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Fly Fishing The Dead River Maine
Fly Fishing the Dead River in Maine is quite different
from fishing most other streams in Maine. It is a system
of rivers, lakes and ponds that varies greatly
depending on where you fish it. The North Branch of the
Dead River and the South Branch of the Dead River flow
into Flagstaff Lake. The main stem of the Dead River,
sometimes called the West Branch of the Dead River, is
a twenty-four mile long river that flows from Flagstaff
Lake into the Kennebec River.. Each of the two
branches and the main stem provide different
opportunities for the fly angler.

The South Branch of the Dead River flows from
Saddleback Lake near Rangeley Maine, a very popular
fly fishing destination for the Rapid River. From there it
flows into Stratton Lake and then into Flagstaff lake. It's
fairly accessible since much of its length flows along
state Route #27. The lower section of the North Branch
is about seven miles long and can be fished from a
canoe. It has both stocked and wild brook trout.

The North Branch of the Dead River flows from a chain
of ponds from near the Canadian/U.S. border. From
there the river flows through Eustis Lake and into
Flagstaff Lake. It too, has both wild and stocked brook
trout.  State Route #27 follows the North Branch for most
of its upper section length. It has very good access until
it reaches its lower section about ten miles above
Flagstaff Lake where It is usually fished from a canoe.

Like the two branches, both stocked and wild brook trout
are plentiful in the main stem, but it has an added
attraction - landlocked salmon. There's even a few wild
rainbow trout. The area just below Flagstaff Lake is a
popular destination because of its varied fly fishing
opportunities. Unlike much of the other sections of the
Dead River, wading is possible in this section. The
section of the Dead River above Grand Falls must be
fished from a canoe or larger boat.

Below Grand Falls, much of the main stem of the Dead
River flows through very remote country. Only the area
just below the falls is accessible by vehicle. Fly fishing
the Dead River below the Falls provides some good
brook trout and landlocked salmon opportunities. You
can access the lowermost part of the stream above its
confluence with the Kennebec River near the Forks from
Route #201. This is also a popular destination for
landlocked salmon, brook trout and wild rainbows.

Seasons:
The Dead River seasons are subject to change from
year to year. Check the current regulations
Spring:
Late Spring is probably the best time to fish the Dead
River. .
Summer:
Summertime is okay, but the water can get a little on the
warm side in some areas and the brook trout fishing
usually slows down.
Fall:
Early Fall can provide good fishing opportunities

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Flies
Type of Stream
Freestone and Tailwaters

Species
Brook Trout (wild and stocked)
Landlocked Salmon
Rainbows (wild)

Size
Medium to Large

Location
Western and Central Maine

Nearest Towns
Bingham
Rangeley


Season
Check current regulations and
seasons

Access:
Mostly Plentiful but some sections
must be fished from a canoe

Non-Resident License
State of Maine

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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