Sunday, June 28, 2015
New Places And Old Places
A New Place - I've never written about the Middle Branch of the Westfield and not because it doesn't deserve attention. It is a beautiful mountain stream that rises in the eastern Berkshires, flows for miles along a seldom traveled country road, is impounded by a very deep reservoir and then spills into the Main Branch in Huntington. My friend took rainbows out of this small stream that were unusually fat and broad shouldered and just seemed to look different in size and color than a hatchery bow. Hmmm...
I don't expect the hordes to descend on this place because of it's remoteness plus there is so much water to fish. And don't trust the flow gauge on Middle Branch. It's located BELOW the dam so you don't see the impact of high water events. To get a better picture check out the flow on the West Branch. As I write the Westfield watershed is getting hammered by rain but things will be very fishable in 48 hours. I plan to be there!
An Old Place - The lower C&R of the Millers ends at the bridge in Erving Center. It is seldom fished, taking second fiddle to the Kempfield section upstream. This is a great spot with lots of trout (I saw two stockings here this Spring) but it comes with a warning: it may be the most difficult section to wade on this river. When the flow is over 400 I go elsewhere. I love this place when the flow is 250 or lower and I'll have it to myself on most occasions. It's great dry fly water too!!
We needed the rain and now we have it. As I've said many times the EB rises quickly and falls quickly. If it's at flood stage on the day you plan to fish then hit the Swift or another river that isn't blown out. The Millers has been so good as of late that I don't feel too bad with rising waters. It will stay up for a week or more which means I'll fish other rivers.
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 8:23 AM
Labels: guided fly fishing trips on the Swift River, guided fly fishing trips on th East Branch of the Westfield River, Guided fly fishing trips on the Miller River