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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Still Winter In Those Hills And A Millers Presentation.And The Need For A Reel

This was going to be the last 50 degree day until this weekend so I decided to visit a vein of a major artery out in the "Hidden Hills", that section between Rt 20 and Rt 2 west of the Connecticut River. It was going to be a chance to work this new 5'9" 3 wt. fiberglass rod but I decided to use the veteran instead of the rookie. The veteran being my 6'bamboo which had been sending me subliminal messages this past week that it needed to be fished. The rookie will make the lineup later!

It wasn't 50 degrees where I was and the terrain looked like the tail of a retreating glacier. Foot thick slabs of ice hung from both shores of this little stream and the woods still had a blanket of snow. In fact I didn't even see drops of water dripping from the overhanging ice. It's still Winter here!!

Fished for an hour working some brookie flies that I believe resulted in one "tap". That was it but it was good to visit this place. In three weeks.....

Took a detour to check out the EB. The ice barricade is still there and the road below is a bobsled run. In three weeks....

I'm doing a slide presentation on the Millers River for the Western Ma. Fly Fishers on Monday, April 20th at the Ludlow Elks. A 45 minute fly tying demo by Dan Trella starts at 7pm and then I'm right after that. It's free!!


P.S. A friend of mine has a need for a Loomis Syncrotech 678 fly reel. He is in NEED. If you have one contact me and we will go from there. KEN


Tincup said...

Ken Knowing its been a long winter u seldom show a fly pattern without listing the pattern. So let me have a shot. looks like a 12 or 14 wet fly hook some golden pheasent for tail A body of peacock hearl and a wet fly wrap of brown hackle or a chicken breast feather. Wont be long now weather reports are for 60 next week.

Millers River Flyfisher said...


Ok, 1.You got the hook (sometimes I use a dry fly hook) 2. Ditto on the golden pheasant 3. peacock body (too easy) 4. correct hackle 5. WHAT ABOUT THE WING??? YOU FORGOT THE WING!!!!! INSTANT DISQUALIFICATION!

Please resubmit!


tincup said...

You got me Ken I didnt know and really wasnt sure just trying to bait the answer. Thought it might be a wing of grey squirel or a guinne feather. Hope to see you on the rivers soon

Millers River Flyfisher said...


I enjoy your comments.

The wing is from some shitty mallard feathers that have this black/white/black tips to them. I usually use them for wing cases minus the tips on light colored nymphs. A have a bunch of them and wanted to use them. The grey squirrel response was good considering the dumb photographs.

Hope to see you fishing soon!!


Richard Vanvoris said...

Hi Ken. We are fishing here on the cape but very slow to nothing on account of the temps.
Any sense of when the East Branch will be fisable on at what flow rate do you think it is worth going down there.
BTW thanks for the blog ,its really well done and I get a sense of what is happening, fishing wise, on the other end of the state.

Millers River Flyfisher said...


My last blog post summed up the EB. The road is blocked by plowed snow and there is ice/snow below it. The EB isn't ready yet. Look for May 1st as a start date unless you JUST HAVE TO BE THERE.

Anything below 500cfs is fishable.

Glad that you like the blog!