Plan Your Trip

Frequently Asked Questions

FISHING LICENSE

We highly recommend visiting the Maine state website and purchasing your license prior to your trip.

Click here: Maine State Fishing License

GEAR

Rods, reels, and flies or lures are provided by the guide. However, please feel free to bring your own equipment if you would like to use it! We recommend a 4-6 weight rod for trout and salmon. For smallmouth bass, we recommend a 6-8 weight rod. Waders and wading boots are NOT available from the guide so please bring your own, if needed.

CASH

Some payment applications (i.e. PayPal & Square) charge (~3%) more for credit card transactions so your final price may reflect that charge. To avoid an additional fee, we recommend bringing cash, check, or pay with Venmo, to pay the balance of your guide trip at the end of the fishing day. Plus, guides always appreciate cash gratuities.

GETTING TO MAINE

Portland airport is usually the cheapest option to fly into. However, we fish in central and northern Maine so flying into Portland could make for a 2-5 hour drive. We recommend flying into the Bangor airport because smallmouth bass trips are close and its only a 2-3 hour drive to the North Maine Woods. You could also fly into the Presque Isle airport if you will be fishing and staying in the North Maine Woods, but this can be pricey.

WHAT TO BRING

  1. Maine fishing license
  2. Polarized sunglasses
  3. Hat and Sunscreen
  4. Bug spray
  5. Waders and wading boots (for wading trips)
  6. Wet wading shoes/clothes (for float trips)
  7. Don’t forget the snacks.

WHEN TO FISH IN MAINE?

Open Water Fishing Season: April 1st – Sept 30th

For more detailed information on when and how to fish for certain species in Maine, visit the Choose Your Guided Trip page.

BAD WEATHER OR TOUGH CONDITIONS?

Fishing is fishing – we don’t sell catching. We sell a great experience on the water, developing fishing skills, increasing our anglers knowledge, and working hard to provide a great day on the water. If the weather or waters are un-fishable then we look for alternatives on a case by case basis. We will certainly not be fishing if the weather is dangerous and we can look to rebooking at that point.

DO I TIP ON A GUIDED TRIP?

Guide gratuities are standard practice, however we leave it solely to the discretion of our anglers. People often ask what the appropriate gratuity is for a guide service.  We truly wish for you to have a bucket list experience and we work hard to make that happen. With that in mind, the gratuity rates for fishing trips are considered the same as a restaurant or other service and a 20% tip on the guide day is average for a Registered Maine Guide. Gratuities are a valuable part of a guide’s annual income and remember that when fishing is tough your guide probably worked harder than when fishing is easy.