Modest Mouse and the Deerfield River

Sometimes the river has a soundtrack. There are certain bands that I’ve found over the years that compliment the river. The clash of the water against the rocks, the flow of the water around a bend, a hatch suspended in animation hovering and the rise of a fish against glass. For me, Modest Mouse is one of those bands perticularly the EP “Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks.”

Here’s a link if you haven’t heard it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyb2fuVN48w

I was on the Deerfield River this past week loving the fall weather. I couldn’t help but feel in awe of the river and the sounds. There are so many things to celebrate out there.

Cheers,

Grant

 

Late October on the Westfield River

The East Branch of the Westfield River finally got some water. Yes, rain! The fishing has been pretty hit or miss lately down in the gorge. I went for a long hike to the center of the gorge and had some luck in a few of my favorite “secret” spots. Those are the best. The places where you can just get away from other fisherman and be at one with the river. I really enjoy working for the fish at the EB. You have to cover a lot of ground on this river but it makes the catch that much more rewarding. As November moves in the fishing should remain solid. I was fishing this river all the way into January last year. We will see how long it lasts! Just keep fishing – just keep fishing.

Cheers,

Grant

Fish Everywhere!

Well it is prime time right now my friends. All the rivers here in western mass have received their fall stocking and the fish are everywhere. The Deerfield is absolutely incredible right now with hold over fish from the previous years cruising around going after streamers and any sizable fly. The East Branch on the Westfield is just silly. I went there over the weekend and caught over 46 trout I stopped counting after a while, its just to much fun right now. If you are a novice to these rivers and want an in-depth look into how to catch fish there. Hit me up at grantfigura@gmail.com and ill put you on the fish!

See you on the river!

Grant

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Deerfield River HOG!

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Its that time of year again. The big rainbows and browns are cruising around the Deerfield River! I caught this beautiful 19 inch rainbow on one of my favorite streamers. These fish put up a fight and strike the hell out of the larger buggers and streamers this time of year. According to ‘Game of Thrones’ – winter is coming – and these fish know it. They want something substantial to eat to preserve energy for the long winter months. These hold over fish are what makes the Deerfield such a great place to catch trout. It sure is a treat to catch a fish that’s lived in this river for years. Good stuff.

Cheers,

Grant

The Swift River • October

I finally made it out to the Swift River. The Deerfield’s been holding my attention for the majority of the season but I just had to leave it for a while. First off, I have several beefs with the Swift.

One: There are fisherman EVERYWHERE! Its annoying and all of them are casting to the same stocked fish.

Two: There are some individuals that visit the river on a regular basis who act as if the Swift and its banks are their personal garbage can. The last thing I want to see when Im  fly fishing is a bud light can.

Three: The stretch of water from the “Y” pool down to Rt 9 is like an amassment park for fly fisherman. It is well maintained with wooden steps guiding you down to the river and even a bridge that crosses the stream at the base of the Quabbin Dam. Great for older fly fisherman who cant really get around anymore but hardly a “wild” place to catch fish.

Ok now that I got that out of my system I can tell you why the Swift is awesome. There are places where you will see little to no fisherman but you have to know where to go and sometimes that requires a canoe or a long walk. I’ve fished this river for a while now and now know that drifting the Swift with a boat is the way to go. Also, the farther you get away from the Rt 9 bridge the wilder the Swift becomes. The water is crystal clear with an amazing amount of aquatic life and plenty of hatches. The fish can get huge due to the amount of food this perfect little ecosystem provides. Brook trout move throughout the Swift’s bends at every turn. They are near fallen trees under embankments and will hit just about anything you throw at them.

October is a great time to visit the Swift. The fish are starting to get more aggressive and they will let you know it. The veteran trout are harder to catch. They are snooty and want something particular and precise. The Swift is a challenge and a wonderful place to catch trout. It has its pros and its cons but when it comes down to it this river is one of the best in Western Massachusetts. See you there soon!

Cheers,

Grant