Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Short Post - FISH THE EB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ok, you've seen the posts and the comments. Fish this river. I had a great night last night and a comment from another spoke of a great day floating hoppers earlier in the day. I guided a newbie who rose 8 trout and if reflexes had more experience he would of hooked more than the two. Same for the guided trip the week before. TROUT ARE RISING ON THE EB!!!!!

Get up early and get there by 7:30. Catch trout until noon or so, sit on a rock, take in the environment that you are in, have lunch and a cigar and then do it again after the shadows begin to cross many pools by 4pm. You will be there for the evening rise where the hoppers downsize to generic olive comparduns in sizes #14 and #16. You cannot spent a better day in Massachusetts on a summer day than on the EB!!(if you flyfish)

Trout are everywhere here. Fish for them!!



Anonymous said...

I fished there last weekend. Saturday was fun because there were few anglers with the threat of thunderstorms. Sunday was a different story. By 8am, 5 of the 6major pools I usually fish were already full of anglers. I guess this is becoming a weekend-only destination. Is it me or are the EB fish smaller this year than in past years?

Millers River Flyfisher said...

This river has had these conditions for years. Weekends equal people, weekdays not so much. During the week I fish ALONE because there's nobody there. On weekends during the Summer it's very early in the morning or late afternoon if you want to be alone. The Sunday before last I fished from 6:30 am to 11:30 am and saw one fly fly fisher and it was a sunny, dry day.

The fish are the same size.

David Burke said...

Made the 2 hour drive to the EB on Saturday.......what a beautiful river. I was speaking with a local who fishes the river often - he referenced a Westfield Pheasant Tail. What is the recipe for a Westfield Pheasant Tail.

Thanks for your help.

Millers River Flyfisher said...


I was there Saturday morning and you are right - it's a beautiful river.

Westfield Pheasant Tail - haven't a clue. Must be like other pheasant tails.

BTW, saw many more sunbathers than fly fishers.


Michael from Winchester said...


Not sure if you got my last post/question - or if I submitted it correctly. I was wondering how far down river from the gorge you venture. It seems to widen out well below the pool with the wire cable spool table (~1/2 mile below that point).

Millers River Flyfisher said...


I usually fish the first 2.5 miles from the Gorge and occasionally down around Indian Hollow. Whether the lower gate is open changes the game. If it isn't I will cross over and fish downstream from there or walk down to the Hemlock Pool.


Bob Heitman said...

I apologize if you've posted this information before, but I couldn't locate it. How does one check the flows of the East Branch?


Millers River Flyfisher said...


Go to my website (you've been there) and click on the link to the East Branch found with the other links on the left side.


Scott said...


Do you ever fish above 143 at all?
It feels very remote and the trout are there at least a few rainbows.


Jo Tango said...

ken, am new to the E.B. and have fished it twice thus far. had good experiences both with Czech nymphing, incl. a 14" brown and multiple good-sized rainbows. also, fun to catch small wild browns, too.

was showing dry fly casting to my 15 year old and inadvertently caught a fat 15" rainbow on a stimulator/dropper set-up in about 20" of water.

one time, we fished from 8 am to 5 pm. zero action until 2 pm, incl. while nymphing deep. one time, we fished starting 12 noon and action again started at 2 pm.

water temps good: 60 to 62 throughout that area.

river popular: 2 other anglers working Bliss Pool area with a family of swimmers down there, too, splashing around.

wonder if fishing closer downstream will be better, though i hear "good" pocket water becomes more spread out the further down river.

hope all is well, Ken!