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Outfitter Review - Fish River Lodge

Submit Date: Sep 25, 1999

Outfitter Information

Outfitter Name: Fish River Lodge

Outfitter / Contact: Jim & Kathy Lynch

Location: ME, U.S.A.

Hunt Information

Animals Hunted: Black Bear, Moose

Game Quality: Good

Game Quantity: Good

Accomodations: Good

Camp Condition: Good

Food Quality: Excellent

Guide Experience: Excellent

Other Personal Experience: N/A

Review Information

Hunter: Russell E. Taylor

Phone: Unlisted


Would Recommend: Absolutely

Overall Impression: Very Good

I hunted with Fish River Lodge, located at Eagle Lake, Maine, from 18-25 Sep 99. I took my bear on Wednesday, 22 Sep 99. Jim Lynch is a thoroughly knowledgeable guide who knows his business... as does his wife, Kathy. Both know how to set up a bait site and work it, to include the use of trail timers. Prior to my arrival at the lodge, Kathy sent me a number of E-mails which included the dates and times of "hits" on the baits they were setting out. She also saw to it that I was picked up at the Presque Isle airport upon my arrival and returned to the airport at the conclusion of my hunt. Jim introduced me to a local taxidermist, for which I was glad; my local taxidermist has taken nearly a year for a "six-month" deerskin from last November. Jim has no financial arrangement with Eldon, the taxidermist he introduced me to, but the latter just does darn good work, plain and simple. It was my decision whether to use him or not, and I decided I would. Eldon and I discussed the work to be done and he gave me a fair price. As for the lodge operation, all meals were exceptional, the cabin I was given was clean and bug-free, and both Jim and Kathy treated me professionally, with respect, courtesy, and friendship. They are NOT the type of operators to take one's money and then "forget" the customer. I was taken to productive bait sites at times recommended by Jim, and picked up at the agreed-upon time. Jim was ALWAYS on time picking me up, regardless of cold or rain (I was hunting along a lake and was taken to and from my bait sites via a small motorboat). Although I was not hunting for moose, I would be remiss in not stating that there are a LOT of moose in this area. "Moose" is pretty much the "bread and butter" of Fish River Lodge -- at least when it's moose-hunting season. I'm seriously considering a future moose hunt with Fish River Lodge, and I would certainly recommend them for anyone considering such game. However, as for black bear, the folks at Fish River Lodge know where to put hunters. If you'll listen to what they tell you, and DO what they tell you, I have no doubt you will be successful.

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