Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Westfield River
The three branches of the Westfield River are
designated "Wild and Scenic" federaly protected waters.
That says a lot to start with. There are over 40 miles of
trout fishing just in the branches. Two of the branches
are freestone streams with dams prior to reaching the
main part of the river. The other branch, the West
Branch, is a freestone all the way to the main stem.
All three branches have wild, reproducing populations of
brown and brook trout. They are clear and stay cool
throughout the year. The main river is stocked but has
plenty of big holdover trout.
The East Branch of the Westfield River is considered
the best fly fishing branch although all three are very
good ones. It's larger than the others and contains a
seven mile section of catch and release water. It starts
at the Chestfield Gorge, a deep gorge or canyon, and