The heat and lack of wind in Massachusetts the other week were absolutely stifling. Just getting back from the Scottish Highlands, the abrupt shift in weather was draining. But, then, recent rains provided a much needed relief for me and, more importantly, the rivers. I had driven around looking for a river to cast in
On Memorial Day, I fished the Westfield River’s East Branch at the Chesterfield Gorge area (our overview here). I’ve not been in a while, and it was as scenic as always. There’s no cell phone service down there, and it is a wild and bucolic area, where anglers can give each other plenty of room.
The stocking trucks in Massachusetts and Connecticut have been rolling (updates, respectively, here and here). The trout season in New Hampshire ends October 15. So, prepare to fish! As of yesterday, the Deerfield, Farmington, Nissitissit, Squannacook, Swift and Westfield have been stocked. The Millers, Quinapoxet and Willimantic (among many others) are on deck for when
On Saturday, in spite of the cold, I decided to go to a freestone: the Westfield East Branch (our river guide here). It’s not a river that was stocked in the fall, and a regular angler there said that the stocking was meager in the spring. But, I wanted to see it before the snows