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fishma0482 12-04-2012 05:07 PM

Western MA
I live in Wilbraham, MA and am new to the sport of fly fishing. I know of the swift river, but where else is good to fish? I don't know of any spots since I am used to pond and lake fishing for bass. Please Help? I need to get out there soon!

Ard 12-04-2012 06:18 PM

Re: Western MA

Welcome to the forum, one of the things you'll learn about fly fishing is that few knowledgeable types will simply tell someone they don't know the best place they know of to fish :D beyond that we never write it on the net...........

So, you might as well start joining in the conversations that are going on in the threads and let the other Mass. members know you're around, then I'll bet you'll get some tips. There are many fishing guides (books) available and if I were new to your state I'd snatch one up for a starter.

Welcome to the group,


Eddie O'Neill 12-04-2012 07:06 PM

Re: Western MA
Welcome to the forum. Trout Unlimited publishes a great little book called "Guide to Trout Fishing In Massachusetts" A lot of local knowledge in the book, well worth a read.

Rip Tide 12-05-2012 10:56 AM

Re: Western MA
The Deerfield is probably the top trout stream in Mass.
Fly Fishing the Deerfield River in Massachusetts
I've mostly fished the upper river in VT, but I've spent some time on the river below Fife Brook as well.
I once looked into buying a B&B in Monroe Bridge ($25K) and I didn't pull the trigger... what was I thinking :(

On the drive there, you're going to pass parallel to the Millers River.... fishes well in the spring

The other major river that I'm familiar with is the Westfield and it's 3 branches make for many miles of trout water
Fly Fishing the Westfield River in Massachusetts

biggie_robs 12-05-2012 09:00 PM

Re: Western MA
This is a very helpful book for the Masssachusetts trout angler:

dharkin 12-06-2012 08:30 AM

Re: Western MA
Welcome to the forum. The TU book is excellent! I would try the West branch of the Westfield river. The TU book mentions a few locations as well as suggested patterns. That would be my suggestion. By the way, you should read all the regulations as they differ from one branch/location to the other.

Take care,

ctsteelhtr 01-01-2013 09:08 AM

Re: Western MA
you have a very good resource very close. The western Mass fly fisherman meet at the Chicopee elks club 3rd Monday of the month. Great group of guys and very freindly.
don't over look some other rivers close to you yes the Deerfield maybe the best river in Mass but will also be crowde at times and you will have to time it just right for the releases from the dam. there are a few good smaller river fairly close to you. Quabog just west of you is good early year as is the Chicopee also a little farther west the Quinebaug near sturbridge can be good at times. If you don't mind paying out of state license fee there a lot of good waters just over the line in Connecitcut.
my first trip would be to the WMFF they are good guys.


moucheur2003 01-20-2013 07:26 AM

Re: Western MA
You're getting good advice with all the better-known westsern Mass. rivers. Also, the Farmington in Connecticut is not far from you and is one of the better trout streams in the whole Northeast. The Farmington River Anglers' Association publishes a detailed pool-by-pool river guide that is available from them or the local fly shops. (Likewise for the Housatonic.)

For particular secret spots and favorite tribs, though, you will need to get face-to-face personal tips from old hands. The problem with posting specifics here is that most of these spots can't take a lot of fishing pressure, and once something is up on the internet, it is there for the whole world to see forever.

Nearenuf 01-24-2013 11:15 PM

Re: Western MA
I just returned to this forum after being AWOL for a few years. What a terrific resource. I always like going out with a Guide the first time I am on a river. If you have the resources, consider going on a float trip with the Harrison Brothers on the Deerfield. Great guys and terrific guides.

Tight lines.

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