Becoming a full-time Registered Maine guide has certainly been an adventure in itself. Meeting exciting people, developing lasting relationships and sharing extraordinary experiences has been the highlight in my career thus far. Being asked to join the list of quality contributors in Northwoods Sporting Journal has been an honor and privilege. The journey that has led me to this point is certainly something I will cherish for the rest of my days. The experience and message I have hopefully taught my two daughters are to go after what lies in their hearts and fuels their passion. I will continue to share my passion and follow my dreams with the help of my wife, friends, and colleagues. For all this and much more, I am truly blessed and grateful. A special “Thank You” to the folks at Northwoods Sporting Journal for giving me the opportunity to share some outdoor experiences and knowledge I have been fortunate to have known in my life.
From the very beginning of our company Twin Maple Outdoors, we have been enjoying and benefiting from Maui Jim classic collection optics for our Maine Outdoor activities. We are extremely proud and happy to be included in the Maui Jim family as an ambassador living and practicing a shared business model of world class customer service and product. Joining Maui Jim is certainly a natural and mutual beneficial fit. Guiding year round in Maine outdoor adventures warrants only the best sunglasses made. Maui Jim works and performs the absolute best for all that we do. Maui Jim helps us provide only the best customer service possible to our treasured customers!
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Maui Jim Pro Ambassador – Richard Yvon ~ Twin Maple Outdoors
Twin Maple Outdoors is honored to be included as a Page 5 Guide at Dun Magazine! Our past experience with the publication and our daughter Annarose, has done wonders for her confidence and progress growing up in the outdoors. As a Maine guide, reading the Dun Magazine has truly helped me grow and learn about females making their way in the fishing community and industry. By having a better understanding with the ability to learn more in every edition, my guiding will continue to be more successful and rewarding in the future. I am so happy to be apart of such a tremendous group of people that will enrich my life as well as our clients/friends we come in contact with everyday.~ Richard Yvon – Twin Maple Outdoors
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One of richest joys in Life is to see your children happy. Our family is very blessed to see Annarose appreciate the natural world. Weather it be camping, fishing or hunting, Annarose embraces the outdoor life with both arms! This is her first official publication. Thank you to our good friend Jen Ripple of The Dun Magazine for giving Annarose an opportunity to tell her story. At 12 years old, she has learned to appreciate nature with love, respect and passion. Our family is so proud of this young lady and cannot wait to see what life adventures lie ahead for her.
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This year is an exception for a prolonged ice fishing season. For as long as I can remember the season has never been extended. So is it safe? There is today on most northern lakes 1 -2 feet of ice. Everyone feels safe on that kind of ice but wait… Let me tell you about a concern on our last trip. We left at our usual 5:00am for another ice fishing adventure. When we arrived at our put in everything looked closed in without a hint of melting. As we fished all day it was always riding in back of my mind, “I wonder what the shore line looks now as the outside ambient temps approached 50 def”. After fishing all day it was time to exit the ice. As we approached the edge to our amazement the edge was open and was questionable if I was able to exit the same way I went on! Luckily I am equipped with winch and Nebulus.
We exited without event and were on our way. I consider myself lucky with the trip and took away a valuable lesson. The first time and hopefully the last time we will encounter such a situation! So be mindful out there…. just because you can does not always mean you should. Ice fishers should always be careful of changing ice conditions. Always look for shaded areas away from inlets, outlets, and springs and in general, soft ice.
Thankful for an awesome ice fishing season with many laughs, memories and nice fish caught. Have fun, be a good sportsman and above all stay safe!
Thank you to everyone for a great show season. We were very happy to be able and get out to visit all our friends including our Sports, Colleagues, and Promoters. We enjoyed supporting our partners… The Maine Highlands, Daddy Mac Lures, NuCast, Excel Outdoors, Jiffy Drills, Dexter Outdoors, Flex Spex, Tauten Sports, Coastal Angler – Boston and G3 Boats!
Our seminars went well as we promoted the State of Maine and All we have to offer in the out of doors! Our seminar ” The Maine Event” was filled with Maine fishing, hunting and recreation.
We are back at the guiding in Maine’s hard water and looking forward to our annual ice out. Our ice fishing this year has been awesome with some good fish caught. As we finish up the hard water season down east, we will host two more trips before wrapping up out gear and start prepping the boats. We are so happy to bring on Nebulus, Jiffy Drills and Excel Outdoors to our line up of quality sponsors. We know that these folks are top in the outdoor field! They will add value to our operation and customers delivering only the best products with wonderful customer service. Thank You!
