For nineteen years Columbia Falls in conjunction with the Downeast Salmon Federation has hosted the annual Spring Smelt Fry to celebrate ice out on the Machias River. This is one of those local events that has grown from a potluck lunch to over 500 visitors. There is always plenty of events for the whole family and great platter of fried smelt. If you are looking for a unique down home Maine event, then this is one of the best!
As unique a destination that Columbia Falls and the Annual Spring Smelt Fry may be as compared to the commercial visitor spots in Maine, it is not without its share of blood thirsty mosquitoes and black flies in season. However, most Mainers and knowledgeable visitors have a bottle of Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope with them. Developed in Maine in 1882 as a repellent for all biting insects, Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope has been protecting people without fail for over 130 years! The unique formula of Ole Time Woodsman Fly Dope actually interferes with an insects receptors that detect the carbon dioxide flume that we exhale when we breathe. If they cannot find you, they cannot bite you!
Enjoy the Smelt Fry, Columbia Falls, and Welcome to Maine