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Default Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

Has anyone fished the Blackstone or West Rivers in southeast Massachusetts? These would be in towns of Blackstone, Milville and Uxbridge. Your experience and recommendations.
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Default Re: Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

Am interested in this too. Thought I would do a little thread necromancy rather than start a new thread.

Yesterday I spent several hours Near the Stanly Wool Mill. Was was cold enough, moving well enough, ...

Didn't see a fish. For that matter I didn't see any bugs or even evidence of bug.
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I don't think that the Blackstone is stocked....

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Default Re: Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

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Thanks for the list. Have been spending hours with google maps and the like. Things are not looking so good. Looks like canoe / boat and still water fishing for me if I cant get away.
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Default Re: Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

May not be stocked, but it doesn't look bad and it is COLD.

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Banks aren't really undercut and there is very little in the bed for current breaks. Few sweepers down stream with good seams, but nobody was home. Didn't see a fish nor even signs of a bug. That area does look like it gets "swept through" pretty well this High fast water judeing from the backs a bit farther down.
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Default Re: Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

I'm familiar with the area and drive through there often, in the past 15 years I can't say I ahve ever seen anyone fishing any part of those.

On the outside it looks nice....but if it isn't stocked in that area, I don't hold up hope for many natives. I would have thought there might be possibly a brookie or two in there. I wouldn't be surprised if it was polluted back in the day......who knows....
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I wouldn't be surprised if it was polluted back in the day......who knows....
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The Blackstone is quite literally the original industrial river in the US and was once declared "the most polluted river in the country with respect to toxic sediments."
Event today it's considered just a Class C river, suitable only for "secondary contact" activities like boating
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The Blackstone is quite literally the original industrial river in the US and was once declared "the most polluted river in the country with respect to toxic sediments."
Event today it's considered just a Class C river, suitable only for "secondary contact" activities like boating
I guess my sarcasm didn't come through.....

The good news is that any fish left in there.....the one brookei or two, would be partially cooked as is....

Add the flood from the mid 2000's into the mix of industrial history and we can just call it "superfund river".....

That bing said I shot a few ducks off the west river....always from a boat.... :-)
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Default Re: Fly fishing Blackstone River - Massachusetts.

I pretty much assumed it was just a tad bit other than pristine. That doesn't bother me. Have learned to fish them - just a couple of habits to pick up.

One of my favorite rivers was actually in the top 10 when the super-fund thing was started. It was also the first one taken off as not "fixable". Conclusion was that dredging the river to the atlantic was the only option. The result is they are letting the PVC/PBC/PCV (? The black goop in transformers) settle into the mud. River holds one of the highest densities of wild browns in New England. Funny little paradox.
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