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10/29/10 – high water

10/29/10 – Well this is the last Friday Update for the year. Next week I’ll start the Thursday Reviews.

I’d keep doing the Friday Updates if I could write something besides “water is high – bugs are few.” And I’m afraid that sums up this week’s review – not much has changed in the last week.

Wet fly tied with a partridge feather

I did see some caddis (no Blue Winged Olives) Tuesday as I fished Madison at 6,000CFS. I also caught and lost fish so even at that flow they are there and they don’t all have lockjaw yet. The flow in

Flows are like that up and down the river. The East Outlet is running at 3,200CFS and probably will be for a few more days. I’m planning on hitting there next week (open down from the dam down to the Beach Pool only after Oct. 31st) if the flows allow but I won’t be there this weekend.  Not at 3,200CFS – I’ll pass. The Gorge isn’t much better with a 3,950CFS flow all day today. All my October spots are flooded – bummer. Thank goodness there is some moving water near camp that stays open until December because it looks like that will be my water for the rest of the season.

Madison is a little lower today (5,260CFS) but still not low enough for easy wading. Thankfully the trout move to the edges and into back eddies when the main stem is too high for wading.

Bingham is at 4,800CFS all day, Williams is at 4,700CFS, Madison as I mentioned above is at 5,260CFS and Shawmut is at 9,083CFS – all fishable from the edges or from boats but all too high for comfortable wading. However, since all it takes to drastically change the flows at any of these locations be sure and call the flow phone (1-800-557-3569) and/or check the USGS website (click USGS to follow the link) for flows – who knows they may drop overnight.

How do you like the looks of the feather on the caddis pattern. Does it look familiar? If you hunt birds in Maine and you’ve shot a partridge you might recognize it. Those feathers make a good looking wing and the same feather does a good job as a soft hackle wrap as shown in the wet fly picture. Both of these flies and the Brown Eyed Girl fly I showed last week were tied with Partridge.

Fly called Partridge Prayer

They were also tied at camp under a gas light so please forgive the bumpy body and heads on the flies. Hard to see what you’re doing without good lights but fortunately the fish don’t seem to mind the bumps and stray threads.

But back to fishing. This is the last weekend for a lot of water. Be sure and check your rule book before you wet a line. And don’t forget the Kennebec River fishing ends on the 31st (Halloween). The exceptions to that are the East Outlet from the dam to the Yellow markers at the bottom of the beach pool and the river from the lower Madison dam down to tidewater. The rest of the river is closed until spring.

So get out if you can and be sure and check the flows before you go. Next week look for a Thursday Review and stay safe on the water.

Partridge feathers

 

And here’s list of some moving open water’s you might want to hit. 

Crooked River, Albany to Casco, etc. (Cumberland and Oxford Counties): S-1. • From Route 35 (North Waterford), to Route 11 (Casco): April 1 – September 30: S-5; S-22; minimum length limit on landlocked salmon: 26 inches.
• From Bolster’s Mill Road bridge downstream to Route 11 in Casco: October 1 – October 15, S-5, S-22; minimum length limit on salmon: 26 inches. All other fish caught must be released alive at once.

Mattawamkeag River, Haynesville, Weston, Bancroft, Reed Plt., Drew Plt., Kingman Twp. From the Route 171 bridge in Reed Plt., downstream to the Route 170 bridge in Kingman: Remains open to open
water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Passadumkeag River. From Saponac Lake downstream to its confluence with the Penobscot River, Grand Falls Twp., Burlington, Lowell, Summit Twp., Passadumkeag. Open to open water fishing
and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: S-33. From October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Penobscot River, West Branch, from the dam at North Twin Lake to Quakish Lake, T3 Indian Purchase, Millinocket. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Penobscot River, West Branch, Medway dam to the confluence of East and West Branches in Medway, Medway. S-33. The area within 150 feet of any part of the Medway Dam, including the powerhouse: closed to fishing at all time. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Pushaw Stream, Hudson, etc. From the railroad bridge in Hudson downstream to Pushaw Lake and from Pushaw Lake downstream to Stillwater River: Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Sebasticook River, East Branch, Newport, Plymouth, Detroit. S-19. General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply from April 1 – September 30. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Seboeis Stream, Howland. Remains open to open water fishing from October 1 – December 31. S-6, S-7.

Grand Lake Stream, Grand Lake Stream Plantation, etc. S-5 from April 1 – October 20, including that portion of the stream adjacent to the hatchery pools. Closed to all fishing within 150 feet of Grand Lake Stream dam. From April 1 – August 15: S-19, S-22. From October 1- 20: All fish caught must be released alive at once.

