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.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Mid Week Trip To The Swift


A Wednesday trip to the Swift below Route 9 did not show the pods of trout from the previous week. You could make them out here and there (kind of) but they are certainly scattered which is a good thing. Maybe more will be there within the next few days but I'll bet that they will not. I want to bet on the upper CR to be stocked but I will wait until Las Vegas chimes in. It better be!!!

The Millers and the EB - the Millers is around 1500cfs. Wait till the first week in May. The EB , in the Gorge section, is less than the gauge is reading but not a lot less. Get brave and follow RT 9 and find a place off the highway. Hint: wait until May 15 or so.

Ken

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Swift Update



There are fish in the Swift except in the regionally famous CR section above Rt 9. Rumor has it that the DCR doesn't want a stocking truck up there until the ground dries out. The access points have been dry for a while. Maybe DCR doesn't like having a regionally famous trout stream. Maybe they like the litter dropping day hikers which seem to be overwhelming the place the last few years. In any event they have taken CR to a new level. If there are no fish then you can't keep them.

I guided Friday and Saturday below RT 9 and my guys were the only ones to catch trout. It took a while to figure it out but the rainbows were not hanging out in the usual mid stream spots but were resting in the calm water out of that 200 cfs flow. Swift Serendipities, small SJW's and size 18 turkey tops drifted right over their heads did the trick. It was a sight fishing experience!

Ken

Monday, April 13, 2015

How About An Update The Millers And The EB


As I write the Millers at Erving (the Bridge Street Pool) is running at 2470 cfs and trending UP.

As I write the Bears Den section of the Millers is running at 1430 cfs and has leveled OFF.

Some of this high water MAY be the result of the (maybe) hold back of water for the local party called the River Rat Canoe Race. I think that they didn't hold water back BECAUSE the flow was high enough. The stream gauges indicate this. This is very high water and the fishing will be tough. Wait a week and check the gauges on this site.

As I write the EB BELOW the Huntington Dam in running at 1110 cfs. Now, this doesn't mean that the CR section is roaring. They could hold water back and fill the flood pond and then, after the high water event(s), release water which will drain the flood pond and show a high flow below the dam BUT the CR will be PERFECT. How can you tell if the flow in the CR is good?

Simple - The EB (above the gauge) has a flow that is DOUBLE the combined flows of the West and Middle Branches. It's like that year round. So, go to the West Branch gauge site, write down the flow reading and then go to the Middle Branch site and do the same. The West and Middle Branches should have a combined flow close to equaling the EB. Now, I said that the EB was running at 1110 cfs. The WB is running at 664 and the MB is at 375. Combined that's at 1039 cfs which says that the EB flow isn't effected by the dam. This simple calculation always works. Observation: I feel that the EB fishes well below 600 cfs and we are a ways from that.

The Millers and the EB will be fine by late April if we don't get clobbered by rain. Hint maybe you should try the Middle Branch. You may be surprised.

Ken

Friday, April 10, 2015


Ok,2:30 Friday afternoon and the Swift has not received any of OUR trout YTD. There's a bunch on locations of flowing water out in the Berkshires that are getting their share BUT NOT THE SWIFT which has more casts per season than any of these other locations. I don't get it. The Swift is the PLACE. Why will you not stock it?? Do you have a problem with Swift River Fly Fishers? Do you have a problem with the ONLY wade accessible 12 month trout fishery that brings in god knows how many out of state anglers every year??

Answer Us. I have thousands of page views a month and you are not responding or doing anything. I can't answer for you. Respond to this Blog and give the reasons. And don't say that you can't get into the CR section when you know you can stock below RT 9.

We are waiting.

Ken

Monday, April 6, 2015

Still Winter In Those Hills And A Millers Presentation.And The Need For A Reel



This was going to be the last 50 degree day until this weekend so I decided to visit a vein of a major artery out in the "Hidden Hills", that section between Rt 20 and Rt 2 west of the Connecticut River. It was going to be a chance to work this new 5'9" 3 wt. fiberglass rod but I decided to use the veteran instead of the rookie. The veteran being my 6'bamboo which had been sending me subliminal messages this past week that it needed to be fished. The rookie will make the lineup later!

It wasn't 50 degrees where I was and the terrain looked like the tail of a retreating glacier. Foot thick slabs of ice hung from both shores of this little stream and the woods still had a blanket of snow. In fact I didn't even see drops of water dripping from the overhanging ice. It's still Winter here!!

Fished for an hour working some brookie flies that I believe resulted in one "tap". That was it but it was good to visit this place. In three weeks.....

Took a detour to check out the EB. The ice barricade is still there and the road below is a bobsled run. In three weeks....

I'm doing a slide presentation on the Millers River for the Western Ma. Fly Fishers on Monday, April 20th at the Ludlow Elks. A 45 minute fly tying demo by Dan Trella starts at 7pm and then I'm right after that. It's free!!

Ken

P.S. A friend of mine has a need for a Loomis Syncrotech 678 fly reel. He is in NEED. If you have one contact me and we will go from there. KEN

Friday, April 3, 2015

To The DFW - What's Up With The Swift?????


Hmm... I don't get it. I can see where some of those kettle ponds on the Cape will get some early stockings. They are either ice free or close to it by now but why is the DFW stocking Berkshire area ponds but not the ice free, very fishable Swift River??? Just this past Sunday I saw ice fishermen on a number of ponds out Berkshire way. Not catering to the Spring fishing season are you. And why are you stocking the tranquil(Ha) Deerfield, roller costing along at 1000cfs to 3000cfs on a daily basis, but not the Swift at a steady 200cfs??

Let me remind you: THE SWIFT RIVER IS THE NUMBER ONE FLY FISHING DESTINATION FOR MOST OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS AND IT IS A DESTINATION FOR MANY FLY FISHERS THROUGHOUT NEW ENGLAND AND BEYOND. WHY IS THE NUMBER ONE DESTINATION BEING TREATED AS SECOND CLASS STATUS??

This River got national exposure a year ago in a national magazine but why does Otis Lake gets trout first????? I guess you don't want to PROMOTE Massachusetts fly fishing? I thought that you would jump at the chance to promote a gem like the Swift. A New York fly fisher that I know was dismayed at the condition of the Swift this past week!!

STOCK THIS RIVER!! You can do it. The hatchery is right next door. You have hundreds (actually more) of license holding fly fishers who are chomping at the bit to fish this wonderful resource. GET IT DONE!!!!!

Ken