Each year for the last 4 years I've floated the Kennebec River with Master Maine Guide and Patagonia product tester Sean McCormick. It's always special but this year was exceptional. I managed to complete the Kennebec Grand Slam (brown, brookie, rainbow and landlock salmon). I also landed a memorable 20" brown (shown above) that absolutely crushed my barbless size 18 olive dry. 5wt line peeled off the reel instantly and each time the guide tried to net the trout during the nervous fight. On top of it all, Sean found one of the coolest Abenaki Indian stone tools (front and back shown below) on one of the many river islands. You can also see petraglyphs left from this tribe on certain rocky outcroppings. I can't wait until next time but I know this trip will be hard to top.
Photos by El Pescador