Maine Saltwater Fly and Light Tackle Fishing Reports 2014 by Coastal Fly Angler

Here at the Maine Striper Fishing Blog, There will be no more talk about winter, as its time to move forward to fishing!!! what ever way you bring the new season in,  either by checking out  one of 
tackle show and casting new rods or buying a plane ticket to the FL Keys to get on the water. Either way the energy for the up coming season seems to contiguous and full of energy as emails come in for either fishing the Keys or Striper season here in Maine the excitement builds, For me when the post season ski races are a thing of the past, I head over to see Peter Smith and Tim at SS Flies for a visit, lunch and plan some skinny water striper fishing back in Maine, also to pick up flies I have them work up over the winter Permit and Tarpon patterns. Then dodge a snow storm and head to the FL keys with flats skiff in tow. on the fishing front there is not much I really miss about Maine until the striper show other than the LL Bean and the Eldridge Bro fly shop shows. I have missed these every year other the year my twin girls where born 9 years ago, but like to keep up with the line up and this year LL-Bean brought in a angler who I have learned a ton from Andy Mill his books and films are ever educational, but the best nugget of knowledge came last spring while sitting at a bar in the lower Keys where where the discussion was on fishing the worm hatch and fishing worm patterns in the weeks leading up to the event, his advice was a game changer!!  Andy has a talk at LL BEAN on Saturday the 15 Th. if you are into skinny water fishing and in Maine he's a must see!!!

Casco Bay Stripers and the Maine saltwater fishing season is not to far off and we are looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new anglers!! Starting this spring there will be a new reports project that  Capt Mike and I will be hosting, this is very cool and we look forward to sharing it with you, we also hope you become  engaged as in the past and keep the great questions and comments coming!!! For those of you working out your travel plans, I can be a day or so getting back to you during Tarpon season - long days on the poling platform in the sun,and a cold rum drinks, Ok no excuses I will get back ASAP and we can lock in your tides. 

Capt Eric Wallace and the guide staff at Coastal Fly Angler

207-671-4330  or Email

Maine Striper Fishing 2014

RUNNING THE COAST: the newest project from HowardFilms, Summer 2014

The film about the Striped Bass migration began in The Chesapeake Bay in Virginia and follows the fish and the anglers who love them through New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York City, and The Hamptons, Montauk, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts and up to Maine. Conventional World Record Holder Greg Myerson makes the boat shake with both his enthusiasm and his fish catches. His innovations are changing the sport. Along the way we fish from beaches and chase stripers in shallow water and blitzes with fly rods as well in moments that make your heart race.

Maine Striper Fishing Report - September 2013

This past week ended on a high note, with Friday one the best days I have seen in Years!!

Large snappy fish and perfect weather and not another car in the parking lot at the boat ramp made for a great day that was welcomed on many levels. After dealing with cold morning temp and 4 days of a northerly wind direction we were finding fish but they where hugging the bottom and the birds were sitting on the rock and the bait was down deep, it's amazing how quickly things come to life and show movement when the temps just bounce back a little bit. A low last Monday of 38 and winds to 30 mph has faded and this Fridays morning low of 56 add in nice sunny weather on Saturday bringing back the near shore water temps that seemed like they fell off a cliff. The bottom line is the Kennebec and Casco Bay have a ton of fish in the system and they are starting to move and we are at the point where it could be epic at any point during the day!!! The bait is very spread out and in Casco Bay you do yourself well by looking at other shorelines as the winds pushed bait to areas where you usually don't find it this time of the year but the fish have found it!! There is group of bluefish in the area so still carry some wire. I really belief we have another 3 weeks of solid fishing in the Portland area and some of the best days we have seen in years.... enjoy it!!!!

 (Already tying Tarpon and Permit flies for the spring...)

Capt Eric Wallace
Maine - FL Keys       

Maine Striper Fishing Report - August 2013

Casco Bay Maine Fishing Report - August 9, 2013

Two or three days of cool early morning temps combined with good tides made for some very happy and snappy fish on the flats in Casco Bay. We had some outstanding early morning surface feeds in some very skinny water, then on the incoming in the bright sun again some good surface feeds. Fishwise, the amount of fish in the Casco Bay/Portland area remains outstanding this season, some small bait is starting to drop out of the rivers and there's a good amount of peanuts around keeping some bigger fish on the feed in the bright clear sky. There are some small groups of bigger bluefish around so it's time to have a rod with wire rigged in the gunnels. On the sand flats the fish have a good amount of food and can test your angling skill to get the eat, again pounding these fish and blasting cast in every direction will just get laughed at by these big fish on the sand. As in all sight fishing, boat position is key as it dictates the angle of retrieve, challenge yourself to leave the bigger group alone cast to the small 2-3 fish groups and set up a angle of retrieve not to freak them out and overtime you will learn the body language to get more eats on the sand and in the sun and remember loose the flashy flies and elephants eat peanuts.
Reports up and down the coast here in Maine support some solid fishing and the making for a good fall, maybe one of the best in years!! The range of size that fish are being caught has not been seen for awhile and the bait and water temps are all there and we are only in early August. If you want to get out in August, Capt Mike Roy can get you out on a good tide. If you are looking to fish the fall blitz, let me know soon as September is going to be a great month!

