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Posted on: 21 Mar 2016

The fishing season starts on April 1, when Maine's 6,000 plus lakes and ponds open for anglers of all stripes. While spin casting and trolling remain popular, Maine has a century old history of fly fishing, going back to the heyday of the sport in the Rangeley Lakes Region.

The Rangeley Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc is the best place to get acquainted with the history of fly fishing in the state. Learn to cast at one of L.L. Bean's Discovery Schools or hook up with one of the dozens of independent outfitters around the state.

From landlocked salmon to native brook trout, striped bass in Casco Bay to largemouth bass on a quiet Maine lake, the fish are waiting.