Lots of different fishing holes

Rapid River 1998

Dave on ROFF had asked me to join him for a few days on the Rapid and by his descriptions of it, I had to give it a try. We had never met before, but had conversed many times through the usenet group. So at Dave’s urgings, I drove down to Maine to meet him and his nephew for a few days on the Rapid.

We stayed at Lakewood Camps, a very rustic, but very well run collection of cabins and dining room that is very suitable for the angler who likes his fishing laid back.

The Rapid River flows out of Lake Richardson through an ancient covered dam that is still a functional part of an extensive hydro electric project. The tailwater provides excellent dry fly angling for brookies and landlocked salmon, plus togue (river run lake trout) are also available in the slower, deeper sections.

Lake Richardson is part of the Rangeley Lakes of Carrie Stevens fame. Stevens’ cabin is actually across Lake Richardson from Lakewood Camps. Her patterns are still effective on these waters and a considerable number of my fish fell to her flies.

A good view of the covered dam and Dave working a good nymphing run.

This man-made rock formation is part of the wingdam setup used when the Rapid was a major logging river. The loggers could use the wing dam to direct the logs into one of two currents. Only the rocks remain from this structure and the fishing off of it is excellent.

A view of Second Current from the wingdam; another great fishing run.

A nice landlock who fell victim to a Mickey Finn streamer.

A nice brookie out of the same run.

And another nice landlock, this one a victim of a caddis dry fly.