I spent most of October guiding grouse hunters at Libby Camps in northern Maine. The month was unbelievably wet with a series of major rain storms that brought all of the streams and rivers to bank full and more. One Sunday I was supposed to guide fisherman but it was simply raining too hard and blowing a gale. In the afternoon I suggested that we take a ride to see if we could spot a moose. We did find a small bull but the most notable thing was that the water was not only over the road in several places but running right down the road and over a foot deep in places.
The first week in October was a little too warm but it was hard to complain. I spent the week at Libby Camps in northern Maine guiding grouse and woodcock hunters and spent an afternoon fishing for brook trout in one of the ponds open to fishing in October. Most afternoons it was simply too hot for the dogs to work, one day the temperature was 80 degrees at 4PM. Hard to imagine in Northern Maine in October. One thing that I did notice was that there is no afternoon breeze off of the water that far inland. Here near the coast all but the hottest days cool off after around 2.
Last Saturday I guided a couple from Colorado on their first striper fishing trip. It was cool and clear with no wind. I did not find any fish in the harbor but as I headed down river we found ourselves among large schools of breaking stripers including this nice one.
We caught fish steadily for the entire trip and I am certain that they are bragging about Maine fishing to their friends and neighbors right now.
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