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Page Contents

  1. Why Fish New England
  2. Definition of Guided DIY Fishing  
  3. Lessons vs. Guiding
  4. Maine Guided DIY Programs
  5. Northern New Hampshire Guided DIY Programs
  6. Maine Fly Fishing School -- 100% Wild Fish
  7. ME-NH-MA Stripers on the Fly & Light Tackle
  8. Frequently Asked Questions
  9. Fee's, Payment, Terms - Conditions, Welcome Brochure

1. Why Fish New England

New Hampshire mountain stream.  Striper waters are only three hours from here.

















Hundreds of years ago, the surrounding waters of New England, either sweet or salt, were teeming with aquatic life.  Just down the street from my home, we had prolific runs of anadromous species such as Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic Sturgeon, Shad, Herring, Salters -- Brook Trout, American Eel, and Striped Sea Bass. For over a millennium, it was a very WILD place -- the average NH Brook Trout weighed five pounds!  When compared to current fishing conditions, it's almost unimaginable to comprehend what we once had.  Times have changed.  New England is not as wild as it once was. However, in specific micro fisheries, we still have the opportunity to fish for wild species.  Fishing for wild species -- that's what our guided DIY programs are all about. 

If you happen to be visiting New England, consider joining us for one of the programs listed below. We think you will enjoy our approach to teaching, and catching wild fish.  
   
2. Definition of Guided DIY Fishing

Whether you work with us in the New England or in Argentina, we specialize in guided DIY fishing programs. These programs are designed to eliminate all the challenges associated with independent traveling and fishing.  Specific to New England, here's what you can expect: 
 
  1. Guided DIY: Do it Yourself, but work directly with an expert guide and travel host.
  2. Wild Fish: Whether sweet or salt water, we target water that holds wild Brook Trout, Land Lock Salmon and Striped Sea Bass.
  3. Lodging:  A.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, with your guide.  B.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, without your guide.  C). you can stay in-town, at a hotel.  
  4. Knowledge: We are DIY anglers.  Overall, we know what your fishing and travel needs are. 
  5. Daily Plan: You have complete control of your time/daily schedule.  When you are off the water, you can do anything you want. 
  6. Food: Clients buy and prepare their own food.  Our DIY lodging is always a short distance to town --grocery store/restaurants.
  7. Transportation: Generally, clients are responsible for transportation; however, we have picked clients up at regional airports (please inquire for more details).
  8. Length of Stay: Packages can be single day or multi-day/weekly fishing programs.

3.  Lessons vs. Guiding

Hire a licensed guide or captain to catch fish.  Hire a certified casting instructor to learn how to cast. Hiring a person who is both a casting instructor and guide, may have distinct advantages.

  • You hire a guide or captain because you want to catch fish on waters that you are not familiar with. He/She is the expert on these waters.  They know what equipment to use, casting-presentation techniques to employ, and which flies will catch fish.   
  • Hiring a guide does not guarantee that you will catch fish, especially if you are a beginner. If you hire a guide, the guide is expecting that you already know how to fish.  Overall, your guide/captain provides a fishing experience, not a formal teaching experience.  
  • If you are beginner, you should look into fly casting lessons offered by certified fly casting instructors.  A program combining on-land fly casting instruction and in-water fly fishing, may accelerate your learning experience (see #6, below).

NOTE: We offer guiding services to advance beginners, and intermediate/advance anglers only. For true beginners, we offer a variety of teaching services that focus on fly casting and fish guiding lessons/instruction. If this is confusing, please inquire for more details.

4. Maine Guided DIY Program

100% Wild Maine Brook Trout --Salvelinus Fontinalis













Guided DIY Maine Wild Brook Trout and Land Lock Salmon

There is a HUGE difference between catching stocked fish vs. wild fish. It's difficult to explain; the differences are personal, political and environmental.  Let's just say, when you finally catch a wild fish, whether it's a British Columbia Steelhead or Maine Brook Trout, you will understand why it is worth the time and effort.      

Just about anywhere in the world, it is possible to do your own DIY fishing trips.  However, tapping into local knowledge, for instance, where to find the best waters, can be very challenging (especially, if you have limited time).  Our guided DIY programs are designed to eliminate all the challenges associated with independent traveling--fishing.  Our services are similar to a full-service lodge/camp; however, our prices are up to 50% less. 


