AUGUSTA – Dan Legere of Greenville, Maine was recently recognized by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the Maine Professional Guides Association banquet as the 2015 recipient of the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Guide Award. Dan’s award will be presented to him at an event this summer as he was unable to attend the banquet.
Dan owns and operates the Maine Guide Fly Shop and Guide Service in the heart of the Moosehead Lake Region, offering guided fly fishing trips and fly fishing schools.
“Dan’s long career as a Registered Master Maine Guide in the Moosehead Region has earned him much respect amongst his peers,” said Deputy Commissioner Andrea Erskine. “He is known as a gifted teacher and wonderful mentor and exemplifies what it means to be a Maine Guide.”
Dan currently serves on the Moosehead Fisheries Focus Group and previously held a position on the Board of the Forest Society of Maine. He was also heavily involved in the West Branch Easement Project. In recent years, Dan has hosted Project Healing Waters retreats, has worked with the Wounded Warrior Project and has taught fly tying to area youth through the local school system. Dan is regularly asked for his input on local issues and has been active in numerous efforts to promote the outdoor opportunities found in the Moosehead region.
“Dan has taught me more about fly fishing that I will ever remember,” said Registered Maine Guide Ian Cameron. “He is a gifted teacher, a wonderful mentor, and an extraordinarily marvelous example to the public of what it means to be a Maine Guide. He is what all the rest of us in the profession aspire to be. Dan is, simply, the guide’s guide.”
Winners of the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award must have held a guide’s license in Maine for at least 20 years and actively guided for a least 10 of those years; pass a criminal background check; actively volunteer within the community to introduce and educate youth about the Maine outdoors; and actively serve on boards or committees that enhance or promote the important of Maine’s outdoor resources.
Nominations are reviewed by a seven member panel comprised of four Registered Maine Guides, the Deputy Commissioner of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the recipient of the previous year’s award and a representative from the Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Licensing Division.
The Legendary Maine Guide award was created in memory of Wilmot “Wiggie” Robinson and past recipients include Gil Gilpatrick (2010), Gary Corson (2011), Gardner Defoe (2012), Matt Libby (2013) and Don Dudley (2014).