I think of fly rods the same way Bill Belechick thinks of position players. Can you play guard AND center? Can you play tight end AND be a long snapper or whatever. Versatility!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got a closet full of rods but I haven't bought a graphite rod since 2008 because everything that I have works plus I spend too much $$ on bamboo which is great to own and just admire. It's fun to fish with it too!
Ok, the stocking trucks are rolling and have hit area ponds and lakes (stocking lakes keeps the bait boys off the rivers, somewhat) and the Swift River. There will be some easy fishing at the Swift until the trout earn their graduate degrees in about a week.
The other rivers look like this for 3/22:
Millers - 675 cfs, current flow 1060 cfs yearly average
Ware - 187 cfs 360 cfs yearly average
WB Westfield 134 cfs 299 cfs yearly average
EB Westfield 344 cfs 464 cfs yearly average
Swift 52 cfs doesn't matter!
My prediction - things will get a bit worse in the next week as the snow begins to melt and the rivers begin to rise AND get colder (snow melt chills down a river). That may even keep the stocking trucks off the bigger freestones for a week or two which is not a bad thing. In the meantime tie some big, heavy stoneflies such as the one pictured above. Also tie all of the weighted buggers that you want. Remember, March is still very early to hit the freestones. I remember OPENING DAY years ago on the third Saturday in APRIL when the rivers were cold and flooded. Such is New England. And remember, heavy snows in the winter are no predictor of late spring or summer flows. I've seen rivers almost dry up after very snowy winters!!!
Where's The Rust?
I've been fishing the surf in a warm climate (someone has to do it) for a week now and carrying on an experiment that started a few years ago, namely, testing the corrosive resistance of freshwater metals in a saltwater environment. Now, I have traditional saltwater fly fishing gear but I've been using streamers tied on 3XL freshwater hooks and I've been catching fish. These streamers have been used in the salt for 2 years and show no metal rot!! They are still sharp and hard. Secondly, I'm using a very inexpensive fly reel (Cabela's Wind River reel) made from machined aluminum which resists corrosion. It's the second year for this reel and there's no rust and everything works fine. All I do is a freshwater rinse after fishing. BTW, this setup is a 6wt with a full sinking line with an 8 1/2 foot rod. I've been catching blues in the 16 to 18 inch range and it reminds me of catching schoolies with this rig on the North Shore. Lots of fun. Word has it that bigger fish are on the way so the 8wt will come into play.
Don't wait too long. I have a calendar that is booking up quickly but since I guide 7 days a week plus offer 3 and 6 hour trips I can always find a spot for you. Plus I guide on more rivers than anyone around. Contact me!!!!!