08-16-2005, 06:22 PM
my boys and i spent a couple of days fishing for smallies in the area between bangor and camden on the pennobscot river last weekend. the weather was a cross between bright and sunny and overcast. surpirsingly most of the fish were had in the middle of the river by my boys using spin tackle with soft plastic worms while i had success casting poppers to the banks on my 6 wt and lesser success with dry flies, wooly buggers and clousers cast to both the bank and in the deeper outer waters on my 5 wt. althought the guide recommended 8 wt and 7 wt rods, i found them to be overkill although helpful when throwing large poppers and large crayfish patterns (which yielded little). we could discern no difference in the action for any time of the day. although we had a few fish in the 3-4 pound range, most were between 1.5 and 2.5 pounds. it's a great place for both the serious bass angler as there are many challanges between the fast water, overhangs and problematic structure ( weeds and trees in the water). similarly the kids will have a ball and less problems in the more open areas toward the middle of the river.