Reviews

Maine Outdoors on Orvis' web site here with reviews

Don K is a great guide an although I did not make it up to Maine this season, But in the past seasons of fly fishing with him have been rewarding. A.J.

 

Don - Thanks for the great time on the water today!  I am buying a boat and moving to ME!!…….not really.  I will visit more often.  I love it.

Ward

 

Don walks the walk...worked hard to make sure he put me where the fish were and then it was up to me to turn fishing into catching....and I was able to end the day with a smile on my face and a promise to hook up with Don when I return to Maine.

Rich

 

Don Kleiner is a wonderful guide. We had a wonderful day fly fishing with him today. Highly recommend a trip with him!

Steve

 

Had a great day fishing with Don. He is always a pleasure to be with whether you are hunting or fishing. Thanks Don!

Warren

 

Always enjoy a day on the lake catching fish with Don!!!

Neal

 

A perfect day.

Ralf

 

Don: that was an absolute delight yesterday. We look forward to our next trip to St George!

Don

 

 

We had a beautiful morning on the St. George river, caught fish, and had a great experience with Don. Thanks!

Josh

 

This was my third trip but the first for my friend of 44 years. We have both been fishing and hunting guides where we grew up and can't compare to Don. As usual the trip was as much fun talking and joking with Don as catching Large and Small mouth bass on the lake. When we got back to the landing our wives were there and he offered to take us all back out to see the Loon chicks that had just hatched out which was a real joy for us all.

Thanks Don, see you on our next trip. Danny

 

It was such a pleasure to enjoy a half day of striper fishing with Don! Catching fish is part of the experience and we caught lots, but the personality of the guide is even more important. Don get's a A+ on both accounts. Great time!!

Ray & Kristin

 

Don's jovial and patient guidance made for an excellent fishing trip. His advice and knowledge helped these novices catch several fish. It was a thoroughly pleasant day. Thanks for everything Don!

The McNeils

 

One of the most enjoyable 3 days of fishing I have experienced. I have fished with guides in many parts of the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, and I think Don provided an experience as good, or better, than any other I have had over the last 20 years. The highest compliment I can give is that we booked again for next year as soon as this years trip was completed.

Joe

Don convinced my 12 year old nephew to go for a ride on the boat and told he'd take him back if he got bored. 3 hours later my nephew had out fished me and had a great time! Thanks for the awesome afternoon and the excellent fishing. Hope to return next year.

Scott

We've now gone on 3 fishing trips with Don.  He is a wonderful teacher to my 6 and 4 year olds showing them how to fish but also the fun of it.  He's also great with the adults.  We'll be back next summer for more adventures.

Walter

 

Thanks so much for the fishing experience and tour of Lake Megunticook.  My wife and two boys and I had a fantastic time catching 30 fish between the four of us.  Your great stories and personality were icing on the cake!

Ken

 

Mr. Don, I can't express in words the appreciation I have for you and your memory making ability. My son Tanner has told everyone about the fantastic time he had catching and releasing all those perch. My hat is off to you Don for making a father's time with his a most memorable experience.

David

My newly named husband and I went up to Maine for our honeymoon, and fell in love with the state. We had two days with Don that were absolutely spectacular. I have never met someone with so much joy and charisma--you can really tell that Don loves what he does. I felt like I was with a good friend or family uncle the entire time of our trip. Don made us so comfortable and catered to what we wanted to see, do and enjoy. We are planning to come back up next year, and will definitely come back for another guided tour. It made our Maine experience that much more wonderful! Thank you, Don!!

“Don was a great guide. Made it a lot of fun. Back next year” Mike

“Don was incredible! Great teacher. We had a wonderful time. Would recommend a fishing trip with Don to anyone! Thank you Don!” Wally

 

My very first time fly fishing.  We had a blast.  Don was an excellent teacher.  Provided everything we needed.... especially the fish.

I only have one complaint.... I will now always want to go fishing with a guide like Don.  What a difference it makes getting to where the fish are and having someone show you the ropes on how to catch them.  I am now spoiled...

