Meet Your Guide: Ben Nyce
- Registered Maine Guide
Maine Professional Guides Association, Member
- Owner Nyce Guide Service LLC.
I was born and raised in Elliottsburg, PA. My father owned a concrete foundations business where I worked summers through high school and college. I received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Susquehanna University in 2004. In 2005 I married my wife Rachel (who was originally from Newport, ME). I continued to work at Nyce Concrete after college and eventually became a partner. After 10 years of marriage and 3 children we decided to pull up our Pennsylvania roots and move to Maine. My wife wanted to come home...It was difficult for me to leave the family business, but I saw an opportunity to pursue my true passion, fishing for a living!
Since moving to Maine in June of 2015 I have built our home (with the help of neighbors, friends, and family), we have added another little boy to our family, and I have covered a lot of water!
I grew up fishing the Juniata and Susquehanna Rivers for Smallmouth Bass. I caught my first citation class smallmouth at age five. I have been fishing on foot, from canoe, kayak, and boat for over 30 years! In Maine I have logged countless hours fishing all around central Maine. It is amazing to me the amount of water and the number of fish in those waters! The scenery is beautiful and the wildlife is a bonus. I commonly see bald eagles, loons, ducks, deer, and even bear and moose occasionally on my more remote trips!
I have been lucky enough to catch lake trout in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Grayling in the Yukon, Striped Bass in New Jersey, Maryland, and Maine. I have fly fished, and caught, trout in the famous waters throughout Pennsylvania including the Yellow Breeches, Letort, Big Spring, Penn’s Creek, Spruce Creek, and many others. I have caught cutthroat and rainbow trout in the Snake and Green Rivers and other tributaries in Wyoming. Each have their own merits but, in all my fishing experience no freshwater fish compares pound for pound with the fighting ability of the Smallmouth Bass! Maine has more diverse, scenic, and unpressured opportunities to catch these bass than any other state in the east!