Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB
Fly Fishing The Millers - With over 30 years of fly fishing this river I will claim more knowledge and fish caught than anyone. There are over 40 miles of river and I will take you to the best sections and if you want to sections that never see another angler. Don't be fooled by those who say the Millers is a Spring and Fall river. I'll show you how to have great Summer action. The "EB of the Westfield" - Wild and beautiful is the only way to describe this river. There's a lot of water here but I know where to go to catch trout. After a trip you will too!! Solitude and trout IS the EB. The Swift - 20 trout days are not uncommon on this river if you know what to do and use. I'll show the way and you catch the trout. RATES - Full Day (6 hours) = $150.00 for one, $225 for two (lunch included). Half Day (three hours) $90.00 for one, $155.00 for two. Beginners Class - 3 hours ffor $90.00, all use of rods lines, reels included.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring To Summer

Summer is almost on us although the temperature tonight and tomorrow may make you think of early Spring. Our Spring just seemed too short this year but we will move on from that and think of Summer.

The rivers - we need some rain but the water temperatures are cool and there's still depth in the runs and pools to swing a fly through. At 9am today the water at the EB was only 56 degrees. At 2pm it nudged 60. That is perfect. The Millers is going strong and I'll be there this weekend hopefully fishing some out of the way places. The Swift - been above and below the PIPE and doing well but have not been above RT 9 in three weeks. I'm afraid of what I'll find. Time to check it out.

If you can fish this long weekend that is great. If you can't you can pray for rain!!

Also, I'd like to hear how people are during on the EB since the TU weekend. No exact locations just general terms.


Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Millers is Sooooo Good Right Now And Some New Guiding Hours.

This may be the best month of May in the last five years on the Millers for rising browns. The lower CR is ALIVE! The sections below the lower CR are full of fish, period.

A few hints: browns hate crystal clear blue skies. On those days like those you will be fishing subsurface if you want success. As the sun begins to drop below the ridges the surface action will start. On overcast days the browns will start work hours earlier. We had success on both kind of days at the right time and the time is in the evening.

For those hand wringing thermometer fanatics: We had stocked brookies slamming flies on the Millers when the morning water temperature was 62 degrees. They were full of fight!!!

I'll be writing about the EB after the TU crowd leaves by Monday.

I'm opening up some late Spring, Summer hours for 5 to 8 pm during the week. Great hours! We get the evening hours with the evening hatch. Just right for learning about some new spots that you need to explore, to brush up on presentation and fly selection or to just get into fly fishing. EMAIL me (address is above) and we are on our way. Three hours for $90.00 is hard to beat!!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The EB But Not The Gorge

When I got into the car it was 89 degrees. A few miles west from downtown Northampton it had dropped to 87. By the time I bottomed out at the end of the hill from Chesterfield the temperature was 68!! That's the "Hidden Hills" for you. Big,dark clouds hid the strong sun from just a few miles to the east. Suddenly it was what May should be.

I wasn't looking for the Gorge but for another place. A Tenkara rod helped me bushwack through through an understory of unbroken fir twigs. "I don't think that anyone has been here" I thought as I did my best not to leave a trail. I didn't.

This part of the EB looked beautiful. A rainbow that hit the olive soft hackle made it look even better.

Then came the dark clouds that began to bring rain (a welcome event) and a hint of thunder. That drove me off after a slim 45 minutes.

I may keep this place in my back pocket, maybe not. It's a nice place. Maybe some local or the most adventurous of others may recognize the place. It may be best to keep it under wraps even with chances being slim that anyone will explore it with the CR not being so far away.

Loose lips.......


Thursday, May 7, 2015


If you've been reading the comments on this blog you'll know that the upper CR on the Swift finally received it's fair share of trout. Hopefully it was a school of trout and not a pod of suckers that was seen. I'm betting that they were trout and some of you have probably fished over them already.

Fished the EB for 1.5 hours Monday evening under perfect conditions and took one rainbow and met another who also landed one. I don't think that these fish were stocked in the CR but washed down from above. The big stocking will occur next week but fish the place anyway. It will give you a peaceful reset after a month dealing with bait hogs at the pipe.

