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.

Monday, November 9, 2009

The Swift's "Duck Pond"


It was a very busy weekend with only a two hour window to cast a fly and that window was in the early afternoon on Saturday. The two major parking lots on the Swift were jammed (counted 23 cars) but there were no cars at the first spot that I had ever fished on this river: the Duck Pond. This place, a few hundred yards downstream from the Rt 9 bridge, gets it's name from the "pen" of ducks that a land owner constructed on the river. (there were no ducks on Saturday) It is also the spot of the remains of a stone structure that had collapsed into the river years ago. It was thought that this "dam" backed the water up on this stretch of river so the local TU chapter had it taken away. The promised riffles never materialized and the upstream stretch remains about the same as it did 20 years ago when I first fished it.
There is a good holding pool below the remains of the structure and my 2nd cast of a scud pattern took a good rainbow. I really wanted to check out the riffles that are downstream from this section but as I made my way downstream I saw two flyfishers working that water. Upstream of the "dam" I could see two more anglers working that slow water.
It pays to hit the water early!! Next weekend.....
Ken

13 comments:

Adrians Blog said...

Sweet report Ken. I am headed out to the Swift Wednesday! I would love to hit the usual spots but I have a gut feeling that it's going to be busy on the river. I prefer not to fish around crowds and maybe I can do a little more exploring that I didn't get to do the last time! Tight lines all!

Adrian

Ken said...

Adrian,

I drove past the Swift yesterday (Mon) around 11am. There were 11 cars at the Y pool lot and 6 at the pipe lot. It may pay to get there early, very early!!

Ken

Anonymous said...

Ken,
But that is how you get better and learn some new spots.

I got a good laugh this summer when a guy saw my buddy and I suiting up. He sprinted up the river to hop in the pool in front of the dam. So, I went downstream and found a couple of new ripple lines to play in. Well- in the next half hour, he got nothing and I picked up 2 14" bows in a spot that I expected to get nothing.

Being forced to read the water and find unassuming pockets that may have fish and then picking them up is much more gratifying than hitting a trusted spot over and over again. Well unless you bag that trophy of the season out of the hole... then it is ok.

-Eric

Anonymous said...

Ken or anyone,

If browns come out of deeper water in the fall to spawn, will they stay there all winter long. Also, what is a good hook size or sizes fot hot spots? Thanks-Cliff

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Cliff,

Hot Spots work best in sizes 14 through 18.

Now for the browns - all trout, including browns, will need winter refuge if they live in a river. This will mean deeper water. Springs would work too. You may find some in some riffles if the weather gets mild and the water isn't too high. We're talking about freestone streams like the Millers. The Swift is another story.

Adrians Blog said...

Ken,

I am planning to get there early! I turned down a bar crawl in the North End tonight so I could get an early start tommorow morning.
Hope to see some of you out there tommorow. If you see a Korean kid getting schooled by the bows that will probably be me haha. Anyways, hope to see some of the masters from this board out there.

Adrian

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Adrian,

Turning down a North End Bar Crawl????? You are hooked, man!! If I get out tomorrow it will be in the late afternoon on the EB of the Westfield. Where will you be??

Good Luck!

Ken

Adrians Blog said...

Ken,

I was thinking either the Swift or Westfield...Flows look ok at 190cfs if I am correct on the Westfield. Speaking of which, whats the road like to the bottom of the gorge and gate? Doable or is it better to hike down? I drive a Camry, not exactly the perfect vehicle to drive those rough roads...Decisions decisions...Swift or Gorge area of the Westfield...Either way I will wake up at the crack of dawn to maximize my time on the water. Hope to run into you. If not, maybe on the Swift!

Adrian

Anonymous said...

Adrian-

I drive a ford focus, and I managed to get to the gate at the westfield (Chesterfield Gorge access). The road has some rough spots. This was this past spring, and it was worth the 2 hour drive from Acton. I hiked deliberately for 1 hour downstream then fished my way back to the car. It was beautiful, and I picked up some nice rainbows.

Good luck!

Adrians Blog said...

Anonymous,

thanks, I will give it some solid consideration! If I fish the Gorge I will to be out of the house by 6am, get there by 8:30ish to get a solid 6 hours of fishing time. Love the gorge and I have seen and caught some of my biggest fish among those rock gardens and runs this past year. If not, I will hit the Swift and hit a less crowded spot and fish the regular spots. Thanks again Anonymous, and Ken if I fish the Westfield I'll keep an eye out for you!

Tight lines all!

Adrian

Bob O said...

Ken,
Your comment regarding the results of breaking down the stone dam a the duck house remind me there is talk of breaking down the stone dam in Bondsville (where a youth tragically drowned last year). I wonder how the river might change? with that impoundment removed, and whether it would be better or worse or no change for the trout population?

The trustees are grappling with the cost of repair and maintenance vs cost (financial and environmental) of removing the structure. Whether or not this happens, at this point, is a matter of conjecture.

If removed, it surely will alter the look of the Swift upstream.

Anonymous said...

The Swift was dropped down to 38CFS around noon today (Friday), about a 40% drop back from an already low flow. This can't be good for any length of time.

Al

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Al,

I have fished the Swift when it was running as low as it is and it still had great fishing. I thought it would freeze over one winter because of the low flow but things were fine. Look at the median flow graph. The 60 year average is very close to the flow right now. Anyway, it beats the flood conditions of last winter.

Ken