Mid August update
What a day on the Androscoggin River in the Stealthcraft raft! Getting the fish to stop being lazy took a few adjustments, here's a few that helped us. First we were getting lots of short strikes on our poppers in the morning. We switched over to a Gurgler fly with a few rubber legs. This made for lots of hook up and great action until lunch. After lunch the gurgler quit working so we found more current in the river and started dead drifting crayfish patterns with some split shot. Another adjustment to note on the crayfish. When the split shot slid down to the fly, the bite would stop. Moving the split shot about 6 inches from the fly produced the fish. Figuring it out is half of the fun. Spin fishing wise ned rigs and wacky rigs down deep are still producing consistently, but even this is a finesse presentation for these hot lazy fish. See you on the water!
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Vince Mathews is a Registered Maine Guide and owner of Blue Star Guide Service.