Kinda like if you have never flown first class, you don't know what you're missing.... Well now I have flown first class.

Mike B.

 

Thanks so much for a great day!  The kids truly had a blast and wanted to go again today.  

Hopefully next year.  Bill
 

Thank you, Master Maine Guide Don, for the wonderful fishing adventure you provided for my granddaughter, Catherine.  She enjoyed all the attention you gave her and really appreciated your showing her all the wildlife,  She liked the red fox the best!  My son and I both were pleased as to how good you got her to cast.  Many, many thanks for this special Maine outing.

Ron, John and Catherine

 

I've been fishing with Don a few times but this time it was 3 generations. My father, myself and my daughter scheduled a trip.The smallmouth were biting and we had a blast. My daughter was the queen of the day. It was all about her and Don in his normal fashion made it all possible.

He catered to her every need from food to the restroom.  He had my 11-year old casting and retrieving like a pro. Who cared if the fish weren't biting?Don educated  her all the wildlife, water and the sights. Don is great with all generations and we highly recommend him for you.

John

 

Went fishing on the lake with my husband , my 7 yr old son and Don. He took care of my son and my husband and I were able to fish and enjoy the beauty of Maine while our son was fishing and having an awesome time as well. Don is such an awesome guide. Our next trip to Maine, will defiantly include booking another trip with Don!! Highly recommended. Thanks for the great fishing trip!!

Jeff & Jennifer

 

My boys and I went fishing on Lake Megunticook w/ Don.  He is awesome and the morning we spent was perfect.  Don is particularly patient with beginners and my boys loved him.  What a great day!  Thanks Don for an unforgettable experience.  We will be back!

Scott, Cam and Brody

 

Don was a real pro...lots of positive conversation and even more fish! The shore lunch and sights were fabulous.

Many thanks!

Hank

 

We recently went on a canoeing trip with Don.  It was a reunion of sorts in that we had taken a trip with him nearly 18 years ago.

He was as wonderful and enthusiastic as we had remembered.  There were 8 in our party and we watched eagles and the beautiful Maine landscape on a peaceful morning.  It was a great trip!

Beth

 

We spent a day with Don and had a blast!  We caught plenty of bass and enjoyed the experience Don had to share with my wife and myself.  I think my wife's fly casting improved through Don's guidance and she caught the biggest bass of the day.  Anyway, from start to finish, the day was tons of fun.

Sam

Once again our fishing trip with Don was one of the highlights of our trip.  He is the ultimate guide and a pleasure to be with.  Our fishing time was over in a flash!  See you the next time we're in town.

Dianne

What a great time we all had with you. Thanks for being so great with my grandkids; they will never forget fishing with you and that goes for me too. Thanks Poppie

 

Don,
Harvey and I had the great time that I am getting used to having with you. It
was a good way for me to get to know my new son-in-law. Thank you for the
picture of me with that good bass. I'm having fun showing it around to my
friends. Hope to see you again next year.

         Frank

First Time in Maine

With friends Chris and Carol, my wife Jackie, and I wanted to explore the
natural world of Maine and chose a trip with Don based on his huge knowledge
and experience of the area. This being our first visit to New England.
We were not disappointed, and spent a glorious morning exploring Seven Tree
Pond and the river learning about the various habitats and nature.
(If anyone fishes out a pair of spectacles from the bottom of the pond their
mine!)
Thanks Don

Peter

 

My wife and I really enjoyed our boat ride / fishing trip with Don. I caught several bass and we both saw some great scenery.  My wife doesn't fish, but was very glad she went out on the water with us.  Don is a very entertaining person and knows the Megunticook like the back of his hand.

If you are in the Camden area, or close to it, call Don for a memorable day on the water.

David N

 

A morning of fishing with Don for bass in Camden Maine just can't be beat.

Don is professional, knowledgeable, and friendly- and was able to help my 70 year old mother catch the fish of the day! She is still talking about how much fun she had that morning.

Thanks Don!