General Info


  • Guide: All guiding will be provided by a licensed Maine guide. 
  • Where: Rangeley, Maine.  Rangeley is known as the Brook Trout capital of New England, and one of the few places left that holds wild populations of fish (big wild fish).
  • When: Fishing season begins April and ends November 1st.  Regardless of the week/month, we find that our techniques consistently produce fish. You may not catch a state record, but you'll catch enough to be happy.  Plus, we'll teach you how to surgically dissect technical New England waters. 
  • Lodging: A.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, with your guide.  B.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, without your guide.  C). you can stay in-town, at a hotel. 
  • Transportation: Clients are responsible for transportation; however, on occasion, we do pick-up clients up at regional airports. 
  • WhoTrips available for one to four anglers. Advance Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance Levels Only. 
  • Equipment: Choice of equipment/clothing depends on weather-conditions. We do not provide waders or wading boots.  Please consult with FCFF.   
  • Cost: Each guided DIY trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details. 

5. Northern New Hampshire Guided DIY Program

NH's White Mountains and Wild Brook Trout
























Guided DIY Northern New Hampshire Wild Brook Trout & Land Lock Salmon

New Hampshire waters are heavily managed by the Fish & Game Department.  Even the trophy section of the Connecticut River, thought to be a very wild river, is stocked.  As a result, if you are from out of town, finding waters that hold native-wild fish can be challenging.  In Northern New Hampshire only, we have a small handful of streams that hold wild-native species.  These streams will never produce a state record, but the experience will be one of your most memorable. Be prepared to surgically dissect crystal clear pocket water -- it's tactile, finite fishing and its extremely rewarding, even if the largest wild Brook Trout is only eight inches long. 
      



General Info

  • Guide: All guiding will be provided by a licensed New Hampshire guide.
  • Where: White Mountains National Forest and surrounding area. 
  • Who: Trips available for 1-2 anglers.  Advance Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance Levels Only. 
  • When: Fishing season begins April and ends November 1st.  Regardless of the week/month, we find that our techniques consistently produce fish.
  • Lodging: A.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, with your guide.  B.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, without your guide.  C.) you can stay in-town, at a hotel.     
  • Transportation: Clients are responsible for transportation; however, on occasion, we do pick clients up at regional airports. 
  • Equipment:  Choice of equipment/clothing depends on weather-conditions. We do not provide waders or wading boots.  Please consult with FCFF.   
  • Cost: Each guided DIY trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details.

6. Maine Fly Fishing School -- 100% Wild Fish

This beginner student did not catch a state record, but on his first day out, he did catch the Rangeley Grand Slam (Brook Trout, Land Lock Salmon and Fall Fish/Chub).  He practiced a variety of techniques; he caught dozens of fish; he dramatically improved his fishing skills.  



Wild Brook Trout and Land Locked Salmon

Based on our teaching and guiding experience, there is a strong need for beginner -- intermediate anglers to participate in a multi-day program that offers on-land and in-water instruction. Why?  If you only take an on-land fly casting course, or only cast at a pond, you fail to learn how to target, and catch fish.
 
Our multi-day program includes everything from A to Z (equipment set-up, fly casting, fly tying, safety techniques, and actively fishing for wild fish). Depending on your specific desires, we can teach you how to dry-fly, wet-fly, streamer, indicator nymph, and tight-line nymph fishing. Lastly, we can teach you how to fish with either single-hand or two-hand rods. By the end of this program, you'll be able to fish with confidence, entirely on your own. 

Your instructors and guides have been professionally trained and certified to be both educators and guides.  We have passed state and national criminal background checks. Outside of fishing, we are highly educated professionals. Your instruction will be highly dynamic -- not manualized.  You'll be working with excellent communicators -- the key to great instruction.



First Cast Fly Fishing (FCFF) vs. Old School (Other)

Rather than copy a traditional fly fishing school model, we have challenged ourselves to create an innovative educational experience, entirely dedicated to you and wild fish. Why? There is a HUGE difference between a copied business vs. an educational model purposely designed to help you learn faster and enjoy the process more. Add in wild fish, and you quickly realize that our program is more than a school, it's an incredible personal experience -- the way fly fishing ought to be.  When you buy our product (service) -- when you work with us, you will be exposed to the best educational model -- not a business that has been copied.

