning […]

Tuesday 207: Shadow Of The Bridge

painting by Jessica Ives The Palermo Fish Hatchery sits along the banks of the Sheepscott River.  Inside its buildings, small brown and brook trout are raised to be released in various lakes and rivers around Maine in the spring and fall when water temperatures are still cool. The fish raised here will never have a chance […]

Not All Flies

photos by Jonathan Ives Warm spring weather in Maine mean the bugs come out! Not all flies are black flies.

Tuesday 207: Wading For Spring

painting by Jessica Ives The Sheepscot River is one of eight rivers in Maine that have Atlantic Salmon. These fish need the river’s clean gravel bottom to lay their eggs, and its rapids to aerate the water for their young. Because October is the month that these fish spawn, the Sheepscot and other rivers or streams […]

Tuesday 207: Come Hellgrammite Or High Water

painting by Jessica Ives The winter is the hardest time of the year for fly fisherman. Freezing temperatures mean frozen fingers while handling wet line. Since there are no insect hatches, trout feed on bugs like hellgrammites that are always swimming in the deep waters year round. These large black fly patterns can produce fish even in the […]

Tuesday 207: Fly Guys

painting by Jessica Ives I look into my fly box, and think about all the elements I should consider in choosing the perfect fly: water temperature, what stage of development the bugs are in, what the fish are eating right now. Then I remember what a guide told me: “Ninety percent of what a trout eats […]

Tuesday 207: Shaded Riffles

painting by Jessica Ives Riffle: A riffle is a rocky, shallow area in a stream where water cascading over rocks creates a noticeable surface disturbance. To identify a riffle, look for a choppy surface or whitewater spilling over shallow rocks into deeper water. A good riffle will fulfill all of the basic needs of a trout. […]

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