Steve B

 

Fishing Trip Review

My two sons and I had the pleasure of finding Don on the Internet and what a great pleasure it was to spend the morning with him. The fish I think took the day off but the time I got to spend with my Sons was priceless. Don made our fishing trip an experience of a lifetime, we saw seals, three families of porpoises and got to know Don as a person and now consider him a good friend.

We will definitely being seeing Don in the near future. Don was a wealth of local lore and we enjoyed every minute of our conversation. If you  want a memorable boat ride then I would recommend visiting www.maineoutdoors.biz and make your own family memories.

Sincerely,

David, Josh and Tanner

Fishing Trip Review

Had a great morning of fishing with Don on the St George river. He was right on time for an early start, and worked to put us in the best spots to catch fish. I am a relatively experience fly fisherman, and Don provided tips when needed while leaving me free to fish in the right spots.

He was a real pleasure to share a morning with and we did some great sightseeing as well as fishing.

Keith M

Family Fishing Trip Review

Don picked up my two sons and myself at the B&B he suggested, the Inns at Blackberry Common in Camden, ME. He was spot on with this, we had a beautiful room and amazing breakfasts there!

Don is one of the special people you meet whom has a love for what he does. He is an experienced guide and fisherman and represents the best of what the State of Maine has to offer. He made our trip so enjoyable from the great fishing techniques he showed my sons to gorgeous views and incredible fishing. I was most impressed with his patience he had with my 12 and 14 year old boys. They really didn't have much experience with freshwater fishing and his coaching insured they both caught a lot of fish and a great time! We will be back again!

 

From an Early June Eagle Watching Trip

Hi Don,

We want to thank you again for the great experience on the eagle watch on Wednesday.  Linda and I had a wonderful time seeing all of the eagles and the babies.  You were very Two eagles against a bright blue sky!knowledgeable and great at finding the eagles and other wildlife.  It was so enjoyable that we will be doing it again.  I have already referred an eagle lover friend to you to do your eagle watch tour.

If you send me your email, I will send you some photos.  Thanks again!  Linda

From a Fly Fishing Client on the Orvis site


From Trip Advisor

To get the most out of our 7 days in Camden we hired a Master Maine Guide called Don Kleiner (maineoutdoors.biz) and I cannot recommend this man highly enough as he gave us 2 days of absolute Maine perfection.

We were picked up at Abigails by Don who greeted us as if we were old friends for our first trip which was a half days fishing on Megunticook lake. We had only just pushed away from shore when Don spotted an osprey which was an amazing start for us but it just got better and better with eagles, loons, woodpeckers and even deer but to name a few...plus we caught a fair few bass and pike. Its amazing how he sees something then tells you where to cast to and a fish is on...though it wouldn't have bothered us if we didn't catch as the sound of a woodpecker hammering away on an incredibly beautiful silent lake was worth the trip alone.

Our second trip was a full day where we gave Don the opportunity to create his own itinerary and he duly obliged with a stunning tour of the spectacular Acadia National Park...Thanks Mr Kleiner for the memories and I hope we meet again


Also from Trip Advisor

Spent the first 7 days of September at Camden in 2009 and the weather was fantastic every day. Well into the 70 degrees, light winds and no fog

It could have rained every day and we would still have enjoyed every minute of this wonderful part of the world

Abigails Inn, Acadia National park and a day out with Don Kleiner at Maine outdoors (oops a blatant plug there..sorry)

david


From Happy Clients

Don,

Of all the guides I have had on trips in my life, and there have been many, you are the best!

Ernie B.

Don,

Thank you again for such a wonderful paddling experience. It is one we won't soon forget and will most certainly turn us into regular paddlers once we get to Oregon. We hope you have a successful season. You are a most enjoyable guide. Sincerely, Ron & BarbDon, Thank you again for such a wonderful paddling experience. It is one we won't soon forget and will most certainly turn us into regular paddlers once we get to Oregon. We hope you have a successful season. You are a most enjoyable guide.

Sincerely, Ron & Barb

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