John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Despite major life changes, anglers renew friendships at a familiar river

on June 23, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly shop snaps a photo as Brandon Prescott poses with the brook trout he caught on the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 18, 2017.

Drifting down the river, fly fishing in style

By John Holyoke on June 22, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“Everybody wants to be on moving water. There’s not any call for [guiding] pond fishing.”

Monumental thoughts from the deep Maine woods

on June 16, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
In advance of Saturday's moose permit lottery in Caribou, Aroostook County residents have been participating in a moose scavenger hunt, which involves 10 wooden moose that have been painted by local artists.

Saturday’s moose permit lottery results to be released at 6 p.m.

By John Holyoke on June 15, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
On Saturday, June 17, the lottery heads north to Caribou, one of the state’s moosiest spots, and organizers are ready to welcome prospective moose hunters to town.

Five more crazy animal tales: Remember the beaver that stole the hunting rifle?

on June 15, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.

Pretty as a picture: Zinke gets a monumental view

on June 14, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.

Looking for fun? Enter the Hancock County Open Water Derby this weekend

on June 13, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.

Some things you ought to know about Maine’s new national monument

on June 09, 2017, at 10:12 a.m.
Paul Doiron at his Belfast office

Ready for a Maine-based summer read? Doiron delivers again

By John Holyoke on June 08, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.
“Knife Creek” is likely Doiron’s darkest Bowditch thriller yet. The writer said his trip into some old-fashioned, gruesome thriller fare was intentional, though it doesn’t quite follow the blueprint longtime readers have come to expect from him.
Lucas St. Clair steers a square stern canoe on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, Sept. 11, 2013.

What’s next for the North Woods national monument

By John Holyoke on June 02, 2017, at 1 a.m.
In the nine months since the official designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Lucas St. Clair said the emotional climate in that part of the state has changed quite a bit.

A simple, healing trip through the Maine woods

on June 01, 2017, at 11:01 a.m.

We have a (new) winner! Winterport man drawn for drift boat trip

on May 30, 2017, at 10:38 a.m.

Annika Rod & Fly changes locations, remains in Brewer

on May 26, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
The rescued loon sits in a tote.

Injured, entangled loon rescued by Camp Capella staffers

By John Holyoke on May 25, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
“It’s not in our job description [to save loons], but it felt good.”

Don’t give bears a reason to stop by your house

on May 19, 2017, at 9:51 a.m.
The Forest City dam on East Grand Lake. The dam's owner Woodland Pulp LLC. filed papers to surrender it's license to operate the dam and decommission the project. The decommissioning of the project could possibly result in the permanent drop in water level of East Grand Lake.

The fate of this tiny border town may rely on the future of its dam

By John Holyoke on May 19, 2017, at 7:08 a.m.
Upstream from the dam lies East Grand Lake, a massive, 16,000-acre impoundment that ranks among the state’s most popular fishing destinations. Around the lake are more than 2,000 camps and cottages.

Ellsworth woman wins BDN drift boat trip

on May 12, 2017, at 9:31 a.m.

A reader wants to know: What made this nest?

on May 11, 2017, at 2:38 p.m.
Rob Dunnett feeds out line while fishing on Toddy Pond in Orland recently. Come spring and fall, Dunnett likes to focus his fishing efforts on trolling with streamer flies.

Trolling streamer flies still a tradition for some Maine anglers

By John Holyoke on May 11, 2017, at 10:56 a.m.
Tie a hand-crafted streamer fly on the end of your line and go trolling.
Ernie MacDonald, a member of the Penobscot Fly Fishers, dumps fish into the Stillwater River in Orono Tuesday.  Members of the UMaine Fishing Club also participated in the stocking of brook trout, that was brought from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife hatchery in Enfield.

Putting fish where the people are: Trout stocked at UMaine and in Kenduskeag Stream

By John Holyoke on May 04, 2017, at 11:39 a.m.
“It’s awesome that [the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife] is willing to [stock fish] this close to campus.”