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Western Mass Continues to Fish Well
June 21, 2004
by Walt Geryk

Late Spring Trout fishing was great and now early summer is here. We do need some rain, especially for the Westfield Rivers. Stealth is important, in these lower water conditions, which goes hand in hand with presentation for both dries and nymphs. Long leaders and 5-7X f.c. tippets are a must with all water ways being gin clear and low. Continued success on the Westfield, in my opinion, is mostly on terrestrials riding high on the water with absolutely no drag allowed in pools and slower runs. In the faster runs and white water, your presentations are still critical, but you can get away with less perfection. Stimulators, bugmeisters, and beetles are flies to have on hand for the surface. Work these flies hard on top and you should be rewarded with razing some heathy and nice bows and browns as we have been. No success on top, then try some brown halfback nymphs drifting around rocks and boulders or tan all purpose the same way. Fish are spread through out the river in smaller numbers and are very spooky. The Deerfield is a little different in the lower sections and mid-sections. Not much dry fly activity and the little we find is happening early evening with light cahills and tan caddis serving up some nice bows. Most other areas and times are fishing well with tan all purposes, hare's ears and caddis pupas. Try these with a larger nymph first and a pupa or wet as a dropper, about 16" or so. Be sure to fish that 12-18" deep faster water that you'd normally walk through to get to a deeper run or pool because these rainbows are searching out the most oxygenated water and easy food runs. Again, fish from close to far and cover all the water.

Still dates available for Western Mass. trout fishing to go along with the fair number of fish spread through the area. Just a short ninety minute drive from Boston will put you in solitude and blue ribbon trout waters with scenery equal to some of the fabled trout rivers of the mid-west.

New York's Fall Salmon Run is just 3 months away. Reserve your guided days and lodging soon so you won't miss out what should be an outstanding season!

Planning a trip of a lifetime, then give me a call at to reserve your dates early, as the 2004 season is here. It's best to reserve your time with me first, then I'll assist you in lodging reservations..

Preserve Your Trophy

Carry a camera and a cloth measuring tape then use the formula, which is fairly accurate, if you'd like to have the weight, (length X girth X girth / 800 = lb.) and this should give all the info needed for bragging rights without over stressing the fish. Once you land that trophy fish of a lifetime, it's your choice to kill and have mounted and no one should condemn you for your decision to do so. You can also send a good photo and measurements to a professional taxidermist where they can make a reproduction of the fish that you released.

Planning on releasing a fish, then handle it as little as possible and return into the water ASAP! When releasing the fish be sure to be facing it upstream in slower moving water, this may require some moving of the fish slowly forwards and back to help the flow of water through its gills, take your time for proper revival, which can take up to 8-10 minutes. You'll know when the fish is ready as it will have good balance and will start on it's own to pull away from your hands.

For more information on this fishery, give me a call and I'll be more than happy to answer all your questions.
Good luck and have fun.

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Walt Geryk
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