September 24, 2013
Pete Smith of Farmington, Maine successfully defending his 2012 title, won the trophy for the biggest trout caught during the annual Upper Andro 2-Fly Contest in Bethel held Saturday, September 21. Pete netted a 16” brook trout. Second place went to Jerry Miller of Marblehead, MA with a 15 1/4 inch rainbow trout and third place to Justin Snow of Plymouth, ME who caught a 14” brook trout.
The award for the largest catch went to Kate Farnham of Bath, ME who caught 7 brown trout and a brook trout. Tied for second place with 7 fish were Jerry Miller, Dan Reader of Dover, NH and Todd Richard of Farmington, ME. Third place honors went to Sean Libbey of Deerfield, MA, Justin Snow, and Chandler Woodcock of Farmington each betting 6 trout.
The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy presented to the oarsman of the team who caught the most fish was awarded to Brian Reader, Cornish, ME of the Western Maine Drifters/Patagonia team. Anglers Sean Libbey and Dan Reader caught a total of 13 fish.
Maineflyfish.com’s “Chubnado” trophy for the largest chub caught went to Hakan Adams of Mason Township, ME who caught a 12 inch chub.
Twelve teams of two anglers and an oarsman fished the Upper Androscoggin River from Shelburne, NH to Rumford Center, Maine. The anglers were restricted to using only two flies to catch the biggest and the most trout for an eight hour time period from 6 am to 2 pm.
Friday afternoon’s Northeast Drift Boat Championship, testing the rowing skills of the oarsmen over a ¼ mile course, turned out to be a battle of sexes between oarswoman Kate Farnham and her mother as passenger representing the Fish-n-Chicks Team and Luke Gray of Locke Mountain Guide Service and his passenger Eric Melanson representing Bethel Bait, Tackle & More and Allmarine.com. The contest ended in a virtual tie of 12 minutes and 34 seconds after deductions were made for buoy infractions.
Awards were presented at the Bethel Inn Resort immediately following a drift boat parade up Bethel’s Main Street and around the Harvest Fest on the town common. Along with trophies, winners received merchandise prizes from Orvis, Sun Valley Sports, L.L. Bean, Kittery Trading Post, Patagonia, and True North Adventureware.
August 30, 2013
The prestigious Chubnado trophy is awarded to the angler who catches for the largest chub at the annual 2-Fly contest. This annual award is sponsored by maineflyfish.com and is carved by Kevin Oldenburg from upstate New York. Of-course, the largest trout angler receives his or her choice of merchandize prizes from Orvis, L.L. Bean, Patagonia and the Kittery Trading Post.
June 9, 2013
Crews in four drift boats stocked the Upper Andro down river from Gilead on June 4th with about 240 browns and 160 rainbows. The browns are a new strain of fish which I F& W hopes will hold over better. Here Bob Harkins of Bethel accepts his allotment. The IF&W crew also pumped in another 1500 fish along the river.
September 17, 2012
Pete Smith of Farmington, Maine won the trophy for the biggest trout caught during the annual Upper Andro 2-Fly Contest in Bethel held Saturday, September 15. Pete netted a 15” brook trout in the river near Gilead. Second place went to Jerry Miller of Marblehead, MA with a 14 1/8th inch brook trout and third place to Sean Libbey of Deerfield, MA who caught two 14” rainbow trout.
The award for the largest catch went to Dan Reader of Rochester, NH who caught six rainbows and a brook trout. Second place went to Todd Richard of Farmington, ME who caught five rainbows and a brown trout and third place went to Amy Grant-Trefethen of Mt. Vernon, Maine who caught 3 rainbows, a brook trout and a brown trout.
The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy presented to the oarsman of the team who caught the most fish was shared between the teams from Schiavi Homes/Northern Lights, Scott Stone from Norway, ME as oarsman, and Skinny Moose Media’s Western Maine Drifters team rowed by Brian Reader of Cornish, ME. Read more
March 26, 2012
The Western Maine Fly Fishing Show held recently in Bethel, Maine at the Bethel Inn, was deemed “really successful” by Upper Andro Angler Alliance’s Wende Gray.
For photos and comments by Kevin Mckay about the show, please visit the MaineFlyFish website.
March 14, 2012
The Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo scheduled from 9:30 am to 4 pm Saturday, March 24 at the Bethel Inn Conference Center in Bethel will feature authors, artists and artisans along with outfitters, guides and sporting camps.
