Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Union, Maine

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Don Kleiner

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide


Phone icon207-785-4496 Email icondonk@maineoutdoors.biz Link iconmaineoutdoors.biz
69 Beote Road
Union, ME 04862

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The Story

Don Kleiner is here to help you create cherished memories of great times outdoors. This is the experience that you come to Maine for! Imagine paddling along a secluded shore while loons call, or drifting silently along, casting a line while eagles watch. We have been delighting folks like you for over 25 years. We offer exclusive fishing trips. Kids and beginners are our specialty.

Date Range

Available from May 1 - December 10.

What is Provided to Customer

Everything is provided but warm clothing and a smile! We can provide rods rigged and ready, along with the terminal tackle you will need to be successful.

Region/Terrain Where You Fish

Mid-coast Maine, covering both salt- and freshwater opportunities. Saltwater fishing is primarily on the Saint George River chasing stripers and the occasional bluefish. Freshwater is primarily for smallmouth bass in lakes and ponds by boat to provide the best opportunities for success. Trout (primarily brook trout) are available during cooler water periods in early spring and fall.

Typical Weather by Season

Early spring and fall can be quite chilly; think warm clothing at that time of year. Rain gear adds a layer of wind protection. Cold rain and wind are distinct possibilities during this part of the year with daytime highs sometimes only in the 40s.

Summer days start out cool and frequently foggy with temperatures in the upper 50s. By midday, the fog is gone and, with the sun, temperatures get up to 70 or even 80 degrees. Even in summer, some days can be very cool.

What Should Customers Bring?

Always bring warm clothing on the Maine Coast, as the weather is rarely hot. Sunscreen is always advisable when around the water, and your camera is welcome. If you are planning to wade a local river, your own waders will likely fit better and be more comfortable. Rain gear is nice to have along but we have some to lend.

Species You Fish for by Season

The season starts in late April for early season trout fishing, gradually shifting to bass in freshwater. Stripers arrive in our river by mid-June and stick around until Labor Day. Freshwater fishing picks up on bass in September with trout again available from October until early December.

Sample of Typical Itinerary

Trips are either 3 or 6 hours in length. Start and end times are easily adapted to your schedule and prime fishing times. Lunch is included on 6-hour trips and licenses are included on all trips. Fishing equipment and flies are available for your use at all times as a part of the trip. If you are staying in the local area we can pick you up and return you to where you are staying at the end of your trip.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from great two day of striper fishing2 Don keep us moving... if nothing was biting after 4 or 5 casts we would move on to a new spot and usually it was "BINGO", he would have found the stripers. When we had hit them hard in that area, we would move on to the next. He is very warm hearted. Informative and gracious.
Date published: 2019-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great time and excellent host! I had forgotten how much I absolutely loved fishing and experiencing the thrill of exploring new bodies of water. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to try fly fishing and let me say I was not disappointed. Don was an excellent teacher and has officially made me catch the fly fishing bug (all puns intended). I just wish I wasn't so out of practice or I would have caught more fish because anytime my casts were on target we had action. Don definitely knows his stuff and conveys his knowledge to us, beginners, in a way that is easy to understand and implement. Thank you Don for teaching me that fly fishing isn't just some daunting task that only expert fishermen can do and for just simply reminding me how much fun fishing can be.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don is the man! We went up to Maine for my Bachelor Party and booked Don for a full day on the water. The lake was beautiful, the rods were great quality and the fish were biting! I would highly suggest using Don for an outing if you find yourself in the area, or honestly even if you don't. Do yourself a favor and go spend some time in Maine with Don.
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bachelor getaway What a trip! A friend of mine is getting married and decided to have a bachelor party weekend in Maine. Lucky for me, he recently caught the fly fishing bug and we were able to sneak away from the shenanigans for a day and do some fishing in a place we had never been. Don was superb - knowledgeable accommodating to all of our skill levels and got us on fish early and often! It's quite obvious that he's been doing this awhile and still having fun doing it! If we ever get back to Maine, expect a call from an eager to be repeat customer (you've been warned)!
Date published: 2019-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fishing! Don listened well to what I wanted in a morning of fishing and took care business! He had excellent gear (fly gear for me), a great boat and knew where to fish. Don accommodated our different skill levels well and made the whole more enjoyable. I recommend Don and would use him again.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect day I had an extra day in Maine and contacted Don. He understood exactly what skill level I was(beginner) what I wanted to work on and did it all while putting me on fish the whole time. Could not have been better in any way.
Date published: 2016-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fly Fishing Trip My husband and I recently had the pleasure of fishing with Don in the Maine Outdoors. It was a fantastic trip!! We had the opportunity to fish in several locations, where Don shared his considerable expertise to insure that we had a great time. We plan to go back for a repeat experience!
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good time was had by all Don was an excellent host and teacher for my daughter who had never held a fly rod. My wife and I while novice, enjoyed his company and his pointers. We'll be going back Spring 2016.
Date published: 2015-09-23
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