The heat and lack of rain is really effecting the EB. The water is low and the fish are spooky. There are still places to catch good fish if you know where to go but this is not the Westfield I was fishing three weeks ago. That being said the time to fish this river is in the evening. Lots of hatches and the rainbows come alive on the surface around 6pm. Royal Wulffs, Blue Winged Olives, Adams Flies and Orange Stimulators are killing it on the EB and the Deerfield River. The magic hour on the Deerfield is bringing some big fish to the surface. Guiding on the Deerfield in the evening has been amazing. Here’s Dan with his first rainbow trout on the fly. Not bad at all! If you want to book a guided wading trip or lesson, hit me up at www.northriveranglers.com and ill put you on the fish!
I’ve been floating the Swift River for some time now in my one person canoe on my day off. What a place. I love floating this river, It presents so many opportunities to fish water where few people have fished. Did I mention that there are some HUGE fish in the Swift. One of the reasons I keep coming back to the Swift is the brook trout population.
More brook trout than one angler knows what to do with. I don’t guide on this river due to the crowds and the over fished catch and release area. Its a fine area to fish by yourself If you haven’t done it but its not exactly where I want to take clients. What I really want for myself and for my clients is a western style drift boat. I am saving for one of these bad boys and the first river on my list to float is the Swift. If anyone who reads this blog knows of a guide that is selling their drift boat please let me know. Im trying to expand the waters I fish and a drift boat is my next step. See you out there!
I have spent a lot of time fishing the East Branch of the Westfield River and every time I head out I learn something new. This EB is a beautiful freestone river that beckons to be fished. The landscape is that of a Montana river with huge boulders that break up the water with plenty of room to back cast. This spring is all about the rainbows on the EB. They are cursing around taking large buggers and fluffy dries. Last Spring the EB had a lot of brookies but not this season. The rainbows are aggressively ruling the water and showing no signs of slowing down. Check this river out, you won’t be disappointed.
The fish are hitting everywhere but especially the East Branch of the Westfield River. Rain has really brought the water level up but that hasn’t stopped the fish from hitting streamers and royal wullfs. Mayflies are out and the blue winged olives are starting… its more than go time. I’ve been busy in the studio working and busy guiding so a day off was necessary. I headed out early and landed rainbow after rainbow. More rain rolled in and both the fish and myself could’ve cared less.
Spring is one of the best times to see this river for the first time. Bald eagles, great blue herons, salamanders, bears, moose, deer its all down in the gorge. So much to experience. Oh and did I mention fiddle heads… Last fish of the day was an 18 inch brown trout caught in one of my secret spots.
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The Deerfield River is coming alive with Spring. The fishing is a little challenging this early in the season but the fish are there. Lots of mayfly hatches and even some blue winged olives are flying around. Streamers are a go to right now and mid day fishing is honestly so – so. The time to catch it is in the morning and evening from 4pm on. You know, the usual. I’m taking dates down for May and June. Hit me up and check out my guiding page / website if you are interested.
The Deerfield River is a stellar river to catch some huge native brown trout. Its one of my favorite places to fish and there are always new places to explore. Try and resist the urge to look up the Massachusetts stocking schedule and catch stockies, theirs nothing wrong with that but this time of year is for exploring new water and casting out big streamers for big fish.
If you can resist the urge to follow your local “trout truck” and go explore the Deerfield River you may be well reward with a beautiful native brown trout. I offer guided wading trips on the Deerfield and the EB of the Westfield. If you want to catch fish and learn about these rivers email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swift River is the place to catch big brook trout. It may be a well know, crowded fly fishing location in Massachusetts but this little gem houses some big fish. I don’t guide on this river due to the abundance of people and generally float it nowadays. Just south of the “Pipe” pool the fishing can be challenging but worth the effort. Why? There are some huge brook trout south of the catch and release stretch. I landed a 17″ brookie along with several others hitting the 14″ mark. These larger fish are waking up and hitting big flies. Are you a dry fly fanatic? Hatches have already started!
Mid March is a great time of year to use olive buggers and do some serious sight fishing on the swift. The time to catch big fish on this river is right now. Oh and if you do catch a “breeder” as I like to call them, please handle them with care and send them on their way, they are the backbone of the brook trout population on this river. Im booking trips on the Westfield and Deerfield for the spring. Hit me up if you want to catch some fish at email@example.com or visit my new guiding website. www.northriveranglers.com