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One of the best kept secrets in the world of East Coast saltwater fly fishing, Maine's Casco Bay offers some of the best action for striped bass and bluefish anywhere on the Eastern Seaboard. Capt. Eric Wallace of Coastal Fly Angler focuses on the middle to lower half of Casco Bay, primarily fishing the inshore flats and shallows. Aboard Eric’s Action Craft skiff, you will fish most of your day in less than five feet of water, taking advantage of the currents that wash over the flats and bring stripers into skinny-water feeding zones. Eric is hands-down the best fly fishing guide in the area, and he knows what it takes to put his clients on fish! With countless acres of flats and several great New England lodging and inn options, there's no other destination like this in striper country. Active fish, no crowds, and a beautiful setting – Casco Bay has it all.
Standard packages range from single day trips to week-long fishing and lodging packages. Itineraries of any length can be accommodated. Contact Yellow Dog for more details.
There are several hotel, lodge and inn accommodations in the Freeport and Casco Bay area. The Chebeague Island Inn is a beautifully restored 1920's island hotel with outstanding dining and a nine-hole golf course. During your stay at the Inn, you will be picked up each morning by boat, and will be casting to stripers or blues in less than five minutes. (Remember that you will be fishing in a bay with over three hundred islands, so you can quickly disappear onto our own flat or island ledge.) Lodging prices range from $165.00 to $345.00 per night.
Anglers can also choose to stay at the renowned Applewood Inn. This meticulously restored 1800’s New England Style Farmhouse offers a home-style feel with its fabulous private guest rooms. The Inn includes amenities such as fireplaces, whirlpool tubs for relaxing and an amazing breakfast selection to get your day started on the water. Located right in the heart of Freeport, the Inn is walking distance from numerous shops and restaurants, including the world famous L.L. Bean Flagship Store. During your stay at Applewood, your guide will pick you up at the Inn each morning after breakfast and drive you to the marina for your day of fishing. Lodging prices range from $165.00 to $300.00 per night during the high seasons, and as low as $75.00 during low season.
Lunches are included with your day on the water, and will be packed in a boat cooler along with non-alcoholic beverages. For breakfast and dinner each day, you have numerous choices throughout the Freeport and Casco Bay area. M
The southernmost parts of Casco Bay touch the vibrant city of Portland, Maine, home to the Presumpscot River and the Royal River mouths. These areas attract spawning bait fish, and the stripers follow. After chasing the spawning bait fish the stripers move off the river mouths and onto the rich mud flats and estuaries. It's here that you'll find an incredibly unique and productive fishery, one that is ideal for shallow water fishing enthusiasts.
Capt. Eric Wallace of Coastal Fly Angler focuses on the middle to lower half of Casco Bay, fishing the inshore flats and shallows. Aboard an Action Craft flats skiff, you will fish most of your day in less then five feet of water, taking advantage of the currents that wash over the flats and bring stripers into their skinny water feeding zones. With countless acres of flats, Capt. Wallace and his clients are oftentimes the only ones fishing the area and the tides! There's no other place like this in striper country: active fish, no crowds and a beautiful setting.
Eric Wallace runs an Action Craft 1720 fly fisher (the "Twin Fin") with a Yamaha 115 4-stroke engine. All gear and flies are provided, so feel free to travel light! Capt. Eric Wallace is a member of the Scott Fly Rods pro staff, so all gear is the latest and greatest, including Scott Rods, and Tibor and Bauer reels.
There are countless non-angling activities all throughout the region. Non-anglers can also enjoy tennis, golf, schooner sailing voyages, sea kayaking with the LL Bean Discovery School,shopping in Freeport (the "Outlet" capital of New England), or a ferry trip into Portland's Old Port dinning and shopping area.
The nearest commercial airport is located in Portland, Maine. Serviced by Delta, Northwest, United, American, Continental, US Airways, Jet Blue, and numerous other domestic and regional carriers. Upon arrival, most people will rent a car and drive the short distance to Freeport.
The airport is approximately one hour from Freeport. You will need to rent a car in Portland at the airport for the drive to Freeport. You can arrive and depart on any day of the week.
All prices are for 1 or 2 anglers. Please call Yellow Dog for package pricing including rooms and meals.
Full Day Trip (6-8 hrs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- $450.00
Half Day Trip (4-5 hrs) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ $375.00
* Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter.
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Known as the Calendar Islands, the area that Eric Wallace fishes has approximately 365 unique islands within its 20-mile span and remains largely undeveloped and undiscovered by fishermen. You'll share the water with lobster boats and bountiful wildlife, including seals, eider ducks, snowy egrets, osprey, eagles and porpoises ... and very few anglers!
By virtue of the sheer numbers of fish, the variety of "fishy" structure, and the overall natural beauty, the fishing in this area is considered world class. One of the reasons that the fishing is so good is that numerous local rivers (the Presumpscot, the Royal, the Haraseeket, the Androscoggin, Kennebec and the New Meadows) harbor huge runs of baitfish, providing abundant feeding for striped bass and bluefish throughout the summer. A large tidal range moves and cools the seawater to just the right temperature to keep fish active, even on the warmest of summer days.