I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Neponset River Watershed Association and Greater Boston Trout Unlimited.
It is an interesting project to identify and learn more about wild trout streams in the Metropolitan Boston area in an effort to raise awareness for, and protect, these unique resources.
Wait, wild trout streams in the metro area? Exactly.
It’s pretty incredible that we have over a dozen cold-water streams within 20 miles of downtown Boston. Most are populated with wild, native Brook Trout. Some have naturally-reproducing Brown Trout.
What’s even more incredible is that these fish have been able to hold on even in the face of literally hundreds of years of human encroachment in the watersheds and riparian areas that are so critical to their well-being.
Several of these streams are quite prolific, with dense populations of trout and some surprisingly large fish in certain cases. Currently, for the most part, many of these metro streams are pretty limited as fisheries: private land, no trespassing signs, and lack of public parking.
Still, there are a few locations where an angler can access portions of these urban streams.
In all honesty, these streams are extremely important resources to protect regardless of their utility as recreational fisheries. However, it would be great to provide some sort of access.
What other city, especially with the population density of Boston, has wild trout streams one can conceivably fish without even leaving sight of the downtown skyline?