As I write this the temperature at 2 PM is 32 degrees with freezing rain and a strong easterly wind. Not what you would want or expect for an April 16 afternoon even in Maine. Patriots Day is today here in New England a regional holiday that is at times as confusing as the weather. The bank and state offices are closed but the mail is delivered.
The season is getting underway; with the cover scheduled to come off of the Lund tomorrow and my first pike fishing trip of the year on Wednesday morning; that is if the weather cooperates. All of my big guide events are now behind me. The Maine Professional Guides Association annual banquet was a little over a week ago with 250 attending. Argy and I are just back from the Orvis Guide Rendezvous. (story below).
I am planning to check in with last years clients to gather their thoughts on what could have been differently to improve their experience. So if you were on a trip with Maine Outdoors last season look for the survey soon.
From here on out the season only gets busier and with the ice now out in most of our lakes the fishing will only get better (and warmer). If you are ready to make a reservation for the coming season reply to this message or give me a call.
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Orvis Guide Rendezvous
Argy and I just returned from Ashville, NC where I attended the Orvis Guide Rendezvous #OGR18. I enjoy the opportunity to visit and swap ideas with my Orvis Endorsed peers from around the world. What would several hundred fly fishing guides have to talk about for three days you ask?
Orvis rolled out their new H3 fly rod. After the incredible improvement of rods over the last 50 years what could possibly be different or better? It is which means that over the next few years all of my client rods will be gradually switched over. I found it to cast further and landed the fly where I wanted even more than the current generation of rods.
We also learned about the new effort to get more women into fly fishing that they are calling 50 / 50 on the water. I applaud the effort first fly fishing is a great sport and should be open to men and women taking part; second because it is an effort that may help with the funding crisis that is about to face fish and wildlife conservation. I have written on that topic before. The Orvis Freshwater Fly Fishing guide of the year also happens to be a woman.