This access is approximately 5.3 miles downstream from the MDC Merrill Horse Access and 18.3 miles upstream of the Jefferson County Morse Mill Access. That is Mass Access site 188 (Mass. How about a three hour on-stream, one-on-one session (or 2 on 1) where you get to know the appropriate equipment and how to use it, some stream entomology (bug science), casting and fly selection. I began my ride on the southern end of the trail, mainly because I knew there was ample off-street parking at that end (I drive by it every day to work). Someone commented on this blog that spawning fish don't eat. Would you like to provide additional feedback to help improve Mass.gov? With over 35 pages and over 20 photos it's the only. Here's the truth - by mid season both bags are a total mess. What gauges are included in the Stream Flow graph? Full days, half days, beginner sessions are all available. (down to 26 or so) There is a tiny box of ants and that's it for terrestrials. See you on the bank soon! Swift River at Ware, MA. The rivers have been blown out for the season EXCEPT for the Swift and it has been fishing well. A section of the Ware River in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Now, I don't fish the super popular spots much (last week was only my 2nd trip above RT 9 since mid May) and that may be the reason I'm seeing and catching more bows. The Ware River RT was a combination of both local and long enough to get a feel for Rail Trailing. For absolute beginners I will introduce you to conventional fly fishing AND the Tenkara method. It warms you up. Ware River Reservoir 0.3 miles. It warms you up. The East Branch of the Westfield River, known locally as the "EB", is a mecca for Fall fly fishing. This is a 106-acre impoundment on the Chicopee River in Ludlow with access located near the dam off Poole Street. Date of experience: December 2019. It's not to mean that you can't find the BT's roaming around the spawning beds right now but it is safe to say that the dance is over for the season. The satellite is very useful for all sorts of detailed planning. Take out in Gilbertville and see where the river goes under Rt 32. Angling and fisheries. The Route 9 bridge also marks the beginning of the C&R section. Access to the river is off Route 2 (the Mohawk Trail) and Zoar River Road. Ware River Consulting is a Native American Woman Owned Small Business that specializes in Human Resources & Staffing, Administrative Management Support Services, and Technical Support Services for Commercial, State, and Federal Contracts. (Note: please don't try to make a case for liquids or gooey  gel. Full day (6 hours) is $200 for 0ne, $250 for two, Lunch included. I've found that when I see a fish refuse a fly its more than likely fly choice or micro-drag and not tippet size...Yellowstone Bound September 22, 2016, I barely ever use 7x...maybe on a few super tiny flies but I only buy a spool every year to keep it fresh not because its gone. Below the waterfall at Bondsville and until the Ware, the Swift River is productive water. If you think you need 7x, 8x or smaller to catch trout on the Swift you are mistaken unless you are fishing on the surface. Located in Central Massachusetts between the Quabbin Reservoir and the Wachusett Reservoir, the Ware River watershed is the land and water which drain to the MWRA diversion facility on the Ware River in Barre. One online comment said that you don't want to use this stuff in a Montana wind!! Both bags have a tiny container of micro shot. So why ruin it by stomping through it? This winter I'll carry no bag, carry only one fly box, one spool of tippet, one extra leader and that little container of shot. Dry Fly Fishing is the supreme thrill of fly fishing. Just email me at:ken.elmer9@gmail.com to get your date secured. Trout love mayflies because they're loaded with protein and easy to catch. Helpful. Use the same flies with a Leisenring Lift to mimic that behavior. The remote nature of this river adds to its charm and with less fishing pressure comes the prospect of spectacular fishing. Read more. The light is useful for planning routes to fishing access points. So yes, I agree and can attest to this working. body - olive colored Coats & Clark thread for the rear Start half way through the hook bend and advance forward. You should know how by now. Scroll UP and click the FLY PAGE for my selection of tailwater and freestone flies. If the fly is sunken and not being dragged through the water you are doing it right. It gets no respect! Like and Share. Ware River Fishing Access is a fishing access on Ware River and Ware River Reservoir in Massachusetts. This form only gathers feedback about the website. - John Gierach. The river is also ideal because of its high elevation and many cold-water feeder creeks coming off the mountains. There are many dry fly floatants out there and the best of them all include Silica Gel and/or Fumed Silica. This idea caught on and was pretty much universally accepted EXCEPT for the great Bob Wyatt, the author of, It's the first week of May on either the Millers or the Ware. John Gierach. You have heard of it. Washout off Granger Road. I've used this fly for about the better part of 20 years and it was developed for the Fall and Winter. The great Gary LaFontaine floated the idea that caddis create (or store) gasses under their shucks to rise quickly to the surface. Natural Atlas is powered by contributors like you. The price is $90.00 for three hours for one person, $150 for two. Why is the River Walk in Ware closed between Amwell End and the Library Car Park.When will this Lovely stretch of River be open again to the Public ? "I've fished a lot of places and met a lot of people, but there are only a handful of streams that I know inside and out and an equally small number of people whom I consider to be close friends. Put in is where the river goes under Hardwick Road. Another surprise was the number of big, BIG browns that charged upstream this late October. