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gilliesandfallon
Phippsburg, ME on the Kennebec River and Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod
Maine saltwater fly fishing guide specializing in shallow water striped bass charters and false albacore trips.
Interests: Sightcasting and shallow water fishing, saltwater fly fishing, teaching as a part of guiding.
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Stripers are back in all of their usual Maine waters and June is the prime month to find surface feeds, hungry fish, and happy anglers. In what seemed like a May that confused itself for April (we only ate supper... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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We’re cleared to begin guided trips in Maine on May 1 under a comprehensive set of protocols designed to ensure safety for clients, guides, and our community. I can’t begin to adequately explain how much I’m looking forward to having... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Here's a favorite moment from last summer. Ben's mom booked a last minute trip for he and his dad on his father's birthday. Their family had been visiting museums and historical sites across New England for two weeks and "the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
In a time of such upheaval and disruption our first focus is appropriately on family and friends and then likely worry about business and finances. Inevitably, we wonder about a return to normalcy and resumption in the pursuit of our... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Calling all striped bass anglers and guides: our fishery needs you. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries is considering a proposal to open their commercial striped bass season early this year. In recent summers it has started June 23. They are... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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The current striped bass management system is broken. We should have better fishing, much better fishing – more bass and larger bass. And we would if ASMFC, the governing body for stripers, had been responsibly managing this fishery. On Tuesday,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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On Thursday night, the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources held a rule-making hearing in Yarmouth to collect public comment on proposed changes to striped bass regulations in Maine. The Dept. is required to collect input because they are changing the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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In this season of sipping albies, one of the most effective tools we've employed has been a floating fly line. Read articles about fly fishing for false albacore and you'll find recommendations to use an integrated sinking shooting head, mostly... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2020 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
One of my goals for this off-season is to reread some of the books that helped me become a better saltwater fly angler and tyer. I've amassed quite a collection over the past 30 years. Throughout the '90's I could... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Not a whole lot has changed with striper fishing in and around the Kennebec since my last update on Aug. 11 (scroll down). Fishing is pretty good and does vary day to day and spot to spot. The fog and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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In deepest, darkest January, when I think ahead to mid-summer striper fishing I think about the best of what we have going on right now. Clear, clear water. Bright mid-days with excellent sighting on light colored flats. Windless mornings. Waking... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
I started a post at 2:45 Wednesday morning that led with my disappointment that fishing wasn't fabulous, as my expectations for the Kennebec at the end of June and first week of July are extremely high. But then I remembered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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It sure felt like late June on the Kennebec River this week. On Tuesday, we were on fish pretty much the entire trip, from 6:00 am until 4:00 pm, and found the stripers feeding and holding in almost every way... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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After what I described as good early season trips all of last week, the striped bass fishing on the Kennebec River here in Phippsburg really lit up this week. We'd all been waiting and searching and watching for big pods... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Here's Tim's best striper of the day, but certainly not his only fish. It crushed the Lonely Angler Zipster spook in a shallow backwater cove on the Kennebec River just down current of some nice moving water and rocky structure... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Striped bass seem to have moved into the Lower Kennebec watershed in greater numbers over the past week, at least based upon my fishing (and catching) results. It's still not "going off", and I have yet to see more that... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
Saltwater Fly Fishing Charters For Striped Bass And False Albacore ~ Kennebec River, Phippsburg, ME And Cape Cod, MA Thanks for visiting Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports. Here you'll find updates on shallow water striper fishing around Maine and beyond, updates... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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So you've decided that you want to become a better fly caster and you're looking for tips and techniques to improve your fly fishing skills. Right? You did click on the link to bring up this post. Ok, lets back... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2019 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Catching more albies is always on my mind, even on a cross county flight in the middle of the winter. If you fish for false albacore, you know what I mean. I'm cleaning up my laptop somewhere over Nebraska and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Here’s a albie charter report for the week. I'll try to add more details between fishing trips. You can also check my facebook page for brief updates on current albie fishing. I went to bed last night thinking “Oh no,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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We finally found some consistency fishing along the Falmouth shoreline this past week. The fishing isn’t better when the albies are in here, but it sure is convenient being based out of Falmouth. More significantly, the first great day of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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The quote of the week came from Fritz Folts on Sunday. After two days of finding fish after fish after fish we were trying to run his Southport back to Boston but kept running into albies off Falmouth and then... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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Here’s a recap of week 2 chasing albies around Cape Cod and the Islands: The albie -lesson that stands out this week is that today isn’t yesterday and tomorrow won’t be today. I’ve been on the water every day this... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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It's that time of year when I shift all of my attention to chasing false albacore off the south side of Cape Cod. I base myself in Falmouth but fish from Monomoy to Wasque to Cuttyhunk to the Canal and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports
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If you've subscribed to Consumer Reports for years or like to geek out on a Wirecutter review of the best pen and you're a fly angler, you really owe it to yourself to read the Rod Shootout write ups from... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports