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, January 27, 2016

An Important Mayfly: The March Brown And Where To Find Info On This Blog Plus Name That Mayfly!

Creeps and idiots cannot conceal themselves for long on a fishing trip John Gierach


Behold the March Brown, the first of the LARGE mayflies that will grace many of our central and eastern Massachusetts streams. Forget the word "March" because that is the English name given to a mayfly that appears in early spring across the "pond". This handsome critter begins to show itself in May and lingers into early July in these waters. The guy in the photo posed for this photo in early June at the Rezendes Pool on the Millers. He stayed in one spot while I fumbled for my camera - a true camera hog.

It's a big mayfly that will make it's appearance in slower water than it's earlier cousins, the Quill Gordon and the Hendrickson. Look for the edges of currents and not the fastest water. Also it's a late afternoon/evening hatch and you will see trout making lazy rises to the struggling emerging insect and then the rise for the real thing - the adult insect.


I don't go after the nymph stage with this fly. There is so much in the water at this time of year that anything will work BUT I wait to see the duns on the surface because trout will ignore anything else for this morsel. This is also when I go back to tradition and work a large (size 12/14) dry in classic dress. Count the Adams into this group. Size and colors are perfect!!


My fly is this:
Hook - 12 to 14 standard dry fly
tail - brown dyed grizzly hackle barbs
body - grey or yellow/olive dubbing
wing - grey CDC (new this year. I know it's gonna work!!)
hackle - brown dyed grizzly
( the hackle is my short-cut compromise. Instead of tying in a grizzly and a brown hackle aka Adams I make due with a brown grizzly. No grizzly hackle points for wings - they suck!!)

The color tones between the natural and the imitation are pretty close.

Now, I get tons of emails from people that have questions about different flies and different rivers. In the last month I've gotten many from people looking for soft hackle info. I respond to them all BUT if you want immediate gratification just do the following:

1. Go to the upper LEFT hand corner of my blog to the search box.

2. Type in the subject (soft hackles, dry flies, Millers River ect), hit enter and get over 8 years of posts on the chosen subject.

3 I'll still answer all the emails that I get. I love it!!!


Two mayfly photos from Dennis in S. New Hampshire. Of interest is the black Mayfly. That photo was taken in early April and my wild guess is that it's a Mahogany Dun. Any opinions??

Ken

Ken

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ken, I got the Hatch Guide for New England Streams as you suggested and love it. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Good photo. Mayflies seem to like the surface of cars too
JK

Falsecast said...

Hi Ken - I have been enjoying your recent posts on specific bugs. I a sure you know about this site, but if not, it's good for burning a few winter hours. Unbelievable underwater pictures of bugs!

http://www.troutnut.com/

Mike C said...

Hi Ken,
I have seen a couple of fly recipes that call for both the grizzly and brown hackle. I like you solution of just using a brown dyed grizzly.

Would hitting a standard grizzly feather with a brown sharpie work? I am thinking of wrapping the hackle around a pencil and adding brown lines with the sharpie (kind of like your stripped san juan worm technique). Thoughts?

Mike

Millers River Flyfisher said...

anonymous 1,
That book is GOLD!

Anonymous 2,
Car tops seem to attach spinner stage mayflies. A good place for pictures even far way for streams. I've seen this a lot.

Falsecast,
troutnut is on my watch list!!

Mike C,
I dye my grizzly hackles with RIT DYE either liquid or powder. It works. A sharpie may work too. I would cut a portion of the cape off and then dye it in RIT dye and then use it after I've rinsed it off. I like dyed grizzly better than natural grizzly.

Ken

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Ken,
Since the subject of mayfly's has been in your blogs lately, I thought I would share a couple of photos I took of these beauties this past year. I live in southern NH. The black mayfly was taken on April 10th and the light colored mayfly was taken on July 20th, both early evening photos.
Enjoy!

Dennis
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Ken,
Since the subject of mayfly's has been in your blogs lately, I thought I would share a couple of photos I took of these beauties this past year. I live in southern NH. The black mayfly was taken on April 10th and the light colored mayfly was taken on July 20th, both early evening photos.
Enjoy!

Dennis
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Millers River Flyfisher said...

Dennis,
Good photos BUT I can't get them to download. I'm interested in that black mayfly. Has anyone seen that critter?

Ken

Gary Cranson said...

Ken,

Of interest to you and others might be Morgan Lyles book Simple Flies, excellent. Sorry for the repeat if its been mentioned in the blog already.

Thanks Gary

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Gary,

Yes, a good book and don't be sorry for mentioning it again like I'm not sorry for mentioning Sylvester Nemes's book The Soft Hackled Fly or the another book by him "The Soft Hackled Fly Addict". All are absolute required reading.
Ken

Anonymous said...

The closest I could find in the guide to New England trout stream was the Slate Winged Mahogany Dun. You win Ken!!!

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Anonymous,

That's where I found it. We both WIN!!!

Ken