Authors include Robert Romano, author of several novels about the Rangeley Lakes region including “North of Easie”; Topher Browne, Patagonia Fishing Ambassador and author of an upcoming book on the Atlantic salmon; Kathy Scott, author of “Brook Trout Forest” and David Tibbetts, watercolorist and author of “Tight Lines”. Artist John Swan of Portland will exhibit his fine art watercolors and Gene Bahr his 3-D and wall-mounted fish carvings and bronzes. Terry Walsh, a jeweler from Maine’s Midcoast will have his fine pendants on display. Selene Dumaine, Ed Muzeroll, Sharon Wright and Charles Mann will be demonstrating the fine craft of fly tying. David van Burgel and Jim Becker will be building Bamboo Rods. Film maker Carter Davidson of Gray Ghost Productions will be showing excerpts from his fishing films “The One” “East by Northeast” and “The Good Life”.
Information on the expo is available on line at www.westernmaineflyfishingexpo.com or by phoning the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance at 207-824-3694.
September 20, 2011
For the first time in the 2-Fly contest history there was a tie at the top for the biggest fish caught during the 7 hour fly-fishing competition held on the Upper Androscoggin River on Saturday, September 17. Both Rex Cummings of Bethel, Maine and Jim Bernstein of Cape Neddick, Maine caught a 15 ½ inch rainbow trout. The fishermen drew straws to see who would have first choice of the many prizes donated by LL Bean, Orvis, Patagonia, the Kittery Trading Post, Sun Valley Sports and Carter’s Farm and Outdoor Center. Cummings won the draw and chose an Orvis Helios fly rod. Bernstein chose an insulated gear bag from Patagonia. Second place went to Emily Cote of Monmouth, Maine, who caught a 14 inch rainbow. Emily received a fishing kayak from LL Bean. Third place with a 13 ½ inch rainbow went to Dan Harrison of Kennebunk, Me . The First Place trophy for the largest catch of the day went to Peter Smith of Wilton, Me with 11 trout, 2nd place to Todd Richard of Farmington, Me. with 10 trout and 3rd place to Kevin McKay of Winterport, Me. with 8 trout. The Rocky Freda Turtle Water Trophy for the Team who caught the most fish was presented to Scott Stone, the oarsman for the team of Northern Lights/Schiavi Homes, who brought 21 trout to net . A wooden, hand-carved trophy donated by Maineflyfish.com was presented to the angler who caught the smallest chub. This year’s chub trophy went to Chandler Woodcock of Farmington, Maine. Read more
July 29, 2011
In Bethel, Maine Scheduled for September 16 & 17
The Upper Andro Two Fly Contest and Northeast Drift Boat Championship are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 16 and 17, 2011, in conjunction with Bethel’s Annual Harvest Fest. The competitions are the annual fund-raisers for the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance, a non-profit group dedicated to the conservation, protection, restoration and promotion of the natural fishing resource of the Upper Androscoggin River, its tributaries, watershed and environs.
Contestants may use only two flies during the event, which starts at 6:00 am on Saturday. Teams may launch from public launch sites from the New Hampshire border at Shelburne to Rumford Center. The contest concludes at 1:00 pm. Read more
July 6, 2011
Frost Farm Gallery will hold a “First Friday” reception, meet and greet the artist on Friday, July 1 from 5-8pm at the gallery located in the historic David W. Frost farm, 272 Pikes Hill in Norway. The exhibit will feature recent bronze sculpture and graphic works by internationally-acclaimed artist, sculptor and conservationist Vito DeVito.
A graduate of Seton Hall University, Mr. DeVito studied extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe. Today, he is a successful artist and sculptor, as well as a dedicated conservationist. Seasonally, the DeVito family has traveled to their Norway, Maine home where Mr. DeVito has painted during the summer months for the past twenty-five years. Read more
April 26, 2011
UPPER ANDRO ANGLERS ALLIANCE AND TELSTAR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CLEAN UP ANDROSCOGGIN RIVER
As part of National River Cleanup, members of the Upper Andro Anglers Alliance and students from the Telstar Challenge Course at Telstar High School in Bethel, Maine will clean up a section of the Androscoggin River from Newt’s Landing in West Bethel to Davis Park in Bethel on Thursday, May 19. Students, ages 16-18, will float down the river in rafts armed with garbage bags and towing garbage scow rafts to collect debris along the riverbanks. The clean-up flotilla will launch at 9 am from Newt’s Landing and take out at Davis Park. Community members are welcome to help clean-up this and other stretches of the river. The town of Bethel will provide trash collection at Davis Park and deliver to the town’s solid waste facility. Read more