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and are avoiding crowds. The mobile device App is recommended for use in the field. I fish flies that imitate insects and not costume jewelry and insects are less concentrated in the winter. It is as generic as you get with just the right amount  of mascara to make it a bit different. River Walk In Ware. Time to book your Spring trip on the Millers, Swift and the EB! I also mentioned that I got nothing for this endorsement. I really can't say that I believe it because the river appears to be bursting with them. WHAT FLY FISHERS READ!! Well, they did not rise to the surface like a mayfly does but crawled on the stream bottom to the shore where it hatched and then hit the bushes. Let's spend three hours working the basics: fly selection and presentation on either a freestone or The Swift. Followers 2. The Swift is not the best  brookie river in central New England because we stock the hell out of it or even because we practice catch and release. This is an original site with original content and it will remain so. I have three tackle bags that I use during the year. River Rib 6th December The river has produced some nice Chub on the float or freelining tactics. Do not include sensitive information, such as Social Security or bank account numbers. And don't think you are making a difference by dabbing fumed silica on CERTAIN AREAS OF THE FLY and not other parts to aid in presentation. Try a day trip fishing or go for the elusive golden trout on an epic backcountry trip. Those are the reasons I'm found on the Swift, usually above Route 9 with its moderate tailwater environment. It's a great way to fly fish small streams EVERYWHERE including the Swift. It's because of the environment that the Swift has what the brookies find perfect for spawning. I used it and it worked. But remember, it's not how many fish that you catch but, The great fly fishing writer, Bob Wyatt, is a hero of mine. Pinheads and Swift Serendipities in sizes 20 and 24 have been doing well in the skinny water sections above and below Rt 9. First, let's get rid of a certain myth. ... , and respect all signs indicating private property or restricting access. It cost me $15 and it is a 100 year supply. Don't miss it. This is a perfect class for late afternoons and evenings during the summer. The WB and the MB are close enough to fish one in the morning and the other in the afternoon!! In addition to river access at Grenville Park, the state boating and fishing access Web site has two maps that show small boat access areas on the Ware. A big difference!!! Fishing Licenses Non-Resident Annual- $102 Non-Resident Daily […] Ware River Reservoir 0.1 miles. I don't seem to do well with caddis dries in slow moving water. The EB and the Swift have been excellent with fish spread out everywhere and most of the water being underfished and that's even the Swift. An inexpensive 3 hour course will let you know if you are hooked. Silica Gel is not a gel per say, but a rock like substance that is used to absorb moisture. A signature section of the river stretches from River Junction Fishing Access Site to Clearwater Crossing near Ovando. The gel by itself works very well but if you want to add some fumed silica to the mix that's all the better. Time for a refresher course! The drab, earthy Trichoptera  cannot compete with the colorful Ephemeroptera for sheer majesty, but when it comes to satisfying the appetites of hungry trout it is the caddis that bears most of the load". Tenkara gets you on the stream with minimal expense and it is a great way for couples to share many hours on the stream with skills that are easily picked up with a few hours of instruction. There are 12 miles of Public Fishing Rights (PFR’s) along the river. We had a great Spring season on this river last year. There are two ways to access this map: one is an online program that is accessible from your desktop computer or mobile device’s web browser; the other is through an App you can download directly to your mobile device and use in the field. I've spent over 30 seasons on this river and have gained a lot of knowledge on how this river works. Walk on the weeds or on leaf litter or on sandy bottoms. Call 800-632- 8075 to report any violations especially poaching on the Swift. Ware River, Massachusetts fishing report, rainbow trout fly fishing forecast, fishing season updates, fly shop and fishing guides, and fly-fishing weather. If you think that this is all too much to deal with then forget about the essence of this pastime (fooling trout with imitation insects) and just keep tossing your rainbow warriors, chartreuse mops and the rest of the junk flies. Keep it simple!!! Route 9 crosses over the Swift, and there is a good-sized parking lot there, too. Now, some of you actually like winter flyfishing and may actually prefer it over a Hendrickson hatch on a balmy April afternoon or a dense caddis hatch on a June evening or those beautiful BWO on a damp, cool September morning. Well, they eat possum nymphs as well as soft hackles (among other things). It's all included in, !! Most floatants are either ALL gel or a combination of gel and fumed powder. Dates have been booking up and the pace will speed up as the leaves