Meet Your Guide
I grew up in the small town of Sebec, Maine, always wandering in the woods exploring the natural world around me. I had always been fascinated by water and my explorations always seemed to lead me to water as that was where I felt most comfortable. Through trial and error I honed my fishing skills over the years and learned many valuable lessons along the way. Back in 1999 I took up fly-fishing as my primary method of angling and that opened my eyes to a whole new aspect of the sport. I began tying my own flies and even built my own fly rod that I used to catch Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. Through this new skill set I began thinking about becoming a guide and in 2014 I realized my dream and became a Registered Maine Guide. It has been a long road to get here, but I would not change a thing as I have learned so many life lessons along the way. I have put in numerous years preparing for this moment and have always stayed focused on the ultimate goal of running a Guide Service. Come along on a journey with me and explore the wonderful waters of Maine.
In the spring of 2017 I began a blog on the Bangor Daily News called Fishing Poles and Adventures. Check it out and follow me at http://jpeterson.bangordailynews.com/. This blog is much more personal and allows me to share with those that are as passionate about the outdoors that I am. I like that I can share my thoughts and actions in a more relatable way than the fishing reports that I post on our website. It just felt right as I share my experiences with my clients, but this is a way to share those same experiences with those that cannot come along physically. I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I enjoy writing them.
My offseason is spent tying flies preparing for the next season and thinking of new places that I want to explore the next season. I also keep a journal of where I fish and I am always looking over what I did right and wrong from the previous season.
My most memorable catch was not even a fish that I caught myself. I was “guiding” two friends on the Crooked River. I had taken Bill and Tim as a favor on the upper Crooked River where the salmon were running and they did not catch a thing. I finally, as a last ditch effort, brought them to the Songo Locks. I tied a Royal Coachman streamer to Bill’s line and had him stand on the bridge and cast into the pool. Not long after he yelled out that he thought he had hooked into a piece of debris in the water. When I looked over I saw the end of his line come up from the bottom of the pool with a huge 26.5″ landlocked salmon on it. I actually fell on the rocks in my excitement to net the fish. The other funny part of this story was the Danish tourists that were asking me questions about the fishing before this happened and I do not think they believed me that salmon were in the river until Bill caught that one.
Registered Maine Guide
Favorite Fishing Hole…
The salmon bar on the Sebec River
If I could only fish one place…
The Roach River
Favorite Fishing Quote…
The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad. ~A.K. Best