newsletter

facebook

woolx

guide1Maine Guiding Service

Guides are all 'Orvis Endorsed' and Registered Maine Guides. Maine guides are the most tested and talented in the country. Libby's are the best of the best. These guides for the most part spend most of their guiding time with us, but are considered independent contractors by the state. They are picked for their expertise, but more importantly for their attitudes and attention to service. They like to have a good time in the woods and on the waters.

guide2Why hire a guide? Libby's does not make extra for a guide. His fee insures you the finest in fishing and hunting in the North Maine Woods. This remote area is lacking signs and has over 10,000 miles of logging roads to get lost on. There are no gas stations, no telephones, no cell phone coverage (with few exceptions). For example: remote ponds are often found by less than obvious trails and success on fishing is usually ever changing. A guide is an insurance policy that you won't be wasting your valuable vacation time.

Guide fees are all inclusive and include the guides 4x4, boat and motor and equipment.

guide3Fishing rate: $285/day (1-2 people) 2 day minimum; $335/day for 3 people.
Average tips run from $90-125/day.
Deer hunting: $1710/week for 1-2 men. Average tips $450-$600/week for group.
Bird Hunting: $375/day for 1-2 men includes guides truck. Average tip $100/day
$470/day for 1-2 men includes guides truck and dogs. Average tip $100-125/day
Nature guiding: $285/day 1-2 people (May-Sept) $375/day in October.

 

seaplane1Cessna seaplane pickup is available anywhere in New England. We will help arrange flights for you and groups of any size.

Libby's Cessna 185 and Cessna 172 and pilots Matt P Libby and Matt J Libby are FAA Certified, part 135, air taxi. The 2 pilots have literally 10's of thousands of takeoffs from northern Maine ponds. We operate out of our home camps on Millinocket Lake, Township 8, Range 9, Maine.

We offer package trips which include seaplane flights, lodging, canoes and even guide if desired. (e.g. Lodging, meals, seaplane flight to remote lake, as little as $295.00/day.) Rates below are for 2 or more people. Inquire for single rates they are sometimes less than the minimum flight charge.

CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO AN AERONAUTICAL CHART OF OUR AREA

seaplane2Click here to view our seaplane photo gallery.

grouse1Libby Camps is located in prime grouse and woodcock habitat. The type of hunter who comes to this area is here for its remoteness, cover, and lack of other hunters. There are literally thousands of miles of private logging roads, which can range from accessible by all vehicles to grown over roads accessible by 4x4 or simply roads which are impassable by any vehicle. These roads are open to hunting and make exceptional edge cover for grouse. Hunting can be done using a dog or simply walking or driving using your eyes and ears.

Woodcock hunting is best in old clear cuts and along river basins and alder thickets. We are 25 miles from the nearest farm cover, but can access those cover if the need arises. Usually we can take our limits within 5 to 10 miles from camp. Woodcock are very hard to hunt without the use of a dog. These secretive birds will sit tight under an alder or hawthorn bush and let the dog point from as little as 3 feet. The hunter almost always cannot grouse2see the bird until it takes flight, with its distinctive whistle and flight pattern. New hunters have difficulty hitting these small birds because of their erratic flight pattern and the appearance of being out of range. There is no better bird to train a dog on. Limits are 3/day/hunter with six allowed in possession.

Grouse are very numerous in our area. The cover ranges from beech ridges to poplar mixed growth to open clear cuts. Like the woodcock these birds are also known for how long they hold out before flushing. There are many stories of dogs pointing the birds so close that they actually catch them in the air when they take off. Limits on grouse are 4/day/hunter with 8 allowed in possession. Guides with dogs are limited, so should be booked well in advance. We welcome hunters to bring their own dogs. Crates should be brought unless otherwise arranged.

