Libby Sporting Camps, ME

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge in Ashland, Maine.

Libby Sporting Camps, ME

Overview

Libby's has been catering to fly-fishermen in the North Maine Woods region of Maine since 1890. Libby's is sandwiched between Baxter State Park and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, at the headwaters of three of the finest fly-fishing rivers in Maine, the Allagash, Aroostook, and the Penobscot. We are in close proximity to over 40 of the 300 native trout waters in the State of Maine.

Date Range

May 15 - September 30 for rivers and ponds. October 1 - November 30 limited pond fishing.

What is Provided to Customer

Rods, reels, waders, vests available for rental. A small fly shop on site for those things you may have left home.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Fly-fishing for brook trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass. Libby's two seaplanes access over 80 canoes on 40 plus waters in a 20 mile radius from camp. 4X4's for access to those ponds too small to fly into or on foul weather days. Spring and fall wading on streams and rivers. Pond fishing from canoes from May to September.

Typical Weather by Season

Spring fishing (May and June) weather is typically a mix of rain and sun with temperatures dipping into the 30's and 40's at night and creeping up to the 60's by mid afternoon. Mid-summer (July and August) temperatures are generally in the upper 70's, but can jump to 90 or dip down to the 50's. September starts to cool off with frost expected towards the end of the month. Rain gear is a must throughout the season.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

A typical trip is four days of fishing with a guide, five nights lodging and two seaplane fly-outs. Most fishing is done from 8:00 to 6:00, but expect to stay out late for the Hex hatch in early July. Don't be afraid of inclement weather, since the fishing tends to get better when there are more clouds.

Activities

On-site Activities

Fishing, Hiking, Canoeing, Kayaking, Seaplane Scenic flights, Moose watching, Swimming, Orchid Hunts, Bird Watching.

Off-site Activities

White Water Rafting, Mountain Climbing.

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

Private log cabins with bathrooms. All cabins have at least one queen size bed with the larger cabins sleeping up to six. Meals are served family style in the historic, rustic lodge overlooking the lake.

Species

Species You Fish for by Season

May and June: We fish for brook trout with mostly dry flies on the ponds and dries and nymphs on the rivers. Dark Hendrickson, BWO's, and March Brown's towards the end of May, early June, moving into Caddis hatches in the middle of June. When the water warms up and the sun is bright, you will have to go sub-surface for the fish. A good sinking line is highly recommended. For landlocked salmon in the rivers, we mostly use small streamer patterns.

July and August: Fishing for brook trout in cold water spring holes using anything from terrestrials on top to nymphs or wooly buggers.

September: Streamer fishing for brookies and landlocked salmon in the rivers. Caddis, BWO's, Wooly Buggers and nymphs in the ponds for Brookies.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

Good rain gear all season long, sunscreen, footwear that you don't mind getting muddy, hiking boots. Long sleeve, fast drying shirts in light colors especially in black fly season. Bug spray.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Closest airports are Bangor (BGR) and Presque Isle (PQI). Seaplane shuttle from these airports or from any lake in Maine is available. If driving from the south, the last available services including gas, groceries, and cell service is in Patten, Maine.

Q. What is a typical gratuity?
A. Typical guide gratuity is $75 - $100 per day. Typical staff gratuity is 15 - 20% of the lodging portion of the bill.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 92 reviews

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92 of 92 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Fall Classic 2014 - 1/28/2015
    By: from Upland, CA, USA

    We have been going to Libby Camps for almost 10 years. We always make our trip the last week of fishing season in Maine. The Libby family is amazing and accommodating in every way, The meals are scrumptious, the guides are fun and very professional and try their hardest to find the FISH. The cabins are charming, cozy and very comfortable after a day of fishing.

  • 5/5

    Great for all - 1/27/2015
    By: from Philadelphia, PA

    I have been to Libbys 10 times or so - with guys who are hardcore fishermen, and with my wife and kids. It's a fantastic experience for all. Great country, great owners, operators, and staff, great fishing, great lodging and food, great guides - I can't think of a single negative. You need to go.

  • 5/5

    We are addicted to Libby's - 1/27/2015
    By: from New Brunswick Canada

    we visited Libby's twice in 2014. It is the best spot we have ever been to enjoy the outdoors. They look after every need. The food is great and the Libby family and guides are so welcoming and knowledgeable about the outdoors. The accommodation is also first class-comfortable and very clean. Libby Camps is definitely "up market". The fishing is super as well!

  • 5/5

    Libby's is fantastic! - 1/26/2015
    By: from Sandyston, NJ, USA

    We have been going to Libby's for 6 years or so. The Libby family and staff are always so accommodating and deliver the best possible Maine Experience. The facilities, equipment and knowledge of the guides is first rate. My son is always asking to go back. The guides are very patient and make sure the experience is perfect. The food and atmosphere are second to none. It is a one of a kind place and the fishing is always good.

