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Drift Boat in Maine

Welcome to the most complete source of professional drift boat guiding and rowing instruction in the east. Want to hire a guide to fish in Maine? Want to learn how to master a drift boat and rowing for personal fishing pursuits? Michael Jones is a second generation Maine Guide with over 20 years of experience guiding Maine’s rivers as a professional fly fishing guide. His accomplishments, experience, certifications, reputation, and expertise make him one of the hottest guides on the water in the country!

Androscoggin River

April-May

Early season fishing on the Androscoggin River in Maine can be extraordinary. Large browns and rainbows begin to chase big streamers on the main stretch of the river, while the largest brook trout and salmon are caught in the headwaters of the Rangeley Region. Consider an early season trip for trophy size trout and early season action.

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Dead River

Late May

Large salmon, brook trout, and record-sized rainbow trout grow 'BIG' by aggressively feeding on smelt patterns during their spring spawn run on this legendary river. The Dead River is a remote and productive fishery, originally pioneered by drift boat by Michael. It is not uncommon to catch state record size fish on streamers, as well as fish technical seams with spring nymph patterns, all from the comfort of a drift boat. This trip is a ‘must-do’ for those itching to get their flies 'dusted off'!

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East Outlet

Mid May through October

This is the Maine Attraction! If you drift only one river in Maine, make it the East Outlet of the Kennebec. Day-in, day-out the MOST reliable trout and salmon fishery in the state; best fished by drift boat with an experienced guide. Michael works directly for the Maine Guide Fly Shop (based in Greenville) as one of their top guides, with many years and hundreds of days logged while guiding this river. The EO is the headwaters of the Kennebec River, offering a spectacular Maine backdrop for landlocked salmon and brook trout fishing. The fishing is pocket-water and large deep pools; with more good holes than time to fish them! The river varies from month to month with reliable & productive hatches June through September. With an expert team of guides based in Greenville, this is a great opportunity for a multi-boat trip with friends, family, co-workers, or specialized fishing groups/clubs!

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Androscoggin & Kennebec

June through August

Lefty Kreh is considered a pioneering leader in the fly fishing community that has successfully published a prolific library of books and videos to advance the sport. Lefty has caught and fished for most major species of sport-fish in the world with a fly rod, and considers a Maine smallmouth one of his favorite fish to catch. At 84 years old, Lefty chooses to spend a week every year fishing for smallmouth bass in Maine!

Who does Lefty use as his guide?

Michael specializes in smallmouth bass by providing species specific fly rods by Sage & Temple Fork, stiff-long leaders, and specialized hand-tied fly patterns that work! Recent fly rod developments allow the caster to deliver larger flies with greater accuracy and distance; two extremely important elements to hooking trophy bass on a fly: “Big bass hate boats and specialized rods make a huge difference in catching them“! Come experience some of the most exhilarating of Maine fly fishing trips, during the most comfortable season to float the river: summertime!

The middle sections of the Kennebec and Androscoggin are considered some of the best river-smallmouth bass fisheries in the world. Living in fresh water gives river bass fitness, size, and tremendous strength over their pond and lake dwelling cousins. The preference is poppers and light streamers to achieve explosive surface results on the surface! Michael loves to river fish for smallmouth because it tests the casters ability to hit tight places with great accuracy; always a fun and forgiving way to improve your casting skills.

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Casting Instruction
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Year Round

Michael is a decorated competition caster, and a current casting instructor with a Federation of Fly Fishers certification. His expanded understanding of casting fundamentals and teaching progression encourage his students and fishing guests to improve their casting and fishing in a fun and informative way. If you are considering fly fishing for the first time, or want to brush up your accuracy and distance casting for a sight fishing trip to Belize, Michael is your 'best pick‘ for a professional and tailored casting instructor.

Michael continuously attends instructor workshops, casting seminars, and visits fishing clubs to enhance and share his enthusiasm for fly casting. Michael approaches fly fishing from a ‘life-sport’ perspective: "I believe that it is not an elite caster that makes great casts, it is a elite caster that understands how to teach others to make great casts. In practice, fly casting is one of the most mesmerizing and intriguing extensions of human movement; simply beautiful to watch"!

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Drift Boat Instruction
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Year Round

Michael is an expert on drift boat history and design, and offers his skills not only as a guide, but as an enthusiastic rowing instructor and industry name in the sport.

Rowing a boat around on a pond is one thing; guiding a drift boat skillfully down a trout filled river is a unique challenge to be studied, learned, and perfected. Under the control of an expert oarsman, drift boats magically deliver anglers to the best vantage point for extraordinary fishing experiences! Rowing a drift boat is a learned skill that requires the oarsman to visualize immediate and future fishing opportunities while always keeping a focused eye on safety and the river ahead. It allows a guide to employ successful teamwork that is always ‘fun-first‘!

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Why A Driftboat?

Drift boats have quickly become the icon of river travel for fly fisherman. The lines of drift boats are sleek, forgiving, bold, and purposeful. These boats are made to safely run technical rivers with ease, and are designed with the interior lines of a well designed living space. By virtue of their design, drift boats are a comfortable, safe, and peaceful way to experience river travel. The origin of the drift boat can be traced back to boats used by the earliest pioneers of the American rivers: East & West, North & South.

In Maine, the Batteau and Banks Dory were boat designs with purpose in-mind: stability, seaworthiness, shallow draft, and ease of construction and use. These attributes continue to prove themselves in the evolution of the high-performance modern drift boat design.

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Call 1•207•841•7975 or email Michael Jones here.


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I prefer fly fishing in moving water. Smallmouths take surface and sub-surface flies and fight like hell. I enjoy catching all fish from bluegills to major saltwater trophies. But if I had one more day to spend in freshwater it would be floating a river for smallmouths.”

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