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.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Millers Update



Saturday, April 17, and the Erving gauge reads 820cfs. The Bears Den comes in at 465cfs. It's hard to believe but April has been a bit on the dry side and the flow readings are showing that. In fact, the Millers is running BELOW normal. If the Bears Den reading is to be believed then we can safely say that it is very fishable right now. Once the Erving gauge hits 500cfs we will be out there regardless of the stocking reports. BTW, the DFW site says that the lower Millers has been stocked a few weeks ago. If it was then the trout (rainbows) will be scattered due to the high water at that time. It appears that the Bears Den will get it's browns on May 7th with the lower C&R getting it's browns on the 14th. That's when the season starts for me!!!

The above photo is of the pool at the mouth of Mormon Hollow Brook on the LOWER river. I love fishing this section starting at the Bridge Pool and working downstream. It's lonesome fishing for sure. Very few want to take the walk to get there but it is certainly worth the trip. An added bonus in this section is the awesome smallmouth fishing. I'm not talking about 8 to 10 inch bass but bass that are 15inches plus!! In May and June, I've been told, that smallies come up from the Connecticut River to spawn and these fish are BIG! They're measured in POUNDS, not inches. I can't say if the spawning theory is true but I've caught many big bass here that may be Millers River bass.

Here's a fishing trip for you: start in the late morning during June swinging buggers, muddlers or leeches through the big pools and runs of the lower Millers. Fish through the afternoon catching good size bass and some trout. Have a sandwich around 5pm and then head upstream to the Kempfield or the Upper Trestle for the evening rise. THAT would be a good day on the Millers!!

The Lady with the bass?? Caught on the lower Millers on a June afternoon.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not a comment but a question. How do you know when the rest of the stocking will be? Rich Duffy

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Check the Massachusetts DFW website. They publish a list of waters stocked by the week. They stock during the week and then update the site on Fridays.

Ken

Anonymous said...

I am aware of the site. But you said the seventh and the fourteenth. I wondered how you knew specific dates. Rich Duffy

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Rich,

The Millers receives trout, all rainbows, throughout the Spring BUT receives BROWN TROUT in the two C&R areas during the first two weeks of May. I arranged those dates years ago. Rainbow survival through the Millers Summer has traditionally been poor. Browns love the place. They are my fish of choice for this river.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for satisfying my curiosity. rich duffy

Anonymous said...

Browns love the place. Thats why we have to stock them each year...:)

Anonymous said...

Good to hear.

I just have a quick question if you dont mind? My father is coming up this weekend to fish as I keep telling him about the wonderful fly fishing that there is. I normally spend my time on the Quinnie, E.B. of the Swift and Swift. However, I really wanted to head to the millers with him. How has the fishing been? Have they stocked? Where would be the best place to go on the millers this friday? thank you!!

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

I would go anywhere on the Millers this Friday. The river has been stocked with rainbows so far. The lower C&R in Wendell would be a good bet as would the section in South Royalston.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your reply!!

What is the type of water in S. Royalston or Wendell? IS it conducive for nymph fishing? Pocket water? Wouldn't mind the occasional long stretch fo streeamer water, but were primarily nymph fishermen. Thank you again! Looking forward to your reponse!

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

Both sections have a good mix of pools, runs, riffles and pocket water. Overall it is great nymph and dry fly water.

Ken

Anonymous said...

Chris here again,

Thank you for the responses Ken! Hopefully the river gets another blast this week before friday! Did royalston center get a good dump of fish? thanks!

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

I have heard that South Royalston (Royalston Center is not on the river) has been stocked. Browns go in on May 7th on this section.