October on the Deerfield

Its time friends! The Deerfield River is in its prime right now. The other surrounding rivers in western mass are relatively low. Nothing a little rain wont fix but it best to move toward bigger water when the small streams have stressed out fish. Hit the Millers or the Deerfield. The Swift is fishing well but I’ve been fishing from a canoe. Its dry fly season for sure on that river! The bookies are loving it! Oh and try a black ant pattern if you are hitting the swift. Don’t forget to see whats flying in the air around you! As for the Deerfield… streamers all the way baby!

 

Mountains & Sharks

Part I: Mountains

Its been a long and adventurous summer and now I’m back in western Massachusetts ready to catch some trout. Ive spent most of the summer in the Adirondack Mountains catching large mouth bass and tiger musky. So many good stories and a hell of a lot of fish. Lots to tell. Its been a trying summer as well with the death of a childhood friend who passed. Ive pretty much kept my social media to an all time low and spent most of my time outside where I belong. Which is why its taken me so long to come back to the land of blogs, emails, Instagram, Facebook ect.

For those of you who don’t know I’m also an artist and my wife and I have a ceramics business called Tandem Ceramics. This summer was also spent gearing up for a trade show that we did in NY City. It went really well and I had to put down the fly rod and get in the studio. Here’s a link to our website: www.tandemceramics.com 

Back to the Adirondacks…This place is where I grew up. The mountains, streams and lakes are in my blood and it feels like home every time I hit the water. I grew up fishing with my dad and brothers near Blue Mountain Lake. I remember fishing the books for brook trout when I was six and driving my boat around the lake at age 13. Fish the places you feel most at home. Where the water makes sense and the fish are plenty.  Here are some of the fish we caught in the heart of the Adirondack forest.

Part II: Sharks

Charlottesville South Carolina is a pretty rad town. I spent quite a bit of time down there as well this summer and caught some really cool fish on a flyrod. My first outing was out on a 25ft boat casting to jetties. Im not an ocean fisherman by any means but I love fishing out there. My wife was the first one of us to hook up with something and it was a fifty pound stingray! The rest of us where using bait and fly rods and started to attract some sharks. Catching a shark on a fly rod is hands down one of the coolest things I’ve done. What a rush! By the way, the food in Charlottesville is totally on par with the fishing. So much sea food and BBQ… its downright sinful. My friend Tom and I hit the paddle boards after the boat trip in a fresh / salt water mixed inlet and had some success. Mostly bass and some redfish. Here are some photos of the trip down south!

My schedule is pretty slammed but I have some dates available toward the end of October. Hit me up if you want to go fishing! Oh and its good to be home! Trout time!

Cheers,

Grant

River Update • Open Dates in June

Tis the season! Troutland is off to a bang here in Western MA. All the rivers are stocked and at proper (normal) water levels. I’ve been fishing some new water as well as some old on the Deerfield River. So much to explore! I still have some dates open in June and would love to show you the lay of the land out here. June is a perfect time to fish the Deerfield River. Lots of hatches – mayflies, blue winged olives, caddis, moths, grasshoppers. Needless to say, its on in June. Its also a great time of year for half day trips in the evening. If you’ve never been dry fly fishing, now’s the time to get on the water!

The Swift is in full swing. Lots of people though. My advice is to explore other rivers and visit the Swift once everything else warms up, because the Swift stays cold even in the dead of summer! Now is the time to check out other rivers and streams that you’ve driven past and wanted to explore.

The Westfield is looking great right now. Lots of activity on the West Branch and the Middle Branch. Go scope it out! Its one of the most beautiful rivers in Massachusetts and it holds a lot of fish! For the brook trout junkies, look at the brooks that feed into the Westfield on google maps and go exploring! You might find some real honey holes! Bring Yellow or Orange Stimulators and some Parachute Adams dry flies. Small olive buggers with a gold bead head also crush it on this river. Go nuts!

Visit www.northriveranglers.com if you want to book a trip! See you out there!

– Grant

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

Westfield River Update & Guiding on the Deerfield

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. DSCN5383 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! DSCN5358If you want to book a guided wading trip or lesson, hit me up at www.northriveranglers.com and ill put you on the fish!

Cheers,

Grant

Floating the Swift & Saving for a Drift Boat

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. DSCN5285

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!DSCN5267

Cheers,

Grant