At FCFF, we don't run an outdated educational model. Our teaching techniques are modern, based on your Emotional Intelligence (E.I.), not a textbook that was written 50 years ago. The majority of our classes are held with only one or two anglers. We define a small group as less than four. If you want to learn how to fish, shouldn't you spend your time in the river fishing, not at a casting pond? Our casting and fishing classroom is the river!
  
Our E.I. Fly education model is based on 21st century, proven science -- not a century old model. You will not be lost in a large group class. You will constantly engage with your instructor. You learn from your instructor, real fishing conditions, and yourself -- feedback and learning are constant.

Aren't schools suppose to publish a mission statement and teaching philosophy -- we do.  If you pay for an educational program, don't you want the best model, taught by the most qualified experienced teachers? You will be working directly with innovators, creators, and educators who journey with you -- not lecture you.


Standard models are designed to herd students into a weekend program.  Two whole days sounds great, but in reality you may only be paying for 10-12 hours of instruction, and up to 80% of that time might be spent in a classroom, or at a casting pond.



General Info

  • Instructor & Guide: This service is led by an IFFF certified casting instructor, and a licensed Maine Guide.
  • Who: A must have for beginner and intermediate anglers.  
  • Species: Wild Brook Trout and Land Locked Salmon. 
  • Where Maine: Rangeley, Maine.  Rangeley is known as the Brook Trout capital of New England. 
  • On-land:  Lessons can begin on land, in or near your hometown, and then transition to Rangeley. 
  • When: Fishing season begins April and ends November 1st.  Regardless of the week/month, we find that our techniques consistently produce fish.
  • Lodging:  A.) You can stay in our DIY fishing home, with your guide.  B.) You can stay in our DIY fishing without your guide.  C.)  You can stay in-town, at a hotel.
  • Length of Stay:  To get the most out of your experience, we recommend a minimum of three days of combined instruction and guiding.    
  • Transportation: Clients are responsible for transportation; however, on occasion, we do pick clients up at regional airports. 
  • Equipment:  At the very least, we expect you to have waders and wading boots.  If you need more equipment, please consult with FCFF.  
  • Cost: The cost for this program is different from the published pricing, listed under Lessons & Guiding.  This program is 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details.

7. ME-NH-MA Stripers on the Fly & Light Tackle

+40" Morone Saxatilis -- Striped Sea Bass











    
What has big lips, a huge mouth, can survive in both salt and fresh water, habitat range is from Northern Florida to Canada, is a keystone specie, and can make early morning anglers late for work? Let me introduce you to New England's last wild anadromous game fish, Marone Saxatilis, or as we say in New England, Stripaahs! 

If you are a true DIY walk-wade angler, we have plenty of spots to guide you.  However, fishing from our in-shore boat, allows you to cover more water, and catch more fish.  In fact, our client catch rate on our boat is 85% higher than our guided DIY walk-wade program.



General Info

  • Where: Northern, Massachusetts, New Hampshire Seacoast, Southern Maine.
  • When: Season runs from May to November.  Contact us for best times.
  • How:  A.) In-shore boat, offering fly and light tackle.  B)  Guided DIY walk-wade.  
  • Lodging: A.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, with your guide.  B.) you can stay in our DIY fishing home, without your guide.  C). you can stay in-town, at a hotel. 
  • Transportation: Clients are responsible for transportation; however, on occasion, we do pick-up clients up at regional airports. 
  • WhoTrips available for one to four anglers. Advance Beginner, Intermediate, and Advance Levels Only.
  • Equipment: Choice of equipment/clothing depends on weather-conditions.  We do not provide waders or wading boots.  On our boat program, fishing license is included, and fly rods and light tackle are provided. 
  • Cost: Each guided DIY trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs.  Please contact FCFF for more details.

NOTE: Much like the Trout and Salmon lessons mentioned above (#6), we offer on-land Striper fly casting lessons, and in-water/on our boat Striper fishing instruction and guiding  If you are a beginner, or an intermediate angler looking to improve your game, this program is highly recommended.  For more details, please contact us.


