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

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Matt J. Libby

Libby Sporting Camps


Phone icon207-435-8274 Email iconmattj@libbycamps.com Link iconlibbycamps.com
PO box 810
Ashland, ME 04732
T8-R9, Millinocket Lake, Maine

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The Story

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 bad 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.

Fishing Package 1

Includes private sleeping cabin with bath on the lake, boat & motor, canoes, kayaks, three home-cooked meals and maid service.
If wanting to access other fishing areas [local streams or remote ponds] a 4×4 is recommended. Flyouts are available as a scenic [starting at $45/person, double occupancy] or as fishing flyout at rate determined by destination [$170-$205/person, double occupancy]
* Rates below are per person and do not include taxes or gratuities.?

Double Occupancy Rates:

  • 2 Nights – Double Occupancy – $560.00
  • 3 Nights – Double Occupancy – $840.00
  • 4 Nights – Double Occupancy – $1,120.00
  • 5 Nights – Double Occupancy – $1,400.00
  • 6 Nights – Double Occupancy – $1,680.00
  • 7 Nights – Double Occupancy – $1,960.00

  • Single Occupancy Rates:

  • 2 Nights – Single Occupancy – $650.00
  • 3 Nights – Single Occupancy – $975.00
  • 4 Nights – Single Occupancy – $1,300.00
  • 5 Nights – Single Occupancy – $1,625.00
  • 6 Nights – Single Occupancy – $1,950.00
  • 7 Nights – Single Occupancy – $2,275.00

Fishing Package 2

Includes private sleeping cabin with bath on lake, boats & motor, canoes, three home cooked meals and maid service, plus one Orvis Endorsed Guide.
Fishing flyouts are available at rate determined by destination [$170-$205/person, double occupancy]. Please indicate at the time of booking if you are willing or have a desire to fly one or multiple days of your trip. This will allow our guides and pilots extra time to plan accordingly.
* Rates below are per person and do not include taxes or gratuities.

Double Occupancy Rates:

  • 3 Nights/2 Days – Double Occupancy – $1,210.00
  • 4 Nights/3 Days – Double Occupancy – $1,675.00
  • 5 Nights/4 Days – Double Occupancy – $2,140.00
  • 6 Nights/5 Days – Double Occupancy – $3,070.00
  • 7 Nights/6 Days – Double Occupancy – $2,800.00

  • Single Occupancy Rates:

  • 3 Nights/2 Days – Single Occupancy – $1,715.00
  • 4 Nights/3 Days – Single Occupancy – $2,410.00
  • 5 Nights/4 Days – Single Occupancy – $3,105.00
  • 6 Nights/5 Days – Single Occupancy – $3,800.00
  • 7 Nights/6 Days – Single Occupancy – $4,495.00

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.

A typical fishing day at Libby Camps starts at 7am sharp for a hearty breakfast. 8am typically finds you with your guide and on your way to the water either by road or by seaplane flyout. Most fishing is done from 8am to 5pm, though July hatches have been known to keep us out later. Lunch is sandwiches just the way you like them – with nearly endless options right down to homemade breads and delicious sweets. Typically, you will return to the lodge around 5pm, where you can take a quick shower in your cabin before joining us for happy hour and appetizers from 5 to 6pm. Fishing stories and humble-brags about your day’s catch are welcomed and encouraged. At 6pm we ring the bell for dinner, and you won’t want to be late. While most first-time guests visit us for the spectacular fishing, they return for years to come because of the food. Dinner is served in several courses and complimented by our extensive list of wines and beers. Typical dinners include several delicious pasta dishes, prime rib, baked stuffed haddock, giant bone-in pork chops, and a variety of dishes prepared according to family recipes passed down from generation to generation for over a century. Sides, Soups, salads, and of course dessert round out an unforgettable dining experience that will have you asking your guide what’s for dinner on your way to the water the following day.