Grouse and Woodcock Hunting Packages

grouse3Package #1:(meals, cabin, maid service).
$375/day/hunter, double occupancy
$525/day/hunter, singleoccupancy
Package #2:(meals, cabin, maid service, guide and dogs).
$650/day/hunter, double occupancy
$1080/day/hunter, single occupancy
Package #3: Our premier package, includes all meals, private cabin, guide, dog, unlimited clays, and one seaplane fly out for the 3 day hunt.
3 hunting days/4 nights lodging $4605 single - $2670 double occupancy (shared guide).
grouse4Guide service without dogs: $405 per day (1-2 men)

October grouse hunting requires a 50% deposit. 

Cash or Check Preferred

Visa, Mastercard, or Discover accepted.

For hunting season information and hunting license fees,
visit:
State of Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Web Site

 

 grouse5  grouse6
 grouse7  

deer1Libby Camps has some of the finest trophy deer hunts available in the East. Each year our hunters bag some of the largest deer in the state as can be seen by checking the annual records from the Fish and Wildlife Department. Our average buck is heavy antlered and weighs in at over 180 pounds dressed. Northern Maine's severe winters cull out the weaker, smaller deer giving us a genetically superior white-tailed deer.

There are two keys to our success: our area and our guides. Our camps are located in the heart of one of the largest wintering deeryards in the state. As the fall progresses deer will infiltrate our area getting ready for the winter to come. By the peak of the winter it is not unusual to see hundreds of deer in and around our camps. The coyotes and the cold play havoc with these animals, but come spring the strong survive and breed more of the same for another year. Our guides are regarded as the finest in the state. Many of these men have hunted these timberlands all of their adult lives. We have hunters returning year after year always asking for the same guide because of his knowledge and hard work ethic.

deer2

DEER HUNTING PACKAGES
Our rifle hunts all go from Sunday to Sunday throughout November with guided hunts.

* PACKAGE #1 -- Unguided Hunts:Includes meals, cabin, maid service.
$1150/week/person + tax, double occupancy.
$1605/week/person + tax, single.
Portable tree stand rentals $40/week/stand

deer3

MINIMUM DEPOSIT: $400.

* PACKAGE #2 -- Guided Hunts:
Includes full guide for six days, meals, cabin, maid service.
$2050/week/person + tax, double occupancy.
$3405/week/person + tax, single. Trophy Deer Hunting in Maine

MINIMUM DEPOSIT: $600.

deer4Each party will have their own cabin with bath, three home-cooked meals and maid service daily. Guided parties will have the option of using our tree stands and hunting more wilderness areas. We also will help unguided parties as much as we can on where to go.

Reservations should be made a year in advance, however cancellations always seem to occur so you may find space available any time.

deer5Cash or Check Preferred

Visa, MasterCard, Discover Accepted

For hunting season information and hunting license fees,
visit: State of Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Web Site.

 

 

Click here to view the deer hunting photo gallery

moose1The majestic moose in northern Maine offers tremendous opportunities for wildlife watchers and hunters alike. The numbers of moose in our area have skyrocketed since the 80's when the annual hunt began. Currently there is a group circulating petitions to increase the allowed take of moose since there have been so many fatalities from vehicles hitting moose. Fortunately in 1980 the moose hunt was started again to prevent the overpopulation of these magnificent animals (curbing the disease, meningitis and helping control over harvest of feeding areas).

Our Moose hunt can be done with a rifle, camera, bow or muzzleloader. We hunt in the traditional methods used by Matt's great grandfather. Calling using a bull or cow call from a birch bark horn, posting on stand along a waterway or hunting by canoe are popular methods. There is nothing as exciting as hearing a 1200 pound animal returning your call and come crashing towards you through the alders, often stopping just out of sight and occasionally charging the hunter to within a few feet.

moose2Libby's have been extremely successfull on these hunts taking many record animals every year. We had many 'club' moose, including two Boone and Crockett trophies and took the largest moose in the state in 1998 (dressed weight of 1127 pounds, live weight of nearly 1500 pounds.) . Matt and his guides work in this zone and fly over it daily throughout the summer. They know and prefer to hunt zones #5, #4 and #2, but can hunt other zones as well.

http://www.informe.org/ifw/moosepermit.html

There are also ten permits that are auctioned to the highest bidders, call us to talk this over if you are interested. We have multiple auction winners at our camp yearly.