The Millers - Browns go in on the 8th and the flows are fishable. There will be plenty of anglers there on Saturday with a TU party planned but the crowds will be gone by mid May. Make it a point to try some new areas outside of the standard CR spots. Poke through seven years of past blog entries for some hints.

I have some trip openings for June. If interested just email me.



Sunday, May 3, 2015

Updates and My Mistake About The Y-Pool

Last week I said that everything was fine with the Swift because I had heard, from vary reliable sources, that the upper CR had been stocked TWICE. Since I wrote that I have not met anyone who has caught or seen any trout above RT. 9. There is no excuse for this condition. Maybe the DCR has other plans for the area like making it a strolling park or encouraging groups like the 15 or so UMASS types who were actually trying to wade (as in SWIM) in the river Saturday. I don't care what anyone says - this river belongs to fly fishers first!!

The PIPE has fish and it also has a huge population of the rudest bait slingers that you can imagine. They will attempt to crowd you out. The solution is to make this catch and release year round. I was talking to a DWF fellow last week who said the same thing.

Bows, browns and suckers will be what you will be fishing over from the gauge downstream.

The EB is RIGHT NOW and the Millers is almost there. Below 300 cfs in the Bears Den is great, 590 cfs in Erving is almost there. The browns go in May 8 in the CR sections of the Millers.

I don't know if you've noticed but we are in a dry spell. Most measured river flows in MA. are actually below normal for this time of year and it will not be the first time that we had a snowy winter followed by a bone dry spring and summer. We could use some rain.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Swift - All Is Well

I remember making a comment to a neighbor of mine when I lived in Athol that SPRING didn't really arrive until the DPW flushed their hydrants in late April/early May. A short scouting trip to the Swift today was slowed down for that activity on Bay Rd. Spring is really here and the weirdness of the Swift has passed. There are trout and the flow is down to what this small, placid tailwater is meant for. And the trout have begun to move around so you don't have to stack up from the Pipe to the Tree Pool to feel the "tug". The tug is everywhere.

Now we will start talking about the EB and the Millers.

The EB has settled down but I don't believe that the CR Gorge section is stocked and probably will not be until mid May. There will be trout moving downstream from ABOVE which may provide some relief but the action is at least two weeks away. If I'm wrong let me know but you probably will not!!

The Bears Den of the Millers is starting to almost look placid but in Erving/Wendell Depot it's another story. We will watch this.

Guys, don't get too antsy. We have 6 to 7 months of the Millers and the EB to look forward to. Think of those Summer evening rises. They are right around the corner!!


Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Trout Are There: Fish Deep/4/27= It's at 66 cfs!!!!!

Forget about having trout swim around your boots at the Y Pool. Forget about seeing dozens of trout all over the place below the Pipe. The trout are there BUT you have to FISH for them and you have to fish DEEP. If you are not fishing DEEP in this current (215 cfs) you will do nothing. My guys on Sunday landed 4 but hooked another 8 to 10 and my friend Brad, a true Tenkara disciple, skinned the section after we left. (Note: Tenkara lines fish DEEP, they work in this heavy current). Scuds and bead headed small flies seemed to work best.

The above RT 9 section will improve. The socking was sparse but it will get better, The trout are beginning to move around above and below the Pipe. Things will get better.

Now, what happened at 11:00 am on Saturday morning on the Swift? A milky gray plump of filthy charged out of the PIPE from the hatchery. It covered the right side of the flow from the Pipe through the Tree Pool to the extent that you couldn't see the bottom on the river. It went on for the 15 minutes that I saw it and who knows how look afterwards.

Now, over the years I have seen an occasional "tint" to the outflow especially during low flows but this was obscene! Now I know we are not talking about paper mill waste of waste from plastic industries. This was trout "poop" but the trout hatchery that I worked for a few years ago had it's discharge measured on a regular basis. A discharge like that would of gotten us into trouble.

To the Hatchery Manager: get smart, don't do things that don't look right and if you HAVE to do them EXPLAIN the event BEFORE you do it. Don't say that you do this all of the time because in thirty years I've never seen a mess like this.

Photo attached.


P.S. the Swift dropped like a rock Monday from 215 to 66 cfs. PERFECT!!