With the winter snows melting, here is the upshot: fish smaller streams.
He predicts the large snow pack will blow out our watersheds, but that the feeder streams will settle down faster.
Moreover, I emailed with a contact at Massachusetts DFW regarding trout stocking. Unsurprisingly, they’re expecting a delay, but they’re not sure how much. They need the river roads to be traversable before they can roll their trucks.
I don’t think we can do much about the latter, but there’s a lot we can do about the former: find streams.
Here’s where technology is our friend. If you click here, you’ll get to a map, on which there’s a data overlay of water bodies that DFW defines as “Coldwater Fish Resources” (their explanation here). And, if you want to see the full list, which you can sort alphabetically, click here.
So, I’ll be looking for feeder streams into the main rivers and will be targeting those. After much internal debate, I decided to buy a 1-wt. rod and am eager to try it out.
But, I know myself too well. It would be really hard not to sneak a peek at some of my favorite rivers, too. I mean, here’s a pic of the Westfield River. My mouth just drools when I see it.