8. Frequent DIY Questions & Answer

Q:  I want to learn how to fly cast and fish for Striper's, can you teach me? 
A:  Yes.  As a certified IFFF casting instructor, I have the ability to teach fly casting for any specie in the world.  If you desire in-water guiding instruction, we provide that service as well; however, you must be a proficient caster. For safety reasons, we do not take beginners in the salt water.  Please inquire for more details.        

Q:  During the fishing season, what is the best month/week to fish Rangeley, Maine? 
A:  It's hard to say; however, unlike most guides/lodges, we will tell you when the fishing is hot or slow.  Even when the fishing conditions are not optimal, we have been known to catch plenty of fish. How?  Having fished throughout the world, we have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.   

Q:  During the fishing season, what is the best month/week to fish New Hampshire? 
A:  It's hard to say; however, unlike most guides/lodges, we will tell you when the fishing is hot or slow.  Even when the fishing conditions are not optimal, we have been known to catch plenty of fish. How?  Having fished throughout the world, we have plenty of tricks up our sleeves.      

Q:  During the fishing season, what is the best month/week to fish for Striped Sea Bass and Tuna? 
A:  We catch fish as early as mid-May.  Overall, the first two-three weeks of June can be very good. As the season lengthens, there are many variables that determine our success (temperature, time of day, etc).  The fall run of Stripers and Tuna is worth your time and attention (think September/October). Please inquire for current conditions.  

Q:  I like your concept of guided DIY fishing.  Could I work with you for a few days and then fish on my own? 
A:  Yes, of course.  

Q:  I agree, I don't want to stay at a camp -- lodge, but I am not sure I want to stay with your guides. Can I make my own lodging arrangements. 

A:  Yes, of course.  I would consult with us first because we have relationships at specific hotels. 

Q:  I am a beginner/intermediate angler.  Will I be catching lots of big fish? 

A:  If it was one hundred years ago, without hesitation, I could confidently say that you will be catching lots of BIG wild fish.  Truth be told, times have changed; but there are still large fish to be caught.  Our programs focus on a quality experience, catching wild fish, regardless of their size.   

Q: I am a beginner/intermediate, can you guide me -- I want to catch fish?

A: There is a major difference between guiding and teaching. Our fishing programs are set up for guiding proficient anglers.

Q:  Are there blood suck mosquito's and life threaten insects/animals?
A:  Yes.  In the mountains of New Hampshire and the woods of Maine, be prepared for black flies, deer flies, and ticks.  Along the seacoast, green-head flies, can be troublesome.  In the woods, you might see a moose, but there are no dangerous animals.    

Q:  Can you send me more detailed information about your services.
A:  Yes.  One we receive a deposit, you will receive an in depth welcome brochure.  99.9% of all Q&A and pre-trip planning, will be in this document.

Q:  For guiding, do you provide flies and equipment? 
A:  For our Striper boat program, we provide all equipment.  For our NH/ME guiding programs: 99% of clients have their own equipment.  Our guides always carry flies, and if needed, an extra rod.  To keep our prices affordable, we ask that you bring your own flies and equipment. 

Q:  How many days are we on-land teaching vs. in-water fishing? 
A:  Our program is organic, not manualized.   Your will  begin casting on land for two-three hours. You will then practice casting on water, for about one-two hours. Our goal is steady progression; i.e. get you in the water as quickly and safely as possible.

    
9. Fee's, Payment, Terms- Conditions, Welcome Brochure

Guided DIY  Fee's


We do not post a fee schedule because each trip is 100% customized to meet your personal needs. We believe you'll find our fee's to be very competitive. 


Repeat Client Pricing

  • If you repeat the same itinerary as the previous year, your pricing will be the same (exact dates/months are not critical).
  • Upon the third year, if your repeat the same program as year two, we may increase the price, but only up-charge by 10%.
  • Upon the fourth year, if you repeat the same program as year three, your pricing will be the same. 

USA Payment Options

  • Venmo, Cash, Bank Check, Money Order

International Payment Options
  • Paypal, Bank E-Transfer

Welcome Brochure

Upon receipt of your deposit, you will receive an extensive informational brochure. 

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