Guided Wading Trips on The Westfield & The Deerfield Rivers
Rates: May – November
Full Day (6-8 hours): $275 for one angler • $350 for two • includes lunch
Half Day (3-4 hours): $175 for one angler • $250 for two
I provide the rods, reels, flies and lunch on full day trips.
You provide your waders. I encourage fly fisherman to bring their own fly rod if they prefer it. I find using what you know produces more fish.
The East Branch of the Westfield River: Perfect for full day trips! I live about 25 min from the EB and fish it often. The Westfield is a wild, beautiful freestone river and it is one of the most serene rivers I’ve ever fished. Once you fish it, you’re hooked (pun intended!). We will be targeting browns, rainbows and wild brook trout with the occasional but rare tiger trout. The EB is also shallow at points. If you have lightweight breathable waders bring those. It can get hot down in the gorge and I personally like to wear water shoes and wade in the shallows with no waders at all on warmer afternoons and evenings.
The Deerfield River. My Front Yard! The Deerfield starts in Southern Vermont makes its way alongside the scenic Mowhawk Trail and finally ends meeting up with the Conneticut River in Deerfield Massachusetts. This river is perfect for half day trips on late afternoons and evenings during the summer. During the magic hour between 6:30 – 8:30pm browns, rainbows and brookies come to the surface to take a dry fly. This is a sizable river with large pools, riffles and runs that holds some big fish. You can throw sizable streamers for “Hogs” or match the evening hatch with a dry fly. With its stunning bends and wildlife, you won’t be disappointed.
Your Guide : Grant Figura
I am an artist, photographer and avid fly fisherman and I can’t wait to share my 17 years of experience on the water with you.
My father put a fishing pole in my hand before I could walk and I’ve been thanking him for it ever since. Brought up fly fishing in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State, I fell in love with sight fishing. I spent long evenings fishing for trout, bass and northern pike as a boy. My obsession with fly fishing continued during my time in undergrad at Alfred University. I would steal away to the Genesee River every chance I got, catching huge brown trout on streamers and dry flies. From there I headed south and spent two years in the Blue Ridge Mountains catching native brook trout, rainbows and browns in rivers and streams scattered along the countryside. Today I am happily catching fish on the beautiful rivers here in Western Massachusetts. The remote stretches of the Deerfield and Westfield teach me something new every time I head out and hold some phenomenal trout.
What to Bring
A Massachusetts freshwater fishing license is required, your own waders (inexpensive hip boots usually work), polarized sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, bug spray – you know the drill. As I said before, I will provide lunch for full day trips only. Cold cut sandwiches, chips with some refreshments. Let me know if you have any dietary restrictions.
Mostly all the fish that I catch on the Westfield and Deerfield are caught on streamers, buggers and big fluffy dries. I tend to get bored quickly with nymphing, its really not my thing. So if you prefer nymphing I may not be the guide for you, but I would happy to steer you in the right direction.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ill put you on the fish!