Rapid River

Rangeley, Maine

0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
0 Reviews
0 out of 5
Probably the best wild, big brook trout river in the United States. Requires at least a mile’s walk or hour’s boat trip to reach fishable water. This may be the shortest and best brook trout river in the world. While only 3.2 miles long, the Rapid River consistently produces brook trout of five pounds or so. Why? Nobody knows. Some suspect the reason may have something to do with the genetic pool from which these lunkers come. Another factor may be an abundance of smelt fed into the river from Richardson Lake. And eliminating ice fishing at the Big Hole, where the Rapid discharges into Lake Umbagog on Maine’s border with New Hampshire, may also have had an impact. If you want to wrestle square-tails of near-Labrador size on fly fishing tackle in the lower 48, here’s the place to do it. Species: Brook, some landlocked salmon
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

DESCRIPTION FROM:

America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Probably the best wild, big brook trout river in the United States. Requires at least a mile’s walk or hour’s boat trip to reach fishable water. This may be the shortest and best brook trout river in the world. While only 3.2 miles long, the Rapid River consistently produces brook trout of five pounds or so. Why? Nobody knows.

Some suspect the reason may have something to do with the genetic pool from which these lunkers come. Another factor may be an abundance of smelt fed into the river from Richardson Lake. And eliminating ice fishing at the Big Hole, where the Rapid discharges into Lake Umbagog on Maine’s border with New Hampshire, may also have had an impact. If you want to wrestle square-tails of near-Labrador size on fly fishing tackle in the lower 48, here’s the place to do it.

Species: Brook, some landlocked salmon

©  John Ross/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Rangeley
Access: Moderate to Difficult
Season & Limits: April through September
Local Maps: Maine DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Rapid River

Recent Trail Reviews

There are no reviews for this trail.

Trail Photos

Keep Me Informed

Weekly newsletters, announcements and offers from Trails.com to your inbox.

Sign me up!

We HATE spam and promise to keep your email addresses safe and secure.

Activity Feed

Apr 2018