Moose: Sunday to Sunday only ( by lottery)

  • Pkg#1: $1925/person/week d.o.; $2650/week single. Includes cabin, meals, and boat & motor.
    Deposit $1000/person
  • Pkg#2: $3050/person/week d.o.; $4900/week single. Includes all of the above plus guide service.
    Deposit $2000/person
  • Moose VIP; $4950/person/week d.o.; $8700/single.
    Deposit $2500/person.

moose3* Do it yourself package:
Includes a remote cabin completely equipped with gas stove and lights, wood stove, beds, cooking and eating utensils and a canoe or boat on a remote pond or river within the central zone:
From $700. to $1650 per week/group.

Cash or Check Preferred

Visa, Mastercard, Discover Accepted

If you need help in filling out your application feel free to call 207-435-8274 or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For hunting season information and hunting license fees or to apply
for a moose permit, visit State of Maine's Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Web Site

Click here to view our moose hunting photo gallery

Vacation at Libby's and find out how to enjoy yourself without outside influences. No phone, no cells, no traffic, no video games, no TV. Unbelievable sunsets, stars and clear water.

Swimming: fine sand beach, ledges, islands and pure water.

Hiking: wilderness hiking near camp or fly in to the park only 5 minutes away.

Canoeing: trips start right from camp: Millinocket, Munsungan, Mooseleuk and Machias Streams, Aroostook and Allagash Rivers.

Wildlife: Moose by the dozens, deer, bear, lynx, fisher, marten, eagles, osprey and of course loons.

Orchid Hunts: Come discover the dozens of native orchids in some of the neatest places. Ribbon bog, fens, cedar swamps, hardwood ridges, black spruce timber or big pine over 200 years old.

Learn how to fly cast: Don't know one end from another, we can teach you to cast and to catch fish. We supply everything, even the laughs.

Learn how to shoot: We provide the guns for kids or adults: Shoot skeet and sporting clays. Plink away with pistols. Safety is stressed. Instructor will be with you constantly.

Scenic flights or fire patrol: Fly in a seaplane locally or from New Brunswick border to Quebec border on our fire patrol. What a great feeling to fly like an eagle, seeing wildlife on every lakeshore.

Cook outs: Pack a lunch to cook on the island or on the river. Relax and enjoy the quiet.

Rates: Special rates quoted on party size and depends on timing. Peak for vacations is July and August. It will be a trip of a lifetime.

vacationpack1   vacationpack2
  vacationpack3  

Modified American Plan:

Includes private cabin at our main lodge with linens, Breakfast and Supper: $125 per person, two person minimum. Cabin with running water and all of the above $160 per person.

winterrates1

Housekeeping:

One cabin available at our main lodge. Includes wood stove for heat, propane stove and lights, pots, pans, utensils, etc. $200 per night, sleeps up to five people. (Private outhouse)

winterrates2

 

winterrates3

Lunch will be served daily at our main lodge from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from a full menu. A selection of beer and wine is also available.

Reservations and Information

  • A 8% tax will be added to lodging and meals
  • 50% Non Refundable deposit is required upon booking.
  • Payment: Cash and check are preferred, Visa mastercard and discover are accepted
  • Libby's is not accessible by vehicle in the winter. Call for updates on road conditions and how close you can drive to our lodge.

Libby’s is located in the heart of the North Maine Woods, home to some of the most remote and wildest snowmobiling in the United States. If you want to get away from busy trails, find lots of snow and no people, Libby’s is the perfect spot for you. Our region averages 120 inches of snow per year, so lack of snow is never a problem. We have it when most others don’t. The North Maine Woods is 3.5 million acres of private timberland, with 3500 miles of logging roads interspersed throughout. The logging roads are only plowed if the landowner is actively logging in that area, all other roads a fair game for the powder enthusiasts. Landowners only require that you stay off all plowed roads and when crossing plowed roads, do so in a safe and prudent manner. Libby’s groomed trails give you easy access from Patten and Ashland areas to the vast North Maine Woods.

winteractivities1

Services

Libby’s offers down home cooking that is the best you will find anywhere. Jess’s hearty soups, sandwiches and desserts will have you stopping in on the way back for more. American plan lodging is available on site as well as four housekeeping cabins within a short snowmobile ride. Libby’s has gas available as well as a small shop with oil and snowmobile parts for those emergencies that may occur while in the deep woods.

Lunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily off a full menu. Beer and wine will also be available.

winteractivities2Ice Fishing

The North Maine Woods is known for its superb ice fishing. Libby’s is located on Millinocket Lake where you can literally fish for Brook Trout and Landlocked salmon right outside your cabin door. Prime Lake Trout waters such as Millimagassett Lake are a short snowmobile ride away. The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is also just a short distance.

Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing

winteractivities3For years, friends and guests have come to visit us at Libby’s on cross country skis or snowshoes. The opportunities for these sports are endless in the wilderness surrounding Libby’s. Come visit us to explore the woods and maybe see some wildlife on the way.

Ice Harvest

Come joins us for our annual Ice Harvest. Every year we gather the troops together to cut 450-550 100 pound blocks of ice from the lake to store for our summer season. The ice is cut with a special chain saw, hauled to the ice house by snowmobile and packed under sawdust. The sawdust insulates the ice so it lasts through the hot summer months. Call for prices and availability.

 winteractivities4  winteractivities5

Local Attractions

In an area that would easily be considered “the middle of nowhere,” there is not much that is “local.” However, with a snowmobile, “local” becomes an enormous area. Scenic views abound on any trail you ride and many destinations are easily reached. These include, the trains at the Tramway on Eagle Lake in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the top of Norway Bluff (the prettiest views in northern Maine), Chesuncook Lake House, Shin Pond Village, and Mattagammon Lake the entrance to Baxter State Park.

winteractivities6

How do I get there?

Libby Pinnacle Sno Riders will be maintaining groomed trails that will connect you to the ITS trail system. From Oxbow, take 71D south to the Libby Pinnacle Loop on your right (about 20 miles). Follow this 6 miles to camp. From the Patten/Shin Pond Area, take ITS 85 south to 71D on your right. Follow this until it connects with the Libby Pinnacle loop. Feel free to call or e-mail for directions.

 winteractivities7  winteractivities8

Open for Business

For the 2014 snow season, we will be open January 17 for our ice harvest weekend until March 15th. We will be serving lunch and selling gas from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who are with us on American plan, breakfast and supper will be served as well.

 winteractivities9  winteractivities10

Libby Pinnacle Sno Riders

Libby Pinnacle Sno Riders is in charge of maintaining our groomed trail network. State aid is very limited and asking for your help to keep these trails maintained as well as adding new trails to our network. We are now accepting members to our snowmobile club. Just $35 gets you membership in our club, as well as Maine Snowmobile Association membership with all of its benefits including MSA insurance. Current MSA members can become members of our club for just $20. Please contact us to become a member or if you would like to make a donation to the club.

 winteractivities11 winteractivities12 

The Libby Camps staff puts together a newsletter about the previous year activities and things that are happening in and around camp. You do need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these newsletters. Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded free of charge at http://www.adobe.com.

2016 Newsletter
2015 Newsletter
2014 Newsletter
2013 Newsletter
2012 Newsletter
2010 Newsletter
2009 Newsletter
2008 Newsletter
2007 Newsletter
2006 Newsletter
2005 Newsletter
2004 Newsletter

Matt and Ellen Libby are the fourth generation of Libby's to be catering to anglers in the farthest corners of Maine, and if you ask them, they'll tell you experience counts

By Andrew Vietze

aboutus1

THIS is definitely a forgotten spot in Maine," says Matt Libby, sweeping his arm gently across the panorama of lake and hills that stretches from the porch of his cabin to the horizon. In the distance, the sun is dropping, falling behind two round peaks and sinking into the forest of pines that rings the lake. A dock just out from Libby's compound into the placid black depths, and from its end it seems just a skip to an island that sits like a crown of firs offshore. The insistent whine of an outboard floats in off the water.

