Booking for SPRING & A River Update

Iv’e started reserving dates for the Spring! There where a healthy amount of hold over fish this year and its lookin’ good! Hit me up if you want to fly fish the Deerfield, Westfield or Swift Rivers.  Email me at grantfigura@gmail.com to book a date!

dscn5034One big rainbow from last spring caught on the East Branch on the Westfield. dscn5089Happy faces on the water.

Also, the weather is great and the fish are getting somewhat active. One thing to always keep in mind this time of year is snow melt. It may be 60 degrees outside but that snowy run off will effect the water temperature dramatically and the fishing will drop off. Plan to go out several days after the melt and the fish will be less lethargic and easier to convince.

The Swift has been really solid this winter. No otters and no complaints from this fisherman. I caught this brook trout on one of my favorite bends on a big olive bugger. dscn6121The Deerfield has also been productive in some stretches. It can be dangerous to wade but the hold over brown trout are ready to hit streamers! See you out there!

Cheers,

Grant

Winter Fly Fishing! Ready Go!

This winter is a good one. It hasn’t been to cold and with moderate snowfall the rivers seem to be healthy and happy.

The Swift it on right now. There are LARGE hold-over fish kicking around cruising up and down the river. A little advice…go for a hike south of RT 9, trust me Its worth it. This time of year is a great time to go streamer fishing on the Swift. Work the banks and work them slow. Watch the river and cast into faster moving water . Sight fishing is the name of the game on the Swift and with little debris on the surface, you can see almost everything in the water this time of year.

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I headed out there this past Sunday and fished for four hours or so. Lots of activity. I walked down to some of my favorite large pools and looked for areas with the most current. I love the underwater vegetation on the Swift. It breathes as you fish around it. Sometimes I feel like Im at the ocean and the current is moving beneath my legs. 

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Several brown trout hit and a large rainbow. Good times on the Swift.

The Deerfield has got some snow! Its a different world the further you travel up to Vermont. Fish with a buddy If you do decide to bare the elements and be a badass. Its also worth the trip. Few fish up there hitting right now but the ones that strike are amazing. I a big rainbow right after the snow storm a couple weeks ago on a streamer. Beautiful river! dscn4726dscn4721dscf1808dscn4650dscn0425

GO FISHING!

ps: Hit me up if you want to secure a date in May. Its never to early to plan out a guided fishing adventure!  • grantfigura@gmail.com

  • Grant

Swift Update / Guiding

dscn5880The Swift is in really good shape right now. Perfect water level, plenty of fish and lots of flies to choose from. I always see guys tying these microscopic flies on 9x tippet… come on now. There are some wonderful bends on this river where you can spice it up and throw streamers and dry flies. For those who read this blog nymphing is not my cup of tea. If thats your idea of fun on a river than by all means have at it. Ill be downriver…

I took a client out on the Swift not to long ago and had a great time sight fishing. So many brookies and the rainbows didn’t dissapoint either.dscn5884dscn5898There is an amazing flying ant hatch that will be on for the next two weeks. Bring some black or amber ant patterns and get in on the madness. Its gonna be epic. dscn5888There are plenty of days to get outside and experience this wonderful river. Hit me up at grantfigura@gmail.com or visit www.northriveranglers.com to book a guided wading trip. dscn5889See you out there!

-Grant

Explore the Deerfield

I recently had one of those epic days that took me to new places. I’ve been exploring the Deerfield River this Fall with a fresh pair of eyes. There are a lot of places to catch amazing fish on this river. The northern stretches of the Deerfield are wild with untamed terrain. Sharp rocks, steep banks and a lot to see. Bring a friend if you go, no cell service and lots of places to get into trouble. This fall is a great time to explore. Whether its the Deerfield or any other river. The cold temperatures offer a unique opportunity to hike in and experience something new. Even if you get skunked, its a learning experience. Thats half the fun.

There are a lot of blue winged olives and ants kicking around the surface of the water. Dry fly time! The streamer fishing is on par as well. Big flies for big fish. The swift is solid right now as well. Get out and experience this wonderful time of year!

Cheers,

Grant

October on the Rivers

dscn5845This is a great time to fish the Deerfield and the Swift. The East Branch of the Westfield is unfortunately still out of commission and shouldn’t really be fished. What do I mean by really? The fish are there but they are stressed and hiding along the banks or at the bottom of few pools that still exist in the gorge. Try exploring new territory this Fall and find some new water. Trust me its worth exploring the many rivers and streams western Massachusetts has to offer. dscn5877Guided wading trips NOW through DECEMBER. Hit me up if you want to catch some fish!

River Update • Thank God For Rain

Well the rain brought the rivers back here in the valley and its about time. The Deerfield is fishing really well and the Westfield is flowing back to its wonderful state.

The Deerfield River has some big rainbows cursing around. Use streamers and big fluffy dries. These trout are anything but lethargic and they have bad intentions for your fly. Fish this river – The rain did wonders for it.

The EB got hit HARD from this summers drought with little places for trout to hide and increasing water temperature, the weather has paid its tole on the number of fish. With luck, the rain will move some fish around and more rain will follow. Fingers crossed. I hit the upper stretches of the Westfield after the rain and had some luck. Its not totally wiped clean…

The Swift, what a river. Its been solid all year. Oh, and Its still hopper season. I headed to the Swift not to long ago and used my Westfield Hopper Dry fly on some southern areas of the river in my canoe. I’ve been exploring some new territory / fishing techniques on this river and it seams to be producing some beautiful fish. Dry flies are always on my mind when fishing this river. Hoppers, Blue Winged Olives, are a must, Caddis and large Orange Stimulators can bring some large brown trout to the surface. Killer water.

My advice, fish the Swift and let the Westfield regain its sea legs. Its been a rough summer.

Cheers,

Grant