Go fish: Reel in early season savings during prime fishing season at the AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges


Canoe, fish, or simply dangle your toes in Lyford Pond, one of many remote ponds and streams in the AMC's Wildernes Conservation Lands in Maine. Rob Burbank, Courtesy of AMCSpend a few days in the famed 100-Mile Wilderness, near Greenville, Maine, without sacrificing creature comforts. This season,  the Appalachian Mountain Club is offering a number of new and notable programs at its Maine Wilderness Lodges. These remote cabins with a central lodge are located on 66,500 acres of recreation and conservation land rife with opportunities for fishing, hiking, paddling, and wildlife-watching. Meals are provided, so all you have to do is relax and have fun.

Cast a line in Long Pond, while staying at the AMC's Gorman Chairback lodge in Maine. Herb Swanson, Courtesy of AMCDeal alert: Cast a line for wild Maine brook trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon in the wilderness streams and ponds, and reel in early season savings. Sundays through Thursdays, from May 20-June 22, 2012, guests at the Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins or Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins can save 20 percent of regular rates on a three-night, all-inclusive stay. The package includes lodging in private cabin, three meals daily, and fly fishing at any of more than two dozen trout ponds as well as the West Branch of the Pleasant River. Also included is a locally-tied fly sampler designed to match the hatch. Canoes for guests are available free on various ponds within the AMC’s land holdings. Mention FISH12 when making reservations.

Spend a few days immersed in the wilderness, but without sacrtificing comfort or hot meals, with a stay at AMC's Maine Wilderness lodges. Gorman Chairback cabins. Credit: Herb Swanson, Courtesy of AMCNew this season: Four new deluxe cabins at Gorman Chairback, each with private bath, separate bedrooms with queen and bunk beds, and a sitting area. One is a barrier-free ADA-accessible cabin, with electric lighting and propane heat.

Fly-fishing programs: Each of these fly-fishing instructional programs is led by a Registered Maine Guide.

• Beginner Fly Fishing Workshop at Little Lyford, June 1-3

• Advanced Fly Fishing Workshop at Little Lyford, June 8-10

• Guided Remote Pond Fly Fishing Excursion at Gorman Chairback, June 15-17

• Beginner Fly Fishing Workshop at Little Lyford, September 14-16

Note: Mediwisla, the third of the AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges, is closed this season for renovations.