aboutus2"People think 'Oh, Millinocket Lake, I've been there," Libby says. "But they're referring to the lake south of Baxter Park and don't realize there are two Millinocket Lakes." Now forty-five, Libby has spent his whole life beside this Millinocket Lake in this lost region, a wild country of woods and water between the highlands of Baxter State Park and the deep forests of Aroostook County. The nearest town is forty-five minutes away by unforgiving logging roads, and that town is Ashland, home to about 1,500 people and not much else. In the popular imagination, says Libby, a rangy man with a graying beard and an Old Town canoe T-shirt, the state's largest county begins where its largest park ends. In reality there are miles and miles in between.

What's to be found there? In a word: Fishing and Libby Camps, the grand sporting enterprise founded on Millinocket Lake by Matt Libby's grandfather, great-uncle, and great-grandfather in 1890. Eight simple cabins, handcrafted from peeled spruce and fir logs, lit by kerosene lamps and heated by woodstoves, are situated just back from the water on a slight rise, the big bay windows of each staring squarely at the lake. A mixed woods of birches and pines has grown up all around them, and the cabins are well spaced for privacy. A network of trails connects to the lodge around which life at Libby's orbits.

aboutus3The lodge is a long narrow, single-story building on posts, and like many of the structures at Libby's, it seems to have grown with the years. At the back is a broad porch with Adirondack chairs set before a majestic view of the water. A massive anchor, once used to hold the end of a logging boom in the days when timber was dragged across the lake, hangs from a rough-hewn cradle just off the porch.

Inside the dining room, all glossy logs and pine floors, moose-rack chandeliers and stuffed and mounted wildlife. Trophy fish stare down from the walls with mouths agape, and there's a library filled with books on angling (Fly Fishing for Trout; Modern Fly Casting Method; Advanced Fly Casting; Knots and Connections). Over the last 110 years, fishing has become synonymous with Libby's, and famed angling outfitter Orvis endorses the camp. Matt fishes-that's how he likes to spend his rare down time. His son, Matthew Jr., and daughter, Alison, fish. His wife Ellen, fishes (though she prefers duck hunting.) Even resident chocolate lab Chris, one of the four dogs on staff at Libby's is serious about fishing, sitting in the shallows of the lake for hours with her nose just above the water's surface, watching for minnows with surgical focus. The Libby's employ four full-time guides and have ten more on call to lead sports after the brookies, lake trout and landlocked salmon that swim in the hundreds of lakes and ponds and streams in the area. And Matt's two floatplanes make the whole North Woods available to guest anglers.

aboutus4Unlike most other sporting camps in Maine, which have made attempts to appeal to families and nature lovers to help offset the decline that the fishing and hunting industries have seen in recent years, Matt Libby has no interest in changing his focus. The unofficial motto at Libby Camps is "Catch and Relax," and that's the way things will remain.

My camps are a little different than others," Libby says. "We're centered on serious fishing. We don't want to be a resort. I grew up in a fishing camp. I'm the fourth generation here. That said, we have become a place where a family can fish, where we can take kids, and they can catch fish just about every cast."

aboutus5Matt and Ellen and Alison, and their staff - several of whom have been at the camps for a decade or more - take great pains to make sure everyone is comfortable, anglers or no. Each cabin has a porch with its own Adirondack chairs, perfect for whiling time away. There's also a sandy beach for swimming, canoes and kayaks for paddling, miles of logging roads and trails to roam in search of moose and bear, and three ample meals a day to look forward to. The Libby's keep a truck parked near Grand Lake Matagamon, too, so Matt Libby can fly in and drop guests off to explore the wild wonderland of Baxter State Park.

Sit down at dinner, though and it's clear why most guests are here. Meals are served family style, and the talk is all fishing. People travel far and wide to wet lines in the waters of this forgotten part of Maine, and they tend to come back once they visit. Tales are told over Ellen's comfort food - chicken, spaghetti, steak and often last long after her delicious deserts are downed. There are conversations about bears and moose and renegade loons that try to take hooked fish right off the line.