Maine Striper Fishing Reports July 2013

Casco Bay and Saco Report

First off sorry for the lack of report!! been straight out guiding and have fallen behind on the reports page.. Over all pretty damm good striper fishing happening here in Maine. Water temps outside are in the mid to upper 50's and the near shore flats have held in there even during warm stretches in the lower 60s so the fish have good active temps and lots of food!!!. Over the last few weeks we have seen some just epic surface feed that where pretty predictable on the tides for a few days but where also on the move so if you stuck with them you had some great fishing. We started on the Royal River and ended up 4 days later fishing Harpswell and about every cove and flat in- between most likely over the same very large group of fish and in the days to follow the reports from the Kennebec where it was on fire. Thats still seems to be the trend, waves of fish coming through happy and snappy, followed by a few tides where hunting them down is in order. Over all there is a ton of fish holding in Casco Bay and pretty much pick your spot and style be there on the tide they want and you will run into some good action, miss the tide you miss the action!!!  If your are looking to book a trip with any of the guides at Coastal Fly Angler. give a call 207-671-4330 or have any question's feel free to drop us a email

Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports June 2013

The past 10 days has seen some real ups and down in air temps, from near 90 to a early morning low of 37degrees. But the good news the open water temps really did not drop off to much with the hard Northery winds during the cold snap and the Portland Maine bouy is holding around 57. This is a little closer to the average for late June ,so the water temps, amount bait and most importantly the amount of Stripe Bass are just a little ahead of the past few seasons, offering up some consistant  fishing during the right tides and when the weather works with us we have seen some very solid fishing!! and reports down the coast support a likewise finding.  We have had multi tides with over 20 fish on the flats with fly and largest fish is just short of 38 inches, lots of schoolies around and the Freeport area had a big group of large Bluefish push through for a few days, causing the fun havoc they know how to provide, nice to have that in the mix the first week of June. With the amount of larger bait in  Casco Bay and it rivers we are sure to only see more good action in the weeks to come, setting us up for a good solid season!!!!      

What's Working

Flywise we have been having good success on everything from darker hollow patterns to sight fishing small crabs, I feel the fish are in the mindset to eat, and if you set the boat angles up for good casting/retrive angles you can get these well fed fish to open up. Same goes for the light tackle angler fishing soft plastics, if your not catching fish, I would not waste a ton of time changing flies or lures out, instead think about your aproach to the fish. For the anglers wading the saltwater here in Maine I would snoop around some of the chatboards those guys are mostly walking the beaches and will give you some info to work with.

Happy Fishing and GO Bruins!!!!!!

Capt Eric Wallace
Maine, FL Keys

Maine Striper Fishing 2013

Please Check out Coastal Fly Angler for more updates and links for 2013 Striper and Saltwater fishing reports and Guided Saltwater fishing trips.

Striper season has begun up here in Maine and the reports I was receiving this past week had me looking forward to some good early season action. Well after a long drive back from the FL Keys with a flats skiff in tow I arrived to cold raining condition that all but shut down the fishing coast wide here in Maine. Heavy NE winds, surf, and 4 inches of rain Saturday had the rivers that are holding the the mixer of bait, brown and blown out. The reports pre the big weekend rains had fish being caught from  Casco Bay- south.

The weather is forcast to be pretty stable this week and I am looking forward to full week of trips starting  and will be reporting on our finding.

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Flats fishing report for Striped Bass: Capt Eric Wallace

From Maine to Cape Cod Bay there are both big flats and small shoreline pockets that offer good skinny water fishing, and big tides that average 8 to 10 feet. The coast from Chatham, Massachusetts to Long Island, New York offers the same type of water but smaller tides, only 2 to 4 feet or so. Only Long Island has tide ranges up to 7 feet.

The bigger the tides the faster fishing conditions will change. In locations with a 2-foot tide a flat might be fishable for the entire day; a flat with a 10-foot tide will be most stable around low tide, sometimes for several hours. Once the strong flow begins be prepared to move with the flow so as not to get trapped by the rising water when wading.

An early incoming tide will be the most productive in many locations. Stripers feel more at ease and as the flats cover there is food like dead sand eels, clams and crabs that are easy targets for stripers. This is especially true where tides are biggest. However, a falling tide in places that trap baitfish along edges and inside basins and drainage gullies can be excellent, too. Small creekmouths attract fish on a falling tide and they move upstream into the creek in search of food as the tide rises. Some small creeks are crystal clear and will remind the trout angler of Western spring creeks. Generally, big-tides mean a short fishing window.

Sand eels are the best baitfish for northern flats because they burrow and remain in the sand on dry flats through low tide. As water returns, some baitfish die and lay on the bottom. A flat where you see dead sand eels at low tide could be a hotspot, so stick around. Crabs are numerous on all flats and both crabs and shrimp are abundant inside creeks and estuaries. I do very well with a sparse, white Deceiver, and an epoxy sand eel fly made with purple Fluorofibre over cream Fluorofibre with some flash. Tie these flies 3 to 5 inches long. The lady crab, or calico, is a very important food source in the shallows; a reddish Del Brown Crab Fly is a good match for these. Any light tan bonefish fly 1 1/2 to 2 inches long will match both the common shore and sand shrimp that live on the flats inside most estuaries. And lightly weighted 3- to 4-inch Clouser Minnows in tan-and-white or olive-and-white are also very popular.

Top times for sight fishing are from mid May through early July. Then you can depend on good sunlight and the lower water temperature brings hungry fish onto the flats and into the creeks to feed. Some of the colder water locations from northern Massachusetts to Maine can have good sight fishing into August. In September and early October big flats might hold fish at times but the light is not as good as in summer. The key to good daytime fishing is cool water and abundant food sources.

In the spring there are places when you can sight cast and catch large numbers of smaller stripers, but the real fun begins when casting to big stripers. You will earn each fish, and you will remember each one long after the memory of a 20-fish day has faded.

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