Wednesday, July 15, 2009
A Week On The East Branch - Westfield River
I love this river!!! Living only 15 minutes from it's tumbling currents probably adds to that but having a lot of eager, RISING TROUT certainly helps. This is where I've been flexing the bamboo over the last week except for a non fishing trip (yup, that happens) to the White Mountains over last weekend.
Where do I begin? There are miles of great holding water but I limited myself to two stretches. I'll call the first the "Bliss Pool". One trip down the dirt road from the top of the gorge and you will find it. You will know when you are there by one telltale sign. (remember the word:Bliss). This long piece of holding water has been the home of rising trout early in the evening. Remember, the East Branch is a freestone river and in the depths of summer the action is in the early morning and in the evening. BWO's and any tan mayfly dry will bring them up. If you're there early then tempt them up with a large stonefly dry. It works!!
Last night I decided to give that stretch a rest and worked a tempting run a 1/4 mile above it. It was a relief!! No large, slippery boulders to negociate, just lots of fine gravel, nice water and rising trout. I took four 'bows and a brown and lost others from that stretch. There was a concentrated spinner fall of some large mayfly at the fast water at the head of the pool. At first I thought that they might be isonychia but there where no telltale nymph shucks on the shoreline rocks. My guess was that they were Grey Drake spinners. My offering was refused but I made up for that with the sipping trout at the tail of the pool. They loved that olive emerger!!
As darkness fell I began to think of the Millers. It cracked the 500cfs barrier and will continue to drop. It looked like I would have to visit the wilds of NYC this weekend but the flyfishing gods have smiled on me. That trip is out and the Millers looks like a sure bet right now.
The Millers or the Westfield?????
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 5:31 PM