"We both love to fish, and we've fished all over" says Clint Mauk, a retired banker from Toledo visiting with his wife Pat. "We decided we wanted to do some fishing Maine, and I did some research. We didn't realize we'd probably picked the best camp in Maine. Today between the two of us, I bet we caught 100 fish. Of course, yesterday we caught two. But our guide was just tireless; and we saw at least ten moose and three bears."

At the other end of the table is Tom Baynes, a federal judge from Florida. A genteel angler in his early sixties, he's been coming to Libby's for the past ten years straight. At an adjacent table is a software saleswoman from Hudson Massachusetts. Her husband is here to fish. "He'd love to do this for a living," she says. "I wouldn't. I'm here to sit in the sun, drink wine, and walk the dogs. It's been great."

aboutus6At another table is a father and son pair from Connecticut and New Hampshire, respectively. They ended up at Libby's by accident. They'd intended to spend this fishing vacation at a lodge in Quebec, but as son Brian, an anesthesiologist, says, "Daimler-Chrysler had rented the whole lodge - for the next twenty-five years. So we came here. We didn't realize how luck we were."

Matt Libby didn't realize how lucky he was until he went off to study natural resource management at the University of Maine. "When I left home, the last thing I wanted to do was come back here," he says. "But when I left college there was no question what I wanted to do. It's funny how I kept coming back to it".

The camps were originally located on the island just offshore from Libby's in the middle of the lake, and they hosted such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Jack Dempsey in their early years. In the thirties the lake was dammed, the water level rose precariously close to the cabins, and some were relocated to the mainland and are still used today. The remnants of the others can be seen on the island.

Libby and his three brothers had the run of the place growing up, the thinking being that they couldn't get into much trouble in such a remote locale. " It was so hard to get to town then, it was unbelievable," says Matt. "It took 2½ hours. There were no roads. If you really had an emergency, you'd have to canoe to Oxbow (a small outpost village) - you could do it in about a day."

Luckily Matt Libby's father had a floatplane, which made life manageable. When he passed away in 1959, Matt's mother, Elsie, took over the camps, running them for another eighteen years, overcoming whatever challenges the fates threw at her.

At Umaine, Matt met a young woman from Houlton, and swept her into a lifestyle she never pictured for herself. "Growing up I imagined I'd live in a home just like my parents did," says Ellen now. " I guess I figured it would be more of a Leave it to Beaver, Donna Reed scenario." When they met Matt talked a lot about "camp," and when they received their diplomas, the couple knew where they were going. They bought out Mrs. Libby. Of Matt's three brothers (one is now a surveyor and two are Amway distributors), two are involved with the camps, part owners of the outpost cabin end of the business. Their mother, now in her eighties, lives near Portage Lake and still helps maintain one of the remote camps.

"I graduated from college on May 20, 1977, and we opened camp on May 21," says Matt. Both he and his wife worked other jobs in the off-season in the first year to stay afloat. "I cut pulp; I was a millwright . . ." says Matt, his voice trailing off. "Ellen taught school. And we did everything possible wrong at the camp. I lost just about all of my mother's old customers. They'd say, 'You don't do things like Elsie used to.' And, of course, I wasn't interested in doing things the own way. I had my own ideas."

In their second year, Matt was offered a more serious position at the mill and had to make a decision whether to get out of the family business or dedicate himself to it fully. He and Ellen decided to give it a go. "That was the best decision we ever made. I did a lot of learning. I still learn every day."

Today the couple presides over what might rightly be called a North Woods Empire. They own eight cabins at Libby's proper and have ten more at remote ponds spread from Cliff Lake at the Allagash headwaters to the Aroostook River. They own another set of camps in Labrador. They employ eleven people full time.

We're always busy," says Matt, a Master Maine Guide who gets into the woods with guests when he can. "When we started the camps in 1977, deer-hunting season paid the bills. Now the bills are paid long before November."