Great Works River, South Berwick, North Berwick. From Route 9 downstream to the confluence with Salmon Falls River; From October 1 – March 31: S-6. All fish caught must be released at once.

Black River, Big, T14R14&15, etc. S-13. From October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only. From the confluence of Five Mile Brook in T15R14 WELS upriver to the confluence of Depot Stream in T14R15 WELS. A. S-13, S-19.

Daaquam River, T11R17 WELS. S-13. From October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

St. John River, T11R16&17, T12R15&16, T13R14&15, T14R13&14, T15R13, T16R12 WELS, Allagash, St. Francis (upstream of the confluence with the St. Francis River). S-13. From October 1 –
November 30: S-6, S-13. Open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

Carrabassett River.
• From its source in Carrabassett Valley downstream to Rt. 146 crossing: S-5, S-19. From October 1 – October 31, S-5, S-21.
• From Rt. 146 crossing to its confluence with the Kennebec River in North Anson: S-19. From October 1 – October 31: S-6, S-21.
• From its confluence with the West Branch of the Carrabassett River to Rt. 146 crossing: Children 16 years of age and under may fish under S-4.

Dead River.
• From the outlet of Flagstaff Lake to the confluence with the Kennebec River at The Forks: S-6, S-13. Minimum length limit on brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 2 fish. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7. • From Grand Falls to the confluence of Spencer Stream, including all unnamed tributaries: S-7.

Dead River, South Branch, from Route 16 bridge in Dallas Plt. to Langtown Mill bridge: S-19. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7.

Rangeley River, Rangeley. S-1.
• That portion of Rangeley Lake and Rangeley River from two red markers set about 300 feet above the fish screen downstream to the confluence of the Rangeley and Kennebago Rivers: S-5. Daily limit: 1 fish.
• From downstream side of dam on outlet of Rangeley Lake to the confluence of the Rangeley and Kennebago River, remains open from October 1 – 31: S-5, S-7.

Sandy River, Madrid, Philips, Strong, etc.
• From its origin at the outlet of the Sandy River Ponds to the upper (Route 142) bridge in Phillips: S-6, S-13, S-19, S-33.
• From the upper (Route 142) bridge in Phillips, downstream to its confluence with the Kennebec River, Starks and Norridgewock: S-13, S-19, S-33. From October 1 – October 31: S-6, S-21, S-33.

Swift River, Byron, etc. From the Rt. 17 bridge crossing located south of Coos Canyon in Byron, south to the confluence with the Androscoggin River: Remains open from October 1 – December 31: S-6, S-7.

Moosehorn Stream, Bucksport. Remains
open to open water fishing from
October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-7.

Kennebec River, East Outlet. From Moosehead Lake downstream to the red markers at Indian Pond: Open to fishing April 1. From April 1 – April 30: S-5, S-7. From May 1 – September 30: S-5. Total daily bag limit for trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 1 fish. Minimum length on trout, landlocked salmon and togue: 14 inches. From October 1 – 31: S-5, S-7. From the dam at Moosehead Lake to yellow markers at tail of Beach Pool: Open to fishing from November 1 – March 31: S-5, S-7.

Kennebec River, West Outlet, Taunton and Raynham Academy Grant, Sapling Twp. Open to fishing from April 1 – August 15: S-19. From August 16 – March 31: S-6, S-19. All landlocked salmon caught must be released alive at once.

Saint John River, Baker Branch, T7R1718&19 WELS. S-13. Remains open from October 1 – November 30: S-6, S-13, open to taking bass and muskellunge only.

St. George River, from St. George Lake in Liberty, downstream to the head of tide in Warren. Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31. Minimum length on trout: 12 inches. Total daily bag limit on salmon, trout, and togue: 1 fish.

Megunticook River, Camden. Open to open water fishing and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: S-19, General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.

Medomak River, Waldoboro. From the outlet of Medomak Pond to the head of tide: Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, S-33, General Law terminal gear provisions apply year-round.

Millinocket Stream, T1R8 WELS, T3 Indian Purchase. From Millinocket Lake Dam downstream to Millinocket Town Line: Open to open water fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, General
Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.

Mousam River, from Acton to Kennebunk, Open to open water and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31: General Law size limits, bag limits, and terminal gear provisions apply year-round, except from the dam immediately upstream of Route 1 to tidewater, where the minimum length limit on brown trout and rainbow trout is 14 inches.

Saco River: Danger! Rapidly rising water levels associated with river dam operations could pose a danger to anglers!
• From the Maine/New Hampshire border in Fryeburg to Cataract Dam in Saco: open to open water fishing and ice fishing from January 1 – December 31, S-19, General Law terminal gear provisions and length limits apply year-round.
• From Skelton Dam to Cataract Dam: S-33.