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.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Check Out Bondsville

"If I fished only to capture fish my fishing trips would have ended long ago" Zane Grey



It had to be the the reports in my comments section by Chico and Parachute Adams and others about the fishing down in the Bondsville section of the Swift. Now, I know the area well, fished it years ago and did well this past Spring but I had not been there since early June having gotten under the spell of Cady Lane. So that's why my friend Brad and I found ourselves late Tuesday afternoon knee deep in this very interesting place.

First off the water temperature was 65 degrees which is excellent. Second, as the Swift below Route 9 looks different than the section above Rt 9, Bondsville is different than Cady Lane. First, it has pools, pockets and riffles. Secondly it is devoid of weed growth as commenter Chico noted. This may be because of the 4 mile long ponded area upstream acting as a barrier by settling out any vegetation drifting downstream (just my theory). Anyway, you will have found yourself in a bona fide New England trout stream, a shaded oasis and you will have it pretty much to yourself.



Brad went downstream and I worked a 50 yard flat that began as a good riffled run at it's head. The bushy dry fly was cast to likely spots and it began to connect with brookies. I went into the double digits with most of the brookies being around 10 inches with one in the 6 inch range. I took one rainbow and broke another off in the short 2 hour trip. It was certainly worth my while and I'll be back.

I don't believe that this place will ever get hammered because it is off the beaten trail and many of us are just creatures of habit and don't want to leave familiar places. Plus, it's a fairly large area which allows for some solitude. If you enjoy crowds, habitually keep score and are afraid to take a break because you may lose your spot then this place is not for you.


The Drought - we got a few breaks in the past week or so but the extended forecast says "DRY". I need to hit the Millers and I'll do that next week!!!

Ken








6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ken

I've been following the comments and they seem positive about Bondsville. You fished it when the water was up. How do you thing it will be at 45 cfs?

GW

Millers River Flyfisher said...

GW

It should be fine with a stealthy approach. I would expect more surface action.

Ken

Joe Scapalini said...

The Bondsville section appears to have minimal and difficult access to the water. I am very intrigued about checking out this section of the Swift, but can you perhaps point to an access point? Behind the apartments on Main ST? There seems to be a lot of little dams/falls in this section as well.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Joe,

Look for a bridge just downstream from where you mentioned. Start from there.

Ken

TomPerry said...

Ken,
When you mention the Bondsville Section, are you referring to the section between the two dams --- the one above and below the fire station.
Tom Perry

Millers River Flyfisher said...

Tom,

When I think of Bondsville I start where you mentioned and go all the way down to where the Swift River meets the Ware River. It's a fairly big place.

Ken