James Frakes comes to us from Montana. By way of Southern California. By way of Maine. That is, Maine is where James started fishing, and he is a registered Maine guide. For three years he worked in a fly shop and guided in that beautiful state. When the inkling to go back to school hit, an article about a University of Montana program turned his gaze back to the west. Wonder if the incredible fly fishing had anything to do with his decision to go there? He is enjoying learning how to fly fish those new waters when taking a break from his studies. But his most epic day of fishing takes us back to Maine for a spectacular topwater smallmouth fly fishing smackdown on the Penobscot River.
As a registered Maine Guide, James is well versed on all the fish there. His favorite targets there are smallmouth bass, although stripers and trout are also in his bag of tricks. In SoCal, his favorite fish to target is carp in the urban jungle. Now in the grandeur of Montana, it’s the trout that have his undivided attention, with an occasional diversion for a monster pike here and there.
James Frakes and a serious smorgasbord of species he has caught on the fly
This episode takes place on the Penobscot River in Maine.
Catch of the Day
This episode is a topwater smallmouth bass smackdown. For James it was a smallmouth fly fishing topwater smackdown. Pretty high fun factor by my reckoning.
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