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​Just mention the words "West Branch" to a Maine fly fisherman and he knows you are talking about the West Branch of the Penobscot. One of Maine's premier land locked salmon fisheries, the West Branch of the Penobscot is also one of Maine's most beautiful and rugged rivers. Mt Katahdin, Maine's largest mountain, stands like a sentinel overlooking the river. Driving along the Golden Road and catching your first glimpse of Katahdin will quicken your heart beat, you are now in God's country.

Anglers in search of landlocked salmon and brook trout in a remote setting would be hard pressed to beat Maine’s West Branch of the Penobscot River. This mighty river drains mostly from undeveloped, forested areas to the northwest, north and northeast of Moosehead Lake. The West Branch of the Penobscot is one of the Northeast’s finest land locked salmon fisheries. As with any river, some stretches provide better angling than others.

The West Branch is a big, brawling river in a hurry to get downstream. The river is peppered with class IV and class V rapids, the cribworks below the Telos Bridge are something to behold. All this fast water and rapids bring rafters. Whitewater rafting is big business on the West Branch, where rafters and fishermen peacefully co-exist. The spectacle of a full raft crashing down the river can provide an entertaining break in an afternoon's fishing.

The West Branch of the Penobscot River