I am a beginner to fly fishing, and though I joined this forum only a year ago, I've learned so much from everyone here. I haven't seen any posts about fishing in Massachusetts though.
Does anyone here fish in Massachusetts and have any suggestions about rivers? I would like to avoid those slow, warm, rivers that are characteristic of MA.
I was thinking about the Squannacook, Nissitissit, or Stillwater Rivers, has anyone fished at these rivers? Are they the fast flowing riffle/run kind of streams?
Thanks a lot for all the advice everyone. Its truly been invaluable
I too am new to fresh-water fly fishing. Most of my fishing has been confined to the ponds and lakes of Eastern MA. Not as sexy as trout fishing, but lots of fun.
As for rivers, I understand the Westfiled is great with the best stretch being Rte 9 Cummington and into the Pork Barrell and to rte143, Rte 20 above and below BG Sports. If It doesn't rain this Sunday, I'll be out that way and plan to give it a try.
The other one is the river at Quabbin reservoir, on Ware Rd. / Rt 9.
If you got waders, and you want to fish for Pickerel, Bass and pan fish, there is Morses Pond behind my house, or Lake Cochituate (which I have not fished yet) for Pike, Bass Salmon and about anything else.
Been fresh water fly fishing for a little over a month.
BTW, Quabbin is about an hour or so west. Just west of Ware MA. It's the Swift River.
One of the things you might want to do is to check out Trout Unlimited to see if there are any chapters near you. Most TU Chapters are welcoming to new folks and have casting clinics, tying classes, group trips to local waters etc as well as informative monthly meetings and rock rolling/on-stream conservation projects. Many members also chase other fish besides trout including salt water stuff. Here’s a search page to look for TU Chapters near you. Council/Chapter Contacts | Trout Unlimited - Conserving coldwater fisheries
There are pond maps showing access, a listing of waters stocked with trout, stocking schedules etc. Note that many waters in Massachusetts can’t support trout year round because summer water temps get too high. But the Swift, Deerfield, Millers, Housatonic, and Westfield Rivers are some of the better known “classic” trout streams in MA.
And if you look in the “other people who bought this bought…..” there are links to other books of interest you might want to check out:
The Guide to Northern New England (NH, VT and ME) by David Klausmeyer and
Hatch Guide for New England Streams by Thomas Ames (I highly recommend it)
As a kid I lived in MA in the 60’s and used to terrorize the local fish around Newton, including the bass and trout in Lake Cochituate (Natick) trout in Walden Pond (Concord) and the bass, crappies bluegill and carp in the Charles River (Needham), and would fish out in Western MA for trout when I could get a ride and for the Spring run of American Shad in coastal streams (Palmer River etc), And of course took full advantage of any family vacations to other states.
And don’t overlook the salt for stripers and blues if you’re anywhere near the coast, but remember that this year you need a “MA Marine Fishing license" in addition to your MA freshwater fishing license.