Drift boat fly fishing down the Androscoggin River is a well known specialty of Sun Valley Sports.  River and fishing conditions right now are in excellent form. The river has been restocked from Gilead to Bear River.  Luke Gray who would be any fishing party’s expert guide says that the recent rain has helped cool the water plus given the fish plenty to eat.  This year a new personality, Katie Casey, will also be on hand at Sun Valley to guide kayaking parties, introduce and teach kayaking to novices. Ms. Casey also brings years with L.L. Bean with her to Sun Valley Sports.  She is also more than qualified to guide salt water kayak boaters.  

Luke says that a full day’s fishing trip normally starts by Lary Brook or Gilead and ends at West Bethel.   Half day trips cover the same section of the river but shorter distances.   This form of sporting vacation appeals to the kind of person who began coming to Sunday River over 150 years ago.  Along with fishing, many come to Sun Valley Sports to rent canoes and kayaks for day trips.  Additional part time employees this summer will be Susan Isham, Eric Melanson and Jeff Gerhardts.

If you have been to the South Ridge complex at Sunday River recently, you may have noticed an ATV rental center there; it is operated by Sun Valley Sports.  From this facility ATV riders have access to all the ATV trails on Sunday River property. 

If you are in a shopping mood, the retail store at Sun Valley stocks Orvis sportswear and equipment pointed at fishermen and boaters.  Among the fishing stuff one sees over a hundred different fishing flies in every shape and color. A white board easel at the store entrance lists water temperature and what flies are “hot” at the moment.  Saturday’s line up called for Wooly Buggers, Stone flies,  Olive Emergers,  Tan/Brown Caddis,  Grey Ghost and a suggestion to try a  Klinkhammer.

Lisa Freda and her two mainstay pals—Brook Trout (L) and Budweiser.  Altogether they make up the CEO’s office at Sun Valley Sports.  

Sun Valley Sports Ready for 2010 Season 

June 17, 2010 Bethel News, Citizen


Sun Valley Sports sells the fishing boats that are ideal  drift boat fishing on the Androscoggin.  This one is an Orvis model.


PO Box 763

Bethel, Maine 04217