come out. Ken Elmer: ken.elmer9@gmail.com or 978-790-4320, Back again because you wanted it! Great Autumn scenery and lots of willing trout. The hatches can be prolific but the trout are also educated. Roach and Perch are also showing to float methods. I think you will be hooked. Here is my assessment for this Fall: the brook trout count seemed to be the same as last year but the fish seemed bigger. "It was big for a mayfly-almost an inch from nose to tail-with a smokey olive body, tall grey wings, head and tail elevated in an oddly regal posture as if the bug was proud of itself for being so handsome. As I've been saying for years -. Thank Ken for his great blog. The river winds for 130 miles from the Continental Divide to meet the Clark Fork River near Missoula. - Our premier tailwater offers year round angling and a resident brook trout population that regularly exceeds 15 inches. Ware River is a stream located just 6.9 miles from Gloucester Courthouse, in Gloucester County, in the state of Virginia, United States, near Point Lookout, VA. Alternate names for this stream include Weir River. It hauls the usual assortment of  dry flies in the size 14 to 20 range and a few in the 22 to 24 range just in case. Click here to directly access the on-line Quabbin Reservoir Public Access Road and Trail Interactive Map. THE RIVER First, if you have never been to the Swift, it is important to have a basic understanding of the river’s geography. During warm weather and holiday weekends, when boat traffic is brisk and noisy, give this place a pass. Leaders are 5x and 6x. This won’t be the case with your guide.". The Pinhead LOOKS like a midge style insect and 20 to 24 works just fine. I still don't! "Your guide is excellent. jar of Silica gel purchased at Michael's Crafts. 1 Helpful vote. The specificity of your descriptions is what sets it apart from other guides for me. The flows are perfect and the air temperature is in the 60's. No self respecting trout will refuse a well placed appropriate dry fly but most of my dry fly fishing with a caddis pattern is done in fast, choppy water. It was a good brook trout season on the Swift. Also consider that we seem to fish these flies as if they were a species of Mayfly which they are not. We had our little introduction to winter over the last two days but this weekend will be mild and dry. Now, this fly lays it's eggs by diving to the stream bottom and attaching the eggs to stones. My top fly this Autumn, outside of the trusted Partridge and Orange, has been the Possum Nymph and why not. Maintained by Game and Inland Fisheries. If any of the above describes you then read no further. You've always wanted to try this sport but the idea of taking a two day class with a steep price to find out if you REALLY liked fly fishing just didn't seem smart. The product to the left is a 5 lb. Peaceful and tame would be my first two words to describe my trip. What a nice experience! Guided Fly Fishing On The Millers, Swift, Middle, West and East Branches Of the Westfield River and the Ware, North and Mill rivers. Just tie up some rainbow warriors and try to piss off some trout and know full well that fly fishing centers on BUGS and not what attractor fly we toss. You supply your waders (inexpensive hip boots usually work) and your fishing license and I supply the rest. The Division of Water Supply Protection has developed an interactive map with detailed information about public access roads and trails around the Quabbin Reservoir. Get Real! and my offerings (mostly) are soft hackles in the 18 to 20 range and my favorite materials are olive or black thread or floss and starling hackles. Ware House Boat Landing provides boat access to the Ware River not far from its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay. In fact, I may abandon the time honored Comparadun for Wyatts DHE  Emerger! The wing will keep the front above the surface just like a natural insect. Fish the edges of the river when you see caddis buzzing around the bushes. Ware River Diversion Dam - Route 122. Try these rivers in 2020 which will give you additional arrows in your quiver when comes to knowing where to go. Or maybe you've been fly fishing for a while but feel you're in a slump and are doing something wrong. The Brigham Pond Dam, forming a pond of the same name, first impounds the West Branch of the Ware River in Westminster. What's going on? Tweet Share Email. I would suggest a tiny micro shot about 10 inches above the fly and just bounce it up and across the stream. As I've been saying for years - spread out - and you will have a different experience. I carry spools of 7x and 8x which I hardly ever use. Fishermen love them because they're pretty in an overbuilt, Victorian way, and we like the big ones because they're so easy to see on the water." Your feedback will not receive a response. I tweaked my Swift Serendipity from a red body/thorax to an olive body/thorax. Let's look at their behavior and techniques needed to imitate them. Contact me at ken.elmer9@gmail.com or at 978-790-4320. I've heard a lot of talk over the last two seasons on how the Swift rainbows like to pull a disappearing act after stocking. It has been a very good Autumn on the fishing front and it should be after the drought stricken summer that we had. Ware River Fishing Reports Recently shared catches and fishing spots YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR MA. If you know the place and/or have some photos to share, we'd love your help! Just bring your Ma. I really hate that stuff!!) One product doesn't add Silica Gel and is just the fumed silica and it is, in my opinion, a mess. How much do you agree with the following statements in the scale of 1, Strongly Disagree, to 5, Strongly Agree? 