Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Friday, March 25, 2016

A Swift Update And This Blog And Happy Easter

Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It is not even clear if catching fish is actually the point. JOHN GIERACH - DANCES WITH TROUT (1994)

Some readers of this blog will notice that I used this wonderful quote a few months back. It sets the tone for this post.

Wooley Bugger George drove down to the PIPE parking area in the pouring rain and said HI. He had been working the Y Pool with streamers during the week and had done well. "I hadn't seen much down here" he said and by the fact that there were only two other cars in the lot it would seem that his observations may be right. He left and I entered the river above the gauge at 8:00 am. A size 14 olive and partridge was on the business end.

One bow was taken in that wonderful spot and another was lost. I worked down to the flats where I had another take the SH but not as beautiful as the bow from last week. In the meantime the occupants of the two cars left when the rain picked up. One was a flyfisher and the other was lugging a joint compound bucket and a spinning rod.

I got down to the PIPE around 9:30 and kept the same fly on AND I WAS THE ONLY ONE THERE!!. I took about a half a dozen from the outflow to the deeper water. Frankly, I couldn't see any trout but they were there. Nice dark fish instead of the shiny stockers which was nice to see. Finally three bait boys showed up and I decided to call it a morning. A short lesson - there are trout there but you have to work for them. Work that soft hackle in the drift and.......

Well, here I go again, telling fellow fly fishers where I fish and having it read by those who can't stand me doing it even though they are frequent readers of this eight year old blog. One blogger, who had three different blogs, used to rant against me in comments and emails that I was giving away SECRET spots on the EB (a public CR section - is it a secret?? DUH). He used to write about rivers that he would NEVER mention. His blogs sank without a trace. Go figure.

Someone else last year met me on the Swift. He asked me how I was doing and I told him that I did very well and named the place where I fished. He tried to assure me that he wouldn't tell anyone BUT as a reader he should of known that I name all places and I did with that one. He doesn't like to name "places", just a "look at the fish I caught" photo.

I wrote the Fly Fishers Guide to the Millers River to share those great places on a river that I've experienced. It's available to everyone and will always be. Rivers become famous due to the stories of great fishing and legendary trout. Much of this has always been in print but which is read by those who would like to keep it under wraps. I keep nothing under wraps unless it's an unstocked brookie stream.

In conclusion - I still name the places where I go and catch trout and I still have plenty of room to fish even on the Swift!

Happy Easter!!



Hibernation said...

Ken -

Good for you. Hey, I get it, and I dont share exact locations with anyone but a very select few when it comes to wild trout spots. But the swift, or other CR areas. C'mon folks. There are no secrets in those areas!


Dan said...

I fished the tree pool for a couple hours on Thursday and did pretty well . I picked up a nice dark green fish that was spewing eggs . I enjoy your honesty and straight forwardness 100% .

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Will and Dan,

Thank you! Spewing eggs!!! Imagine wild rainbows!


Gary Cranson said...

Ken,and whoever

Opening day for me today and I did well. Location no not the millers or the eb or the
mb or even the world famous swift. Location the WEST BRANCH yes thats the WB of the WESTFIELD RIVER! A great fishery so great in fact Im going back tomorrow morning, see you there. Oh good spot, well follow route 112 to Hunt ing ton make a right on route 20 soon you will see the river on the right pull over at obvious spots and fish.

Happy Easter to all

Millers River Flyfisher said...

WB of the Westfield is underrated and underfished. I've been there once. It's a good mountain stream!!


Anonymous said...

Hey Ken,I'm interested in the Millers river to hone my limited fly fishing skills.I've been to Crescent St in Athol but want to check out the river near the Wendell area.I have seen a street sigN near the Wendell depot that says "Kentfield Rd" .You've mentionedthe "Kempfield Pool" in your that pool near that rd?

Bob O said...

Happy Easter Ken, and to all who read his blog. I'm looking forward to fishing this year in a greater variety of locations. Glad to see feedback from all over the map. Keep up the good work Ken. Especially like your highlights of various ties.

Anonymous said...

I recently came across your site in search of some information on the Millers River--thinking about making a trip to the Bears Den area from Boston in the coming weeks instead of my usual jaunt down to the Farmington. I noticed you have put together a guide to access points and productive areas and was wondering if there was any way I could get ahold of an e-copy?

As a side note I'd like to add that you have done a terrific job with your site; I've learned a heck of a lot about the river and productive fishing methods in the quick twenty minutes I perused your blog posts. Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing back form you.



Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your answer. I find that often, when I ask a question from veteran fly fishermen, I get attacked because I am taking “their fish”. Thanks for being an ambassador for this great sport.