Fish in a Barrel

A fishless fall was forecast for the forlorn East Branch of the Westfield River.  MassWildlife didn’t even list the Westfield among its destinations for this fall’s 63,000 trout. MassWildlife is obsessed with stocking every pond in the Bay State with trout, but parsimoniously puts them in rivers where they belong.  But this year, one could

At the Vise: The Frenchie 2.0

Before I started to target big-and-wild browns, as a new angler, I focused on the the rain-bros at the Swift, Westfield, Millers, and Squannacook. It was a lot of fun, and those waters aren’t too far away from metro Boston and offer obvious spots so that you don’t need a guide (our compendium of DIY