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Rhon Bell

Rhon Bell, an outdoor enthusiast, spends his time exploring the Maine Woods and documenting his journeys. Growing up in Aroostook County, he embraced the outdoor lifestyle at a young age. Living today near Portland, he spends weekends and week-long adventures hiking New England summits, canoeing the historic Maine waterways, and ice fishing for lake trout. Follow the journey as Window to the Woods discovers new destinations, and check out his other blog, Backwoods Plaid.

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Posted: October 8, 2014

Fall fishing destination: Upper Androscoggin River


Admit it! You haven’t fished as much this year as you wanted to. You need to sneak one last fishing trip in before the cold weather finally sets in. I have the perfect day trip for you to begin planning today. This canoe day trip is located in Western Maine and is an absolute beautiful float with the potential for hauling in some really great fish . The Upper Androscoggin River from Gilead to Bethel holds plenty of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Plus, it’s accessible to both fly-fishermen and spin-casters. Approximately 90 minutes from Portland, you’ll launch at the address below and can leisurely float with multiple stops for fishing and lunch breaks and the entire trip will only take 5 hours. It’s the perfect day trip away from the city. Foliage right now is amazing and the water is warm enough to simply wade into the river with shorts on. You won’t have long to take advantage of these afternoon temperatures or the fishing – so grab some friends, load up the canoes and head out to Gilead. Otherwise, you’ll be waiting for 4″+ of ice to form over your local lake in order to pull in a few fat trout.


Launch Point: Bridge Street, Gilead, Maine

Pickup Location: Ferry Road, Bethel, Maine






















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