"Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world.
It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way.
A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself
that are deeper than the ordinary self." —Ted Hughes
Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore Maine’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds in Western Maine.
In our efforts to conserve, preserve and restore Maine's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds, the burden is great and falls on a few. Please join us to help tackle the needs and threats to keeping our waterways clean, healthy and abundant. For more information, please email, call us at 207-432-1910, or go onto Facebook and leave a comment.
General Membership Meetings & Presentations
The schedule for April through November general membership meetings and presentations is still being developed. Please check back for updates.
February 16, 2017 Our guest speaker is Mr. Robert VanRipe, DIFW Regional Fisheries Biologist for the Rangeley Region, who will discuss the status of the fishery, management plans and issues associated with the Rangeley region. Also, Mr. Jeff Stern from the Androscoggin River Watershed Council will discuss the upcoming dam removal project on the West Branch of the Sunday River, a joint project with Mollyockett Chapter of TU.
March 18, 2017 The 6th Annual Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo will be held at the Bethel Inn Conference Center from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Admission is $5.00, children under 16 are free. Over 40 exhibitors, well known guest speakers, silent auction, raffles, kids fly tying bench, and much more. Please click here, Fly Fishing Expo, to learn more about the Expo.
Spring MCTU Women's Casting and Stream Tactics Course The Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited is teaching a 4-week course for women with instruction on fly tying, lead by Master Maine Guide John Wight and expert tyer Jim Yarasitis. Flies tied during the first two weeks of class include the following: Golden Retrievers, Wooly Buggers, Black Ghosts and Soft Hackle Beadheads.
This spring, the TU branch will continue to offer introductory classes on fly fishing, including casting instruction and stream tactics. FMI contact Mac McGinley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 2017 Annual membership meeting at a date, time, and location TBD. Potluck supper, annual reports by the Chapter President and Treasurer, election of officers and directors, door prizes and raffles. Please check back for updates.
Habitat Restoration and Conservation Projects
West Branch of Sunday River Dam Removal
Gilead Boat Launch Project - Mollyockett Chapter, in partnership with the Androscoggin River Watershed Council and Mahoosuc Land Trust, will be upgrading the boat launch including installing a hard surface trailer-friendly launch ramp, improved parking and access, and erosion control. Please Check back for details concerning volunteer opportunities and schedule.
Waterways like the Crooked River require constant vigilance to ensure the heath and safety of the water and the fish.
MCTU, Bryant Pond 4H, OHCHS and Oxford Hills Middle School kids collect garbage up and down the Little Androscoggin from the Billings dam to the Paris Utility District's settling ponds.
SInce 1998, MCTU has extracted up to four tons of garbage out of the Western Maine waterways, not including two cars and 24 bicycles.
SONGO LOCKS VETERANS' LANDING
The vision to create a casting platform for the priority use of wounded veterans at the famed Songo Locks on Sebago Lake is now becoming a reality.
Annually the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo provides a central location for all who care about our waterways and fly fishing to share their knowledge, skill and wares.
Kids love to tie flies and MCTU has a good time teaching them. Every year we supply the material and tools to helps hundreds learn the art.
WESTERN MAINE FLY FISHING EXPO
From tying to guiding, Western Maine has beautiful waterways for fishermen from all over the world to enjoy.
WESTERN MAINE FLY FISHING EXPO
Mark your calendar for the annual Western Maine Fly Fishing Expos held in March. The Expo is held at the Bethel Inn Resort in beautiful Bethel, Maine.
The annual landlocked salmon egg take is conducted at the DIF&W's facility on Panther Run in Raymond. Field training sessions in spotting SSL Redds by Jim Pellerin help in Swett Brook in Waterford.
SONGO LOCKS VETERANS' LANDING
All of the proceeds raised during the Western Maine Fly Fishing Expo go to directly benefiting conservation projects in the area.
Tying flies at the Fryeburg Fair in the MCTU 'Fishin' Camp' in the Natural Resources building. The Fryeburg Fair happens annually in September and MCTU is always represented.
OUTFITTERS & GUIDES
Fly fishing on the Crooked River in Western Maine in not to be missed. Visit resources on Trout Unlimited for guides and gear.
Bryant Pond 4H Camp offers Fishing Camps the first three weeks in July. For more information check out their schedule. Fishing camps are a great place for kids to find their passion.
If you would like to get involved in the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited, please become a member of Trout Unlimited and get in touch with us here at our Maine Chapter.
March 18 - Western Maine Flyfishing Expo: Kids fly tying bench.
May - Various school fly casting instruction events
June - Bryant Pond 4H Camp Open House:
Fly casting and fly tying for kids.
June–August - Various youth camp fly casting and fly tying instruction
July - NH Civilian Conservation Corps Forest Lodge Field Day
September - Rangeley, Regatta Middle School Field Day at the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum in Oquossoc
October - Fryeburg Fair, kids fly tying bench
Our mission is to conserve, protect and restore Maine’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. We do this with five Maine chapters and about 1500 member-volunteers, through on-the-ground restoration projects, advocacy for the waters we love, and education. Maine is home to the nation’s last Atlantic salmon, the last native landlocked salmon and to more than 97% of the nation’s native and wild brook trout ponds.