Meet our Fly Fishing Instructors

Great Pond is one of Maine’s premier smallmouth bass fishing lakes, a perfect place for boys to learn to fish both with spinning gear and with fly rods. Many boys have caught big bass on flies they have tied themselves. Last year, under the leadership of Will Stack and Dawson Loewen, the program celebrated an impressive milestone: 13 consecutive catch days! Both Will and Dawson have signed on to return, so we expect more success in 2020. 

Will and Dawson, both Wilderness First Responders, also take campers out on overnight trips to apply the skills they’ve learned in some more remote locations. A typical summer includes two fishing trips: I.P.F.D., a 3-day trip on Indian Pond and the east outlet of the Kennebec River, which is a great spot for salmon, brook trout, lake trout, and bass; and Big Eddy, a 4-day trip on the Penobscot River. Pine Islanders have caught many brook trout and salmon on Big Eddy, including a 20+” salmon that had onlookers ogling.

Will Stack is a sophomore at Saint Lawrence University from Millbrook, New York. Will learned to fish on Great Pond as a camper. We’re fortunate to have him back for his 6th summer on Pine Island.
Dawson Loewen is a senior at the University of Montana, where he’s majoring in Elementary Education. He learned to fish in Missoula, Montana (arguably the mecca of fly fishing in the US) and we’re grateful that he will return to Pine Island to teach for his 3rd summer.