*A typical trip is four days of fishing with a guide, five nights lodging and two seaplane fly-outs. We fish rain or shine, and often find our best, most consistent success in overcast or rainy days. While the above itinerary represents a typical day, let us know during the booking process if you prefer a different fishing schedule and we will work with your guide to accommodate any requests within reason.

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.

Libby Camps is located in the North Maine Woods on Millinocket Lake in T8-R9. Ten cabins line the shore with the historic main lodge as the centerpiece. Our historic private log cabins are the perfect combination of classic comfort, rustic charm, and modern amenities. All cabins include at least one queen bed and accommodate groups from 4 to 6 comfortably. Each cabins has a unique and storied history, and we often have regular guests who return year after year to experience each one. Our newest and most modern “cabin” Grey Ghost as built in 2015 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Libby Camps. It easily accommodates larger groups and families with one king, one queen, one full, and two twin beds. This is the first cabin on the property with a fully equipped kitchen, private 24/7 generator, propane heat, and independent WIFI among a large list of other comforts and amenities. For a full list of our cabins, complete with photos, please visit www.libbycamps.com/cabins.

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.

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.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Fantastic Fly Fishing Vacation We just returned from our 4th trip to Libby's. With the whole Covid thing going on, Maine was one of the few destinations available to us (from NY state). We fished some spring holes, small streams and beautiful lakes. On more than one day during our week's stay my wife and I caught (and released) more than 25 brook trout each. On our last day there was a drake hatch, matched with some water boatmen, so all afternoon we were catching huge brookies. The perfect ending ! Accommodations were fabulous as always, meals were great! We were thrilled to have our guide Rick again. Libby's is the BEST!
Date published: 2020-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heaven on earth I’ve been coming Libby Camps for 7 years. Pure enjoyment. Get away from the rat race and just chillax.
Date published: 2020-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked good time in the North Maine Woods! I've been making annual trips to Libby Camps for the start of the bird hunting season for several years. The abundance of wild grouse and woodcock are just the thing to start a new dog, or restart an older dog, for the up coming season. The hunting, however, is just a small part of the trip. The staff, accommodations, and overall hospitality can't be beat. Every year, as we drive out the Oxbow Road, the discussion always centers around how much fun we had and how we're looking forward to our next trip to Libby Camps. Can't wait!
Date published: 2020-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect North Woods Experience Whether it's your first or returning visit you're welcomed into camp like a member of the Libby family. Friendly greetings from Matt and guide Toby, great mels, and well appointed lodge and cabins combine to give Libby's the true spirit of the North Maine Woods. Add to that abundant Brook Trout fishing with Toby, or other experienced guides, and Libby Camps can't be beat for the experience of a lifetime.
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great experience I’ve been to Libby Camps for 3 yrs. now. A great place to be. Love the Orvis kayaks they had this yr.
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ritz Carlton of the North Woods The accommodations are second to none spotless. The staff Absolutely attentive to all your needs. The food is delicious and plentiful. Guides are the best part of the trip, fishing or hunting, you won’t find a better bunch of folks to be with. I have been there numerous times and can’t wait to get back there awesome. It’s the best in lodge in the Northwoods !!!
Date published: 2019-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great people great facilities great fishing When me and my friends first looked to rent a camp after years of tent fishing I looked at every camp in the North Maine Woods and the waters their cabins were on. Libby's was the only one that had ALL their cabins on trout waters (sorry to the others, I'm not interested in pickeral in bass). This was about 20 years ago and it's just as good today as it was then. I have caught the biggest brook trout ever in my life while at a Libby cabin (sorry not telling which one!). The amenities are perfect, be it large groups or small. I cant recommend them enough.
Date published: 2019-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memories that will last forever. The whole experience exceed expectations. What great about it was, the people love what they do. The knowledge and respect for the environment is impressive. The lodging comfortable and the food was quality home cooked meals. The package was; what's not to like?
Date published: 2019-12-21
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