Maine Guide, Owner/ Operator Russ Aldridge, having outfitted, hunted,
and fished the New England States for over 30 years, is now settled
into central Maine here at South Branch Lake Camps. We guide for
smallmouth bass on South Branch Lake and the world famous
Penobscot River as well as the Piscatiquis River. For hunting,
in whitetail deer, bear, and moose. Over the
years we have harvested some truly beautiful animals.
Clifton Ames is a Mid Coast Maine native who comes from a long
line of sportsmen and has spent his life gaining hunting,
fishing, and recreational experiences throughout the state.
During the 2005 fishing season Clifton subcontracted his
services to South Branch Lake Camps as "first" fishing guide,
offering trips on South Branch Lake, the Piscataquis River, and
several area "stretches" of the Penobscot River.
Well three seasons and 4664 fish later, we are still happy to
say that Clifton is a valuable member of the South Branch Lake
Camps team. If you're a spincast or fly fisherman, Clif is happy
to show you what you need to do to catch the "Big Ones." His
"laid back" style and "it's your day" attitude make for a very
fun and pleasurable experience.
Clifton has been a Registered Maine Guide since the early 90's
and a Master Maine Guide since 2002. At 46 years of age, his
experiences have included all types of hunting and fishing and
past endorsements such as NRA Distinguished Expert Rifle
Marksman, Certified Archery Instructor, Bow Hunter and Hunter
Safety Instructor. Clifton has also recently received a U.S.
Coast Guard Master Mate Captain's License rated for vessels up
to 50 tons.
During Clifton's career as a guide, he has had the good fortune
to provide a wide variety of services. Some of these are as
follows: moose hunts, bear hunts over bait and with hounds, deer
hunts, turkey hunts, rabbit hunts with his beagles, coon hunts
with his blueticks, upland game birds, and ducks with his lab.
Whether your passion is hunting or fishing, Clifton is at home
in the forest, fields and inland and coastal waters of the State
of Maine, and he is happy to share his lifetime of knowledge and
experiences with you and your family
We offer you a unique opportunity and a great outdoor
experience. Fly fishing for our famous South Branch Lake small
mouths, perch, and pickerel with or without our guides.
Specializing in teaching new fly anglers, as well as enhancing
the skills of the more seasoned angler, you will enjoy our laid
back, friendly approach as you enjoy your developing skills as a
you've never fly-fished before or caught a smallmouth bass on a
fly rod, you are in for a real treat!
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