  • 5/5

    Great On-going Tradition - 1/26/2015
    By:

    Libby's continues to offer the best opportunities to catch-and-release wild and beautiful brook trout from a rustic and comfortable traditional Maine North Woods sporting lodge. Combine this with creative home-cooked food, and personable and knowledgeable guides, and you've got a winning experience. Wholly recommend!!

  • 5/5

    fishing trip - 8/5/2014
    By: from Maine

    had a great time

  • 5/5

    Always Great! - 8/5/2014
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  • 5/5

    Libby Camps - Nothing like it out there - 7/30/2014
    By: from Marblehead

    I've been going to Libby Camps for years. Phenomenal experience every time and nothing else like it out there - period. This camp is owned and run by the Libby Family. I believe 5th generation at this point. The Libbys manage a team of guides and support staff that are each, to a person, delightful to meet and interact with. The camp itself consists of a main lodge and a series of log cabins that accommodate various numbers of people. Each cabin has propane lamps, a wood stove and a bathroom/shower with hot/cold water. The entire camp is run on a generator from sunrise to 9:00 PM. Then, after the generator shuts down - you have the propane lamps, the serenity of a fire and the silence of the Maine north woods. Everything at the camp is the way life should be. Easy pace, friendly and relaxing. All meals are home cooked so bring your appetite. Every year I forget about how good the food is - but when I get home, my wife says "all you talk about was how good the food was!" I go up with a group of 4-5 guys each year. We fly fish. Despite having gone to Libbys for years, we have not even come close to fishing every location. Options include driving (all dirt roads and logging trails) or flying to fishing locations. You won't see another human all day long while you fish - but you will catch a ton of fish. Wild Trout and Salmon. These waters have been untouched. No stocked fish - just what's been breeding here naturally. I love flying out to secluded locations and being dropped off for the day. The Libbys have two float planes and most spots are within 10-15 minutes flight time. The Libbys pack you up a picnic lunch. Drop you off and pick you back up at 4:00PM - just in time for a home cooked dinner (and dessert). Talk about a perfect day! After dinner, we sit on the front porch of our cabin in rocking chairs with our drink of choice and a fire in the wood stove - telling fish stories from the day. There are always billions of stars out. At some point we flop down to sleep (best sleep you'll ever get). Then, we wake up and do it all over again. could go on and on, but to really get it, you need to go to Libby camps and see for yourself. It's a different place - the kind of place that doesn't exist anymore.

  • 5/5

    Libby Camps - Nothing like it out there - 7/28/2014
    By: from Marblehead

    I've been going to Libby Camps for years. Phenomenal experience every time and nothing else like it out there - period. This camp is owned and run by the Libby Family. I believe 5th generation at this point, Matt Jr and Jess. They manage a team of guides and support staff that are each, to a person, delightful to meet and interact with. The camp itself consists of a main lodge and a series of log cabins that accommodate various numbers of people. Each cabin has propane lamps, a wood stove and a bathroom/shower with hot/cold water. The entire camp is run on a generator from sunrise to 9:00 PM. Then, after the generator shuts down - you have the propane lamps, the serenity of a fire and the silence of the Maine north woods. Everything at the camp is the way life should be. Easy pace, friendly and relaxing. All meals are home cooked so bring your appetite. Every year I forget about how good the food is - but when I get home, my wife says "all you talk about was how good the food was!" I go up with a group of 4-5 guys each year. We fly fish. Despite having gone to Libbys for years, we have not even come close to fishing every location. Options include driving (all dirt roads and logging trails) or flying to fishing locations. You won't see another human all day long while you fish - but you will catch a ton of fish. Wild Trout and Salmon. These waters have been untouched. No stocked fish - just what's been breeding here naturally. I love flying out to secluded locations and being dropped off for the day. The Libbys have two float planes and most spots are within 10-15 minutes flight time. The Libbys pack you up a picnic lunch. Drop you off and pick you back up at 4:00PM - just in time for a home cooked dinner (and dessert). Talk about a perfect day! After dinner, we sit on the front porch of our cabin in rocking chairs with our drink of choice and a fire in the wood stove - telling fish stories from the day. There are always billions of stars out. At some point we flop down to sleep (best sleep you'll ever get). Then, we wake up and do it all over again. I could go on and on, but to really get it, you need to go to Libby camps and see for yourself. It's a different place - the kind of place that doesn't exist anymore.

  • 5/5

    The Best of the Best - 7/17/2014
    By: from Villa Rica, GA, USA

    This was our 10th year. The total experience - the fish, the guides, the accomodations, the food, the Libby's. As good as it gets!

Libby Sporting Camps
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge
Matt and Jess Libby
PO box 810
Ashland, ME 04732
T8-R9, Millinocket Lake, Maine
207-435-8274

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