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
These flies work, and these rivers produce. Links are below. Note that these are all amply-stocked waters that many already visit and about which much information already has been published. I’ve found that many rivers are sub-par. I track in my fishing journal what fly patterns work on which waters. So, the links below are