Now is the time to book your spring and summer vacations here at Twin Maple Outdoors. Please don’t wait to the last minute! Dates are filling up fast ! Check out our latest short take video on spring Land Lock Salmon fishing in our drift boat on the West Branch! Book Now…
is happy to announce our partnership with this extraordinary group of people from Living Lands & Waters. Together, we will be launching an Adopt the River Program for the Penobscot River in Maine. We are presently looking for folks to volunteer and help for this great cause so we can effectively leave our watershed better than we found it.
To aid in the protection, preservation and restoration of the natural environment of the nations’ major rivers and their watersheds.
To expand awareness of environmental issues and responsibility encompassing the river.
To create a desire and an opportunity for stewardship and responsibility for a cleaner river environment.
If you are interested in volunteering your services?
Please contact: Richard Yvon Cell: 207-907-9151
About our NEW Partner,
Living Lands and Waters
Headquartered in East Moline, Illinois, Living Lands & Waters is a 501 (c)(3) environmental organization that was established by Chad Pregracke in 1998. Since the organization was founded, Living Lands & Waters has grown to be the only “industrial strength” river cleanup organization like it in the world.
Spending up to 9 months a year living and traveling on the barge, the Living Lands & Waters’ crew hosts river cleanups, watershed conservation initiatives, workshops, tree plantings and other key conservation efforts.
What started with one man has grown to ignite communities as we all work towards improving our nation’s waterways. Check out our history in our timeline or learn more about all the moving pieces that make us work.
I hope everyone is having a fun and SAFE summer out there! The purpose for this blog post is to share a personal experience we had encountered here at the Twin Maple Farm. Sharing this experience will be in hopes of helping you and your family stay safe not only outside but inside your home as well!
In Florida, this species of mosquito (Culex nigripalpus) plays a major role in the transmisssion of disease-causing viruses. (UF/IFAS/File Photo)
It all started when we bought our farm about 10 years ago. Like everyone, we have always pumped out our septic system every two years to ensure proper operation and longevity of our system. What we noticed was something we had absolutely no idea was tied to our septic system. For 10 years, we had noticed in the summer an overwhelming population of inside mosquitoes. Having a house built around 1840 and a less than marginal remodel done by previous owners was understandable having some of these critters around. As time went by the problem just got worse and worse… The sleepless nights of swatting and sores from hungry mosquitoes was more than bearable. So this year with the threat of the Zika Virus and all its complications, I started doing tons of research on my computer. I finely discovered a new problem someone on line had found and wondered if THIS… could be our answer!
We all know how mosquitoes love to breed in static water and have been told time and time again to empty any containers of water around your home. But this problem is very unusual. The critters were actually breeding in the septic tank and traveling through the drain system coming out into the house! So, I immediately started isolating my problem to our shower drain where I actually saw them coming out. I also needed to prove out the scenario so I installed packing tape sealing up drain. After vacuuming up all bugs it was now a matter of time… it will tell! It’s unbelievable!!! No More mosquitoes! Problem Solved!
The task of a permanent solution was now at hand and what to do now? To have them actually reach the tank, it had to be only one place. The vent pipe for the plumbing needed to be secured with screen from flying mosquitoes entering. Well, my roof is a 12/12 pitch, which means this guy is not going there! At this point, I wasn’t quite sure if my shower even had a trap and if it mattered or not. To rip out the shower to find out was not an option . So I went to a bath store and bought this simple $8.00 drain seal. (See picture #2)
Picture #2 Shower Drain Cover – by Richard Yvon
Protecting you and your family should not end here! Things we found to help us deal with mosquitoes…
Always where some kind of bug spray. We love Herbal Armor Natural Bug Spray (Deet Free)
When camping, try to enter your tent before dark.
Check your screens for holes in tents, house windows etc…
Pump out your septic regularly and keep pools of water vacant around your property.
Check your sump hole for standing water and breeding mosquitoes.
Cut grass short – keeping tall grass away from your outdoor living area.
Where long sleeve shirts and bug mask when mosquitoes are active day or night.
I hope this article will help some of you out there! So stay safe and protect you and your family from dirty, disease carrying mosquitoes!
Typically in Maine Ice Out starts in April and by the beginning of May, all the lakes and ponds are ready to start their open water season. Anglers from all over the state are itching to get their lines wet and partake in an annual ritual of Ice Out. To some, this time of year is almost as special as Thanksgiving!