One begins, on these long Winter days, to think of places that mean a lot to us. Places that have etched a memory of Spring days and Summer evenings into our mid Winter brains, where the trout are willing and the surroundings where these trout are found are just too beautiful to describe in mere words. The East Branch of the Westfield is one of these places. In fact it may be at the top of the list of those who love this river.
Beauty and Solitude. - The EB has it all. Beauty - I guided a fellow here who was a Massachusetts native but had spent the better part of twenty years in and fishing Colorado. He was back on vacation and wanted to try the EB. After two hours he said "I feel like I'm in Colorado!! This looks like Colorado and I'm in the Baystate" We caught trout on that early Autumn day but it was the surroundings that blew him away. Solitude - We fished alone that day although I knew that there were others there. We didn't see them! That's the EB.
This is a GREAT Spring and early Summer river and if we have a normal/wetter than normal Summer the fishing lasts and lasts. It's a great river for exploring endless pocket water and has plenty of smooth runs and pools for terrific dry fly fishing.
There are MILES to fish on this river which can intimidate someone new to this river. It took me two years to say that I actually KNEW this river. I would find some great stretches and then find some more. Like any river there are stretches that are less productive than others. Putting the time in (I live close by)is required and having someone who knows the river works even better.
So let me think of the EB, of late May days working pockets and runs and of June evenings with rising 'bows and browns. It will make this Winter a bit more bearable.