Fly Fishing

Penobscot River: Thoreau’s Fly Fishing Tour

Explore the allure of the North Maine Woods along the river that Henry David Thoreau traveled following ancient Wabanaki people’s canoe routes. We will begin our journey at the West Branch of the Penobscot River to the Penobscot Bay. We will fly fish and hike to scenic overlooks.

June 15 – June 17 (Friday afternoon – Sunday afternoon)
$500 Last day to register is June 1, 2018.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate (be prepared to spend 1 night in a tent)

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Day I

After checking in to your comfortable campus accommodations, gather with your fellow travelers for a top notch wine and hors d’oeuvres social. Take part in an introduction to Fly Fishing and what can be expected on Day II. Then listen and participate in readings of Henry David Thoreau’s experiences in Maine.

Day II

Get up at the crack of dawn for your journey north. After a scenic drive into the wilderness, your group will find be led by a Maine Guide to the perfect quiet location along the Penobscot River to cast your lines. Take pictures of your prized catch, before releasing it back into the water.

Camping overnight surrounded by hiking trails, gives the group an opportunity to explore where ancient Wabanaki people lived or settle in for an evening of sharing stories with your other adventurers over dinner.


After an evening in the woods, wake up to breakfast followed by a hike to Blueberry Ledges. Bring your binoculars, because there you will find opportunity to birdwatch or wade in the shallows.

Finally, it is time to pack up and head back to campus, finding yourself more peaceful after your experience in woods and waterways of Thoreau and the Wabanaki tribe.

Be Advised: 

  • Tour groups have been kept small, so register early.
  • The Unity College dining staff is masterful when it comes to accommodating dietary restrictions, but we need to know what those are in advance of your visit.
  • Adjustments to Tour itineraries may be made due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • Participants must be in good health and be able to participate in various activities not limited to hiking, paddling, and wilderness navigation.
  • Once you register, an email will be sent with more details about times, directions, and what to pack.
  • With the exception of the Katahdin Tour and Penobscot Tour, which has one night of camping, all other tours will spend the night on campus in comfortable residence halls.
  • Cancellations can be made up to one month prior to the tour, but there is a non-refundable $200 fee. If Unity College cancels for any reason, a refund will be made in full.
  • Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Transportation can be provided for an additional $50 to and from the Bangor Airport, $75 for the Portland Airport, and $25 for the Augusta Airport.
  • Unity College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, national origin, age, or disability. However, please be aware that due to the nature of some activities we cannot adequately accommodate those who are not physically capable of participating.

For groups of 10+, please contact 207-509-7121.