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.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Super Bowl Sunday On The Swift!



It was COLD on this Super Bowl Sunday. The 350 or so cfs flow was wadable but I didn't catch anything. I have great faith in an orange soft hackle swinging just below the surface on this mid 350 cfs flow. It had worked before when the flows were wadable as today and salmon came to the net. This time the salmon and the trout didn't want any of it even though the flows were perfect. I saw no rods bent with a fish in play. One nice lady hiker said that she saw a trout taken on the bubbler arm. "Bill", the regular ( a true fish hawk) spent his time on the upper overflow arm. Another angler said that he lost a 20+ inch laker drifting a large streamer in that spot.

The large fish (salmon/lakers) are there. The trout are scattered. A few warm days will find the trout working the surface above Route 9. They were scattered on the surface today.

I saw two birds building a nest this morning in early February. Things are changing!!

Ken

6 comments:

Bob O said...

Good for you getting out in the cold yesterday. Pleased to learn the big fish are still accessible if not willing and that the water has fallen a bit. See you next time.

Anonymous said...

Ken,
I was at the Y pool with a couple friends on sunday from 7-1, and not one fish was landed by us or anyone else in eyeshot of that fish tank. Had two legs full of water the whole time, any preferences with waders?? I love FF in the winter, but that was brutal. I thought Grey's would last longer than four years. Can't wait for longer days-Cliff

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Cliff,

I must have seen you during my frost bitten 9 to 2pm adventure. A lot of fly fishers were up by the spillway which I ignored until it was too late to find a spot. As I said, one had a good laker on until the end.

We are at the low 300cfs range. I can hardly wait until the PIPE rises about the surface. That section is still too high to wade/fish unless you want to stand on the bank below the PIPE.

I was asked in a private email if the Millers is still to high to fish. Forget about it unless you like spinning gear.

Spring is six weeks away!!

Ken

Bob O said...

Ken,
The pipe was exposed (just) Monday. I saw a spin fisher standing on it lowering his bait and massive sinker. A wader, waist deep at least, came down the far side throwing a spinner. Flow today showed 324 cfs. It's falling, unless we get some good rainstorms. Still a bit too high for me.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Bob O,

A spin fisherman standing on the PIPE. Hmm... It reminds me of the spin/bait guy who walked out across the "tree" that fell into the tree pool a few years ago. He did alright until he slipped into the tree pool!! Those guys are a brave and crazy lot!!

I'd love to see the PIPE section around 150cfs right now. It's too high for you, too high for me and too high for the trout.

Things will get better!

Ken

Browntrout said...

Ken,
If you want some winter fishing with the potential of some very large trout, take advantage of this mild weather and head up to the Newfound. I took a 20+" rainbow there yesterday along with a buddy and two others between 16-18". Flows are running ideal and the fish (all out of the lake) are active between 10-2pm. Worth the trip.
-BT