Catch & Release • EB

Fall is here and the EB could use a little water. The fish have been concentrated clinging under banks trying to avoid the revealing sun. G-d I hope we get some rain soon. One positive thing about shallow water is that it brings me to new places. I don’t fish the usual runs when the water is nearly unfishable.  Looking on my map I decided to hike into an area of the EB I’ve never been before. Pushing through nearly fifty feet of brush and a very obnoxious pricker bush, I found it. A sweet bend in the river that had some good sized fish. Rainbows! Lots of rainbows. I also lost a huge brown. You know, one of those fish that hits, runs and you lose him soon after… swearing follows along with self doubt and crippling excitement. Yeah, that fish.  After losing that brute I started to think about how special this river is to me and so many others. Iv’e always admired how the East Branch of the Westfield River is Catch & Release. I find it so rewarding to see other fisherman catch a fish and send it on its way. Good stuff.

September on the Deerfield River

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September is rocking right now on the Deerfield River. Plenty of trout rising all day for dries. With temperatures in the mid 60’s the fish have been active and eager to take everything from streamers, nymphs and dries. The Deerfield is one of the best fisheries in western mass. Don’t get me wrong, it has its challenges but is well worth all the time and reconnaissance  it takes to learn its ways. Whether you are a drift boat fisherman or want a perfect run to wade this river has a stretch for you. Get out there and enjoy it!

EB in August

The water is low but the fish are still active on the East Branch of the Westfield River. Some of the best summer fishing is right here in my own backyard and life is good. All species of  trout have been active in the early morning / evenings with the afternoons being pretty sparse. Caddis and parachute dries in the rising hours and  switching over to  streamers in the afternoons brought some luck. Hopefully this drought will end soon bringing some larger fish out of their hiding spots. That sun sure is brutal on shallow water. Nevertheless fishing remains solid.