In June '09 the BSC spent a few days fishing the
West Branch of the Penobscot below Ripogeous Gorge. We had caddis
and little yellow Sally stoneflies hatching just about all day.
Our best spot was the run above Big Eddy and below the Telos
bridge cribworks/falls. My (Gerry's) best fly was the chartreuse
Usual, which accounted for over 30 salmon the second day of
the trip. The week after our trip the big caddis hatch came
off, but we had great fishing anyway.
We only caught small brookies in the lake. The
cabins were nice, but it was quite a drive (17+ miles) to reach
The fishing on the Penobscot was really good, but we were disappointed
with the lake. We had heard great things about the big brook trout,
but we didn't see evidence of any. Maybe we didn't hit the right
spots at the right time, but . . .
Also, not every spot on the West Branch produced very well. Little
Eddy, Holbrook pool, Nesowndehunk Falls all were less productive
than in past times. Overall it was a great trip.