"In the nineties we've grown tremendously," agrees Ellen. "The airplane has helped with that. There's such a big area that we can fish now. In the plane you can go anywhere in fifteen minutes."

aboutus7The marketing possibilities of the Internet have also made a huge difference. I'd bet we get 50 percent of our new guests that way," says Ellen. The camps still face some concerns though. Libby Camps sits on land leased from Irving Oil Corporation, which is headquartered in New Brunswick. Before Irving it was the property of the giant Bowater paper company. Before that it was Great Northern. In recent years leaseholders have felt the pinch from the new landowners (Downeast, September 1999), with fees going up and regulations changing, so there's a sense of uncertainty. "Who knows what the ownership will do when their woods runs out?" Matt says rhetorically.

For the time being though, life is good beside Millinocket Lake. September is an especially popular month because the temperatures are pleasant, the bugs are few and the fishing is good - Libby says the fishing is relatively healthy in this part of Maine. And the future looks fairly bright. Alison Libby, who's studying business at the University of Maine, has expressed interest in taking over the camps. "She says she's going to buy me out," says Libby with a smile, Matt Jr., has indicated he might like to be involved, too.

As the day draws to a close, Matt sits for a rare moment of quiet on a cabin porch. A passing guest yells up, "Just another day in paradise." Matt quips back, "Somebody has to live in paradise."

While Millinocket Lake and its surrounds might not be everybody's idea of paradise, Matt and Ellen are content and their lifestyle is the envy of many. "I could see a lot of people doing this for about a month," says Matt. "But I enjoy people. I'm always thinking about somebody I want to talk to out in the dining room. It's neat to see people come here all stressed out and then see them leave happy."

In a couple of months after the hunter of deer season have departed, the Libby's themselves head off for a bit of a respite. They spend winters at a place they recently purchased near the ski slopes of Sugarloaf USA. Right now, in the swing of summer, Matt Libby is looking forward to some downtime. Some downhill time.

"But after three or four weeks away from here," he says, "I'm ready to come back."

Copied by permission from September, 2000, DOWN EAST Magazine.

Copyright 2000. All rights reserved.

Libby’s Sporting Camps is located in the vast North Maine Woods region of Maine.  We specialize in fly fishing for native Brook Trout and Landlocked Salmon in small ponds and rivers, wingshooting for wild Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock, as well as trophy big game hunting for Black Bear, Moose, and Whitetail Deer. 

            Libby’s is an award winning Orvis endorsed lodge in both Fly Fishing and Wingshooting, the only lodge in the eahomepage1st for both.  This endorsement is kept by providing world-class fishing and hunting with exceptional service.  This commitment to service and conservation has been recognized with Libby’s receiving the 2006-2007 Orvis Endorsed Lodge of the year, 2010 Maine Tourism Hall of Fame award, as well as being featured as one of the greatest fishing and hunting lodges in North America in numerous books and magazines. 

            Libby’s is unique in the Eastern U.S. in that it has two Cessna seaplanes on site to access remote regions as well as their 10 outpost cabins.  This allows the sportsman to fish for trophy native brook trout or hunt a much broader region than at a typical lodge. homepage2

          The 3 ½ million acre, privately owned North Maine Woods is home to one of the largest Ruffed Grouse populations in the U.S.  Libby’s knowledgeable guides with their well trained Bird Dogs can put you on numerous birds on old tote roads, grown-in clear cuts, and Alder swamps.  Woodcock migration stays steady throughout the hunting season and gives the hunter some fast opportunities at these wily birds. homepage3

            The North Maine Woods is an active forest with continuing harvest.  This continuing harvest provides ample food for big game.  Northern Maine has seen increased populations in Black Bear and Moose over the last two decades, and Libby’s has harvested some of the largest trophies of both.  The Whitetail deer population is not overabundant as it is in some area of the eastern United States, but this low population gives our Bucks a chance to grow to trophy size.  Whitetails pushing 300 pounds live weight with 150 class racks are within our area.

Meet the Guides

  • Toby Montgommery
  • Terry Hunter
  • Scott Story
  • Rick Young
  • Pat Kelliher
  • Mike Langley
  • Matt Libby Sr
  • Jeff Labree
  • George Gray
  • Chuck Dionne
  • Bob Johnson
  • Ben Rioux

toby montgommery

Experience: 21 Years

Toby has been guiding for Libbys for the past ten years. He is a passionate hunting guide who is very knowledgeable in animal habits and tracking, as well as one of the best Moose callers in the state. He also enjoys fly fishing guiding throughout the summer.

Read More

terry hunterExperience: 36 Years

Terry is a retired Maine Game Warden who has spent his entire life roaming the woods of Maine. Terry brings a ton of experience and woods knowledge to the table. He loves guiding fly fishermen, trollers, or finding those trophy whitetails.

Read More

scott storyExperience: 8 Years

*Scott has hunted and fished in the Maine Outdoors for over 35 years and 8 years ago began sharing his outdoor experience with his clients with upland hunting over dogs a specialty. Scott is a professional dog trainer of upland dogs and guides with his Field Bred Labs and English Springers. Scott also guides fly fishermen and teaches both casting and fly tying. He and his wife Diana enjoy their time at Libby's both for work and play!!  Scott will also be joining the team of pilots at Libby's!

Read More

rick youngExperience: 32 Years

Rick has spent the last 31 years hunting and fishing in the North Maine Woods and for the last 16 years has been sharing his love of the woods with his clients. Rick most enjoys figuring out those trophy Brookies in ponds, dredging spring holes with nymphs or hitting that perfect dry fly hatch. Rick runs two English Setters, Miracle and Abby, in the fall for Grouse and Woodcock.

Read More

Experience: 21 Years

Pat has been taking bird hunters for Libbys for the past 11 years. Pat works English field bred Cocker Spaniels flushing Grouse and Woodcock. These lightning bolts of speed are fun to watch in the woods. Pat is active in protecting Atlantic Salmon in Maine while he is not guiding.

Read More

mike langleyExperience: 31 Years

Mike has been with Libbys for the last 31 years. He is a great fly fishing instructor and great with kids. Mike also loves guiding for moose and deer in the fall. His stories of adventures past rival the best.

Read More

matt libby srExperience: 40 years

Born and brought up at Libbys as 4th generation owner / operator. Matt has been Flying Cessna Float planes for 35 years, and flying out fishermen and hunters on a nearly daily basis. Matt Guides bird hunters with Brittany's, specializing in fly out hunts. He is the reciepient of Orvis's 2017 Lifetime Achievement award, and has more than 40 years of experience working in the outdoors from Maine to Alaska. 

Read More

jeff labreeExperience: 22 Years

Jeff is a Registered Maine fishing and recreation guide. He has been exploring the North Maine woods since the early seventies. When he's not guiding at Libby Camps Jeff can be found at his cabin on Caucomgomac lake,(probably creating and tying new fly patterns for his clients to use.) Growing up on the banks of the Penobscot river, Jeff started fly-fishing at the age of ten honing his skills on Atlantic salmon. He learned his rod building techniques to replace the ones breaking because of a steep learning curve at this time. Drawing on his experience in the catering business Jeff enjoys cooking for his fishermen when the opportunity arises.

Read More

george crayExperience: 21 Years

George has been guiding deer hunters from Libbys for the past 10 years. George can make you laugh no matter what the circumstance. He has spent most of his life back and forth between Maine and Alaska. He spends his time while not guiding by making chain saw carvings. These works of art range from life size black bears to Winnie the Pooh imitations.

Read More

chuck dionneExperience: 22 Years

Chuck is a retired Navy man that has grown up in the North Maine Woods and has been guiding there for the last 23 years, the last 3 years full time at Libby Camps. Chuck loves fly fishing, but above all loves the thrill of hunting trophy deer and moose. Chuck also works his Brittany, Libby, in the fall.

Read More

bob johnsonExperience: 37 Years
Bob has been guiding in northern Maine for the last 35 years when he moved here from Ohio. Bob is an experienced seaplane pilot and knowledgeable fly fishing guide. He taps maple trees for syrup in the spring time and carves Brook Trout out of wood using a chainsaw. These beautiful pieces of art can be found at places such as Orvis and LL Bean.

Read More

TEST

Read More

maine professional guides