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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Playing With CDC



The wind has howled all day taking a low 30 degree temperature and making it feel like single digits. More like February instead of being on the cusp of April. Four years ago we were taking rising browns on hendricksons at the very end of March. That will not happen this year. Instead we fish the Swift and tie flies.

CDC - the miracle fiber!!!!! Floats like a cork and may be the most versatile component in dry flies. First, it works on dries all the way down to size 30 which deer hair and snowshoe hare really don't do. Second, it can be used for different fly stages very effectively.

Here are two mayfly spinner patterns. Just tie the cdc in like you were tying a comparadun and then split the feathers from side to side.

Below those spinners are some cdc caddis patterns where I've kept the traditional hackle. The fly looks good with the hackle but you really don't need it.

They say that we will be in the 50's by the weekend and those temperatures will be maintained well into next week.

Lets hope so!!

Ken

7 comments:

Wood turtle said...

Ken,

I like your new "fish" widget to the right under the flies. But no matter how gently I click the mouse, all I get is short strikes. They must be Swift River 'bows.

Brad

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting those patterns.
Do you have much success using caddis patterns on the Swift? If so, what size?

Thanks,
Mike

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Mike,

The only caddis fly that I've had good (seasonal) success with is the winter caddis. I just don't seem to see many caddis from the PIPE upstream. Maybe the environment isn't that good for them. Down in Bondsville it may be another story but upstream not so much. It doesn't mean that a trout will not rise to your caddis on that river.

Will, glad that you like the caddis!! They work well on the Millers!!

Ken

Gerry S. said...

Ken,

I am sure all will see these statistics. Thought I would save everyone a few clicks. From Mass Wildlife website. I was told they are trying to up the brown trout population. I wasn't able to find out who the brown trout numbers compare to prior years.

2014 Spring Trout Facts
•195,000 rainbows over 14″
•71,000 rainbows over 12″
•12,000 rainbows between 9-12″
•500 brown trout over 18″
•43,000 brown trout over 12″
•81,000 brown trout between 9-12″
•1,250 brook trout over 15″
•31,200 brook trout over 12″
•38,200 brook trout between 9-12″
•10,000 brook trout between 6-9″
•4,700 tiger trout over 14″

Gerry S.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Gerry S.

The 25% range is about average for the state when brown trout are stocked. It should be 60% like CT. and NY.

How about dumping the tiger trout program. There's a 'frankenfish" for you!!

Ken

Anonymous said...

What's the best all around flyline for catching stocked clonebows on the Millers?

Millers River Flyfisher said...



A weight forward 5wt will do the job from heavy buggers to Size 18 BWO on the Millers.