Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The Lower Millers Again - You Should Fish It! (And Above The Bears Den)

This is a refresher course on the Lower and Upper Millers.

Over the years I've written about those last 5 miles of the Millers where it does it's best disappearing act - from the Bridge Street Pool to Millers Falls.The Bridge Street Pool is a classic. Great choppy riffles moving into a glide and then a pool of swimming hole proportions. I holds trout for a long time and you will not be disappointed.

The Bridge Street Pool is the gateway to unfished water - I'm not kidding!! In 30 years I've never seen anyone else there except those that I've brought there. The fast water is FAST and the pools are large. One can catch good sized browns here with rainbows thrown in. In late May through mid June this place is home to oversized smallmouth (2+ pounds). Rumor has it that they come up from the Connecticut River to spawn. I can't verify that BUT all of the BIG smallies I've caught or caught by people that I've guided have been caught in May and June.

There are two good season long feeder streams that refresh this section, Mormon Hollow Brook and Lyons Brook. Both hold the real thing in their upper reaches.

The Bears Den - For most anglers this section begins 200 yards above Rezendes and ends 200 yards below that property. Go to S. Royalston, drive down the road past Pete & Henry's till the end. Suit up and head to the river. This is about a half mile ABOVE the CR section BUT the place is a great place to fish. You will see why when you get there.

These places are seldom fished even though I've been waving the pom-poms for them for years.

If you want to cut to the chase and learn all of the best places in one leisurely trip just let me know. I guide there!!

We will be fishing everywhere soon. Count on it!!



Hibernation said...

So true Ken. So true. I think that steep tumbling section below bridge street keeps people off that section. But man, there is such an epic pool at the end of that... Awesome stretch of water.

Millers River Flyfisher said...


You are right!! Check out the run/pool below that which was once called the Cable Pool because of the kayak course that once had cables and gates crossing it. A good spot.


Bill Hager said...

Ken, at what point is the Millers' fishable? Right now the gauge in Erving is at 716cfs. Is that too high to fish? Bill

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Scott M said...
Millers C&R Areas are set to be stocked with Browns on May 8th, both sections. Anyone interested in helping out with stocking should meet at the Holtshire Rd Bridge/RT 2A at 8:30AM, and 1:15PM at Pete & Henry's


Scott M
TU 725

Millers River Flyfisher said...


Too high for me!!!

Scott M,

Thank you for the info on the brown trout stocking. Good to see that the Chapter is still involved with this. I'll spread the word!


Anonymous said...

Scott M,

Is there any way we can reach you with any questions on the trout stocking?


Millers River Flyfisher said...


All the info about the Millers brown trout stocking is there in the comment. For more (if needed) info go to the Millers River Trout Unlimited site and find a link to communicate.