Magalloway River

The Magalloway begins in the Boundary Mountains on the Quebec border and flows into Umbagog Lake, forming the headwaters of the Androscoggin River.  The Upper Magalloway, above Aziscohos Lake, is undammed and wild and home for large brookies and land lock salmon.  It is best fished in the spring and fall when water temps are lower.

The lower section, below Aziscohos Dam is a classic tailwater with cold water temps.  The cool water extends the season through the hot summer months.  It features fast pocket water and riffles with only a couple real pools.  This section is a nymph fisherman’s dream and holds many larger brook trout and land locks.This section of river from the dam to the covered bridge is the easiest to get to and the most heavily fished.Below the covered bridge the river becomes slow and deep and during the summer months,full of smallmouth bass.This stretch of river is a made up of fast runs and pocket water and some places churning whitewater. The river cannot safely be waded accept during very low water.This section of river is full of native brook trout and landlocked salmon that thrive in the cold,oxygen rich water.There is a lot of food available to the fish in this environment and they grow fat and abundant.As the river flows south it  slows and widens and becomes long stretches of riffles and cut banks. it flows through meadows and deepens as it passes under the covered bridge.Moving north to the inlet of  Aziscohos lake you find a  two mile section of  the Magalloway that flows between Parmachene and Aziscohos lakes.Most of  this stretch is riffles without much fish holding ability and most people don’t go any further than the Camp Ten bridge pool to wet a line.The pool and short stretch of river between the bridge and the lake is large enough to hold a good crowd of fisherman and has alot of fishable water.

Suggested Fly Patterns

Spring

Nymphs

  • Copper John – red or copper
  • Beadhead Pheasant Tail – # 18
  • Beadhead Prince – all sizes
  • Red Zebra Midge – # 16-20
  • Eggs
  • Sucker Spawn
  • Cased Caddis – #6-10
  • Green Rock Worm – 14-18
  • Green Sparkle Pupa Emerger – #12-14
  • Electric Caddis – # 16-18

Dries

  • Klinkhamer , Grey or Tan – # 12
  • Blue-winged Olive – #16-18
  • Green Deer Hair Caddis – 10-14
  • Green X-Caddis – #10-14
  • Hendrickson – # 10-14
  •  Green E/C Cutter Caddis – #14
  • Parachute Adams – 12-16
  • Parachute Mr. Rapidan – 12-16
  • Mr. Rapidan – 12-16
  • Parachute Hares Ear – # 12-16

Streamers

  • Black Ghost Marabou
  • Grey Ghost
  • Montreal Whore
  • Kennebago Smelt
  • White Double Bunny

Summer

Nymphs

  • Beadhead Pheasant Tail – #16-20
  • Flashback Pheasant Tail – #16-20
  • Prince, all sizes
  • Barr Emerger – #16-20
  • WD 40 – # 18-20
  • Copper John all colors, all sizes
  • Black Stonefly – #8-10
  • Golden Stonefly – 8-10
  • Tan Netspinner Caddis – # 16-18
  • Flashback Hares Ear – # 18
  • Zebra Midge – 18-20
  • Rainbow Warrior – #16-20
  • Tan Caddis Larva – # 16-18
  • Electric Caddis – # 16-18

Dries

  • Klinkhamer, Tan – #16-18
  • Hornberg,Tan – all sizes
  • Deer Hair Caddis,Tan – #14-18
  • E/C Cutter Caddis – # 16-18
  • Royal Wullf – #14-16
  • Foamulater, Black – # 6-10
  • Turcks Tarantula -# 6-8
  • Deer Hair Caddis – # 16
  • B.W.O – #16-20
  • Parachute Adams – #14-16
  • Parachute Hares Ear – #14-16

Streamers

  • Black Ghost – # 6-8
  • Grey Ghost – # 8-10
  • Montreal Whore # 6-8
  • Yellow Marabou Muddler -# 6-8
  • White Double Bunny – #6-8

Fall

Nymphs

  • Pheasant Tail – # 16-20
  • Prince, all sizes
  • Copper John,all colors, all sizes
  • Zebra Midge, Black -# 18-20
  • Zebra Midge, Red -#18-20
  • Barr Emerger -# 18-20
  • WD  40 – #18-20
  • Brassie – # 18-20

Dries

  • Hornberg,Tan – all sizes
  • Foamulater – # 6-10
  • B.W.O -# 18-20
  • Adams – #18-20
  • Griffith Gnat – #18-20
  • Deer Hair Caddis, Tan – #16
  • x – Caddis, Tan – # 16-18

Streamers

  • Grey Ghost – # 8-10
  • Montreal Whore – #6-8
  • Shufelt Special – #6-8
  • Black Double Bunny – #6
  • Yellow Marabou Muddler – # 6-8