01-07-2010, 08:31 PM
Re: Finding new areas to fish
Since you're in MA, by "new" you probably mean new to you-- as opposed to wild and relatively undiscovered--- unless you're interested in doing some backpacking and bushwhacking.
The best way if you're new to fly fishing is to join a club like a local TU Chapter. They often have group trips to local waters as well as long weekend type trips to water further away. It's a good way to hit some new places, as well as get some informal coaching from more experienced folks.
Your state's (and nearby NE states and NY) Fish and Game websites have tons of info -- look for information like 'places to fish", stocking reports, streams with Catch and Release areas, wild trout management areas, public fishing access, listings of lakes with contour maps or "types of fish present", and the regulations section. Named bodies of water in the regs might be worth checking out if there are special regs for them.
The state fly fishing guides are great, and google is you friend-- if you google "whatever state" and "hatch charts" for example
Google earth, Topo Maps and Delorme state/county street maps can also help you scope out new areas. Take a look at some of the better known streams and see if you can identify tributaries that might be worth checking out.
Also make it a point to check out new areas of places you fish now--- further up/down stream, up tributaries etc.
I wouldn't just drive around hoping to find some new water---- but it couldn't hurt to always have a rod and some gear tucked away in the car/truck in case you find some by accident...