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Author:  Mike Holt [ February 7th, 2019, 6:31 pm ]
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I was moving website stuff around and found a link to my old Friday Updates for the year 2008.
It was a surprise for me. I didn't know a working copy of the old Friday Updates was still accessible.

Anyway, and even bigger surprise is that it contains live links to Friday Updates and they go back to 1997. (top middle of page menu) I had a blog before there were blogs :lol:

Check it out and see some photos of the good years at Shawmut.

Here's the link:
www.maineflyfishing.com/Friday1.htm

Author:  Ken B [ February 7th, 2019, 7:26 pm ]
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Nice! I laughed out loud at the white rock comment in the first paragraph. The first time I fished shawmut was a day just like that. Never saw a white rock and we tied the canoe to the top of some branches sticking out of the water. Turns out those branches were the top of the brush from the island!

Thanks for sharing!

Author:  KilgoreTrout [ February 7th, 2019, 10:41 pm ]
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I used to read your Friday updates all the time when I was a student at UNE in Biddeford!

As someone "from away"...what exactly happened to doom the fishery at Shawmut? When I lived in Maine from 2004-2008 it's all anyone ever talked about. Now it sounds like a eulogy whenever I hear it mentioned.

Author:  kennebecfly [ February 8th, 2019, 7:13 am ]
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That is great stuff Mike..
I would always look forward to your friday updates, to get the skinny on the hatches water flows and such.

Author:  titleguy [ February 8th, 2019, 9:52 am ]
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I miss these and your site (and shop). Met a lot of great people through your shop and website.

Author:  Hunter [ February 8th, 2019, 9:57 am ]
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KilgoreTrout wrote:
I used to read your Friday updates all the time when I was a student at UNE in Biddeford!

As someone "from away"...what exactly happened to doom the fishery at Shawmut? When I lived in Maine from 2004-2008 it's all anyone ever talked about. Now it sounds like a eulogy whenever I hear it mentioned.


A lot has changed at Shawmut.

Dam ownership changed, with the current owner using a different generation scheme that uses the main tailrace near the boat launch less, instead sending water through turbines pointing mid river more often. This pushes water to the Benton side, effectively dewatering much of the wade section during lower flows to no more than a few inches of water. This affects the amount of food that reach generates, plus removes a fair amount of habitat from being viable trout water. I don’t remember such being the norm when the ‘Mut fished well. The river also has more potential to gain heat when shallow- and this is likely having an effect.

The flash board system was replaced with an air bladder. This may have an impact on dissolved gas levels below the dam as, unlike the newer air bladder system, the old flash board system was leaky at best. The new air bladder system may also have another effect, as it’s a lot easier for the hydro operator to drop the bladder and dump water off the top of the impoundment above- which may shock the river below with warm water. Such could be a problem if fish have crowded up towards the dam seeking oxygen-laden water.

Eagle and osprey numbers are up- and they surely do have an impact, but they’re feeding on the other river fish too. There are a number of people fishing the ‘Mut for food as well. I’ve run into a family fishing the Benton side more than once, but since I’m limited to mostly English- well, we haven’t been able to talk about the fishery or fish consumption advisories. But I don’t think predation is the main issue. Such could be overcome by doubling the number of fish stocked for a few years if predation was the main issue.

There is still a fishery at Shawmut, and one that grows some decent fish. But I’m finding it’s more of a drift fishery. Fish numbers are still low in comparison to the good years, but fish quality is good, with multiple year classes of holdover fish. I didn’t fish the ‘Mut in 2018, as the Department had the boat launch shut for construction through most of the spring/early summer fishing.

I miss the days of seeing 10-20 other anglers out fishing the ‘Mut on any given evening during a hatch. I remember walking out on a ledge early one morning (circa 2004) following an alder fly hatch to find a few dozen fish 18”+ sipping spinners in a back eddy. I hooked one fat rainbow on a size 8 Goddard and the rest scattered for the day. Those days a gone, though it has shown its moments over the last few years that keep me going back.

Author:  733SUBDUCKER [ February 8th, 2019, 4:33 pm ]
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What a very cool read.

I grew up Downeast and then was in the Navy on the west coast until 2004, so I missed all the action at Shawmut.
I have, however, had some really good experiences out there since settling in central Maine.
I don't don't go often, but when I do I'm usually alone, especially after dark... at least until the cops start chasing me around!

I wouldn't mind some company out there, as I like to test the depth capabilities of my waders and am learning the topography one tentative step at a time.

The fish are not in abundant numbers, but there are some healthy ones. My biggest personal observation is that the bug life and hatches are incredible. The riverbed is literally crawling. I cant say there isn't enough food for the fish.

Author:  1weight [ February 8th, 2019, 5:39 pm ]
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Some really cool stuff there. I know in the late 90's early 2000's I was wishing I was able to take part in some of the fishing at Shawmut. Today I found some figures of my work hours from that time period. 3000-4000 hours a year didn't leave much time for getting home and fishing.

On a side note, maybe someone can help. There was a "Flies and Fins" video from back at least ten years that had Jeromy fishing with Boz on the West Branch for salmon, some great brook trout footage along with Albies and stripers. I've been trying to find this video. Does it ring a bell? Has some great tunes in it that I'm looking for.

I also really miss Mike's Friday Updates, his site as a whole and the shop when I was able to get there.

Ron

Author:  TGIF [ February 8th, 2019, 6:51 pm ]
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Around 2007 and 2008 is when I started working in Maine for a boss and fisherman. Frequently we’d make some calls in the early day and finish at Shawmut. He said, “if you’re going to fish in Maine, you gotta read the Friday update”. So I did, I learned the equation for flows at Shawmut, and enjoyed a year or two. Good memories. Thanks!

Author:  Andre [ February 8th, 2019, 9:07 pm ]
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Some of the best years of my life were spent at Shawmut and met some great people I still miss and think of today from over 20 years ago.

Andre

Author:  titleguy [ February 9th, 2019, 1:17 pm ]
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I moved to Maine in the fall of 2003 and started fishing here in the spring of 2004. I used to have work in Waterville frequently so I would stop and see Mike & Linda and fish Shawmut, a lot.... I understand I caught the end of it, but man was the summer of 2004 spectacular fishing in my mind.... I met some great folks- Mike, Marsh, Al, Bob Glencross, aka Streamer, Hunter, even Kim..... :D

My MO. was stop at the Irving's ( before it blew up) and buy a Foster's Oil Can- gear up- wade out the White Rock, smoke my cigar, drink my beer and wait for it to happen. Most nights it did... I also had my first EO visit, second WB visit, first GLS visit, first Mag visit, first Kennebago visit, first Madison visit, first Bingham visit..... Had some life challenges that fall that pushed me deeper into my fishing solitude; a tough time but I would not change much in retrospect.

Author:  Dave M [ February 9th, 2019, 4:19 pm ]
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Andre wrote:
Some of the best years of my life were spent at Shawmut and met some great people I still miss and think of today from over 20 years ago.

Andre



Times 2 on that. Many of the guys and gals I still fish with today I met Fishing at Shawmut. I had read in the magazines about “ hatches”, and 5hought, at least for the most part, that these hatches I was reading about were figments of the authors over active imagination........then I hit the Spring BWO Shawmut hatch and said Aha! The light bulb went on.

Those evenings below the White Rock were awesome. You learned to reach cast, pile cast, and do the whole, as Corbett used to say. “Bowling for Browns” thing.

The largest fishing tragedy in Maine in the last half century was that Shawmut reach going to ####. The best thing we could do for the wild trout farther north on that watershed would be to bring that fishery back.

Dave M

Author:  Salmosebago [ February 10th, 2019, 9:42 am ]
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Aaahhh - memory lane! Ken and I had some good days there and those evening hatches were pretty epic. My favorite memory was my birthday, November 16, many years ago. Fishing the pasture down by the power lines. It had been a warm fall and mid day the clouds rolled in, the olives popped, and I had a GOOD fish rising in front of me. I started with a dry that I thought was too large, but I could see it - nothing. I followed him all the way to the top of the pool; changing flies down to sizes I couldn't see, lengthening my leader/tippet to ridiculous lengths, down to 7x (which I knew he could part with no trouble). I finally stuck him, very briefly, at the top of the pool. It was the best skunking I've ever had. The hunt was my favorite part of the stretch of water, the catching was always icing on the cake. Thanks for the memories Mike!

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