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Who’s got two thumbs and is ready to get you back on the water? THIS GUY!

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We’re cleared to begin guided trips in Maine on May 1 under a comprehensive set of protocols designed to ensure safety for clients, guides, and our community. I can’t begin to adequately explain how much I’m looking forward to having you out on the boat and sharing our heightened appreciation for the incredible experiences we enjoy in coastal Maine. If you’ve fished with me before, you know.

Current safety protocols limit trips to people who have met the governor's 14 day quarantine requirement and are residing in the same household. Additional mandatory guidelines are a work in progress. I’ll share here when we get closer to a final version. I’ve always believed that as a charterboat captain and guide my primary responsibility is the safety of my guests. I’ve spent years managing and mitigating risk as a boarding school dean, a volunteer EMT, and a ski industry executive. The steps I take to ensure safety for all aboard have and will continue to exceed those required by the state and the Coast Guard.

If you have been following news about the Reopening Maine plan and are wondering when you will be able to visit from out of state without quarantining for 14 days, please know that state leaders are working diligently to adapt to changing health metrics here in Maine and in other states and to take advantage of additional public health tools as they become available. Stay tuned and stay optimistic.

Thanks to the Maine Dept. of Marine Resources and Commissioner Keliher, the Maine Association of Charterboat Captains, and the American Saltwater Guides Association, and countless others for all of the effort to get guides across Maine working again.

Hope you, your families, and your friends are all safe and well and I look forward to catching up.

Peter

Capt. Peter Fallon

Gillies & Fallon Guide Service, LLC

pfallon@mainestripers.com

207-522-9900


Magical Morning Kennebec Striper Fishing

Here's a favorite moment from last summer. Ben's mom booked a last minute trip for he and his dad on his father's birthday. Their family had been visiting museums and historical sites across New England for two weeks and "the guys needed some fishing time". She told me that Ben often shut down in new situations and not to worry if he didn't engage while out on the boat. When he and his dad arrived at the Phippsburg ramp at 5:00 am, he didn't want to even say "hi" or make any eye contact. I put Ben in the "hot seat", in front of the console on the Maverick, for the ride down the Kennebec in the waning darkness.

We found stripers pushing water and slurping bait in a foot of water at the first flat we checked just as the rising sun broke through the fog. Once Ben figured out what he was seeing, the fish had his full attention. He was incredibly focused during our casting instruction and followed every step I shared with him. In no time, he had the spook dancing perfectly across the still surface. By the time he'd landed his fifth fish, we were carrying on about why fishing captivates us, how much or how little his sister would enjoy it, and how much meaning being outdoors holds in each of our lives. His dad did catch some birthday-fish but spent most of the morning celebrating his son's experience.

As Ben ran the boat back up river at the end of our trip, he was telling his dad in a serious and matter of fact tone that he was going to explore fishing for a living when he got older.

How fortunate am I?

Peter

Capt. Peter Fallon

Gillies & Fallon Guide Service, LLC

pfallon@mainestripers.com

207-522-9900


Looking Forward

In a time of such upheaval and disruption our first focus is appropriately on family and friends and then likely worry about business and finances. Inevitably, we wonder about a return to normalcy and resumption in the pursuit of our passions. When will we again be fishing with friends? Is the wedding celebration we’re invited to at Popham, Sebasco, Boothbay going to happen? How do I plan for summer with so many unknowns? We ask ourselves these and so many more questions while the realities of our daily life shift under our feet like sand swept by a new moon tide.

I know I’m looking forward to being out on the water, running down the Kennebec River before the sun starts to peak over the spruce trees that line the islands, looking for signs of splashing stripers and fleeing bait. Really, really looking forward all of that and sharing it with you. My fly boxes will be full. New lines rigged. Boats polished. Anticipation overflowing.

I’m ready to put your dates to fish on the calendar. No need for a deposit. We can easily make changes as we learn more about what will and will not work. At a time when we are so appropriately hyper-focused on what is right in front of us, taking a break to look ahead can serve us well.

Until we greet each other in the pre-dawn darkness at the Phippsburg launch ramp, keep your family and your self safe. Put your fly rod together and keep it strung up. Take it and your morning coffee out into the backyard and make some casts. Help your daughter or son find the joy this sport brings you. Drop me a line. Let’s check up on each other and let’s spend some time talking about fishing.

Peter

Capt. Peter Fallon

Gillies & Fallon Guide Service, LLC

207-522-9900

pfallon@mainestripers.com