9 and below the Hatchery Pipe . Winter on the Swift is REALLY the time for small flies and I've got to fill some holes in my fly boxes. All flies, rods, reels lines can be included at N/C. Yes, it's a broken record but walk on the moss and leaf litter or you will crush the eggs. We want you around for Christmas. The lesson to be learned from the two comments by guys who know what they're doing is that presentation is KING. Three or four miles of flatwater later the rapids start above Gilbertville. Email me and we will set up a date and catch some trout. No trailer access to the water. YOUR BEST SOURCE FOR MA. 1. The "Dark Season" starts when we turn the clocks back which brings the curtain down on Evening Fishing (my favorite) with a thud!! I used to use 6x and 7x on the Swift exclusively but realize after many years that I was probably casting from the wrong spot more often than not. I supply the Tenkara rods, lines and the flies. Gel rocks are added to the fumed silica to actually move this substance around when you shake the container to cover the fly and remove moisture. However, during more tranquil periods, quiet paddling can produce close looks at herons, egrets, and migratory shorebirds. It was almost 15 seasons ago when I found myself on Christmas Eve morning (7am) at the Y Pool. The Ware River is a 35.4-mile-long (57.0 km) river in central Massachusetts. West Warren Mill Pond Dam 3.3 miles. DCR, Ware River Watershed and Barre Falls access revisited Sign in to follow this . Contact me at ken.elmer9@gmail.com or at 978-790-4320. I don't use elk on this pattern. WHAT FLY FISHERS READ! My soft hackles include some 14's but are heavy on the 16's and 18's. As lean and efficient as I aspire to be as a fisherman I'm often short on the flies that I use and well stocked on the ones I don't (come to think of it why am I carrying flies that I don't use?) Tippet size? This blog is into it's 14th year of giving you the up-to-date skinny on Central Massachusetts trout fishing and has inadvertently spawned several generations of imitations, knock-offs and impostors who have either sunk without a trace or hang on with an endless loop of borrowed content. $90.00 for 3 hours, fly fishing and guiding on the Swift River, Fly fishing and guiding on the Ware River, fly fishing and guiding on the Millers River, Some Winter Flies And Fishing Through The " Dark Season". Have a Happy Thanksgiving and stay safe!! The author of. Most of the Ware River Watershed Committee (WRWC) was confounded by this. The Salmon River is a world class sport fishery for Chinook and coho salmon, Atlantic salmon, steelhead (rainbow trout),and brown trout. Smallmouth bass are also found in the river. The heaviest part of this fly is at the hook bend which will make the hook bend drop below the surface. I have written about. But remember, it's not how many fish that you catch but how you catch them.". Trout don't spawn in those areas. "If  the Mayflies are the aristocracy of the fly-fishers insects, then the Caddisflies are the working class. There are many public access points, like the ones we used at Valle Crucis Community Park and the Watauga River Gorge Access area. One is my Freestone Bag for the Millers, the EB, the WB and the Ware. This is already etched in stone. All the Holiday obligations were done so why not. With just that I should be able to handle anything that the Swift throws at me and It will be a good test of my organizational skills for the upcoming season. Back then you could only buy it online but now everyone from CVS to Wal Mart carries it. I won't mention the products name but just say that it could be called Amphibians Ass. You hit the nail on the head Ken..to all readers here there is a lot of great information randomly dispersed throughout Kens blog...well worth the time to go through it-you will be a better angler. The Ware River flows southwest through the middle of the state, joins the Quaboag River at Three Rivers, Massachusetts, to form the Chicopee River on its way to the Connecticut River. Do I give up winter flyfishing? With regard to small flies on larger tippet, I've fished size 22 zebra midges on 3X tippet on the Canyon section of the Henry's Fork and have caught many large and well educated trout. If you think that this is all too much to deal with then forget about the essence of this pastime (fooling trout with imitation insects) and just keep tossing your rainbow warriors, chartreuse mops and the rest of the junk flies. Yes, the flies are small so you need small offerings. Even little brook trout can make a day, especially when it's your first trout on a fly!!!! The current portfolio of angling venues includes 27 Gravel Pits and 17 stretches of River/Flood Channel that facilitate coarse angling comprising of 29 different venues of which 15 are directly managed by the Fisheries department, 13 are licensed to Angling Clubs, Societies and Consortia and one which is jointly managed. Barre Falls Dam. If you are interested in working some small winter flies then. The Watauga River is one of the best waterways to target for trout in North Carolina. Now, just because the number of adult brook trout have dwindled post spawn doesn't mean you can wade where you want. Please see the Instructions for Using the Quabbin Reservoir Public Access Road and Trail Interactive Map for information about the mobile app. My second bag is my tailwater bag (as in the Swift or the Farmie). 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