Dear Friend of Weatherby’s,
With our second year of COVID behind us, we are looking forward to the new year hoping for the best but seeing more of the same – more travel restrictions, more testing and social distancing, etc. It is our hope that you have navigated these COVID years unscathed, however know that it is unlikely. It has touched all of us in different ways and we all hope for the best for everyone in 2022. With this in mind, at the time of this printing, we will continue to follow our COVID protocols with enhanced cleaning, limit in-room contact and social distancing in our dining room. We will continue to offer dining in cabins or outside if requested. We highly recommend all of our guests be fully vaccinated prior to arrival as well. Together we can keep each other safe.
On a much lighter and more exciting note we are extremely proud to share that daughter of the lodge – Keaton – is now a fully licensed Registered Maine Guide and has one full season under her belt guiding in Grand Lake Stream and the surrounding lakes. She was recently named a “woman to watch” in the Maine Sportsman and while fishing in Iceland in 2021 she made the front page of the Reykjavik morning news with several of her monster brown trout! She has fished in AK, MT, SC, NC, Iceland and all across Maine. It is clear she has a bright angling future ahead of her.
In 2021 we hosted a group of men in various stages of cancer recovery/treatment again in September through Reel Recovery. The organization is dedicated to helping men with cancer through fly fishing. www.reelrecovery.org If you have any men in your life dealing with cancer that would like to fly fish check them out.
New Offering – Roach River, Spencer Bay Moosehead Lake – we are offering a remote wade fishing trip on the famous Roach River for fall spawning landlocked salmon and wild brook trout. These trips will be three nights camping on Moosehead lake just minutes from the river with two and a half days of guided fishing.
In addition, we will again be offering our four night West Branch of the Penobscot wilderness canoe camping and fishing adventure in late September. We have been battling low water conditions for the last two years, but modifying our expectations and still able to get at the fish. Hoping for a big snow year to fill the watershed for the season.
We are keeping our fingers crossed for stories in both Fly Fish Journal about Keaton and Maine Magazine about our English cockers spaniels coming up this year. Keep your eyes open, but of course we will share when we know.
Finally, we want congratulate and welcome Hamilton Gray to our team of professional guides working at Weatherby’s Hamilton worked for us all last season and fished pretty much every waking hour that he was not working. He is a 2x Maine high school state champion and a passionate fly angler and tier. You will want to fish with this guy.
Here’s hoping for a healthy and prosperous 2022!
The Weatherby’s Crew
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