More about MGT Founder & Lead Guide, Bill McClellan:
I have been fishing since I was very young. I still remember catching my first bass. I was fishing off the dock at Thorndike Pond in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, when I caught something big, and I was hooked. The bass was almost as big as I was!
Ever since then, I have sought out the thrill that nature inspires. Throughout my childhood, I fished for brook trout and bass - cleaning and eating them for breakfast with my family. I would spend summers following streams with my friends, walking for miles through the forest as we periodically dipped our small baited hooks in the cold, clear water.
As a young man, I lived on the campus of the Lawrenceville School and left no corner of its three hundred sixty acres unturned. The grounds were designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead, the architect of Central Park. The school had been attended by Aldo Leopold, one of its early students who became a famed environmentalist. I walked along many of the same paths he did.
Curiosity in the natural world was a part of everyday life. My summers were spent on the side of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire. Backpacking and camping experiences in the White Mountains, Green Mountains, and Adirondacks were a fertile training ground.
As an adult, I sought out adventures on the ocean, in the mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers all over New England. In 1996, I knew I wanted to more formally share my passion for nature with others. So I became a Hurricane Island Outward Bound sailing and sea kayak instructor.
In the off season, I teach middle school math and science. In the summers, I either adventure on my own, with friends, or as a guide. I have also completed many educational courses so I can better understand the world around me. For example, I became a Maine Master Naturalist Volunteer in 2014 after completing a rigorous, one year, hands-on course in plant and animal identification. In 2016, I became a Registered Maine Guide and started Maine Guided Trips.
I live in Rockport, Maine, where I have been living with my family for the past 30 years. Maine is a place that will never run out of mystery - there is always more to explore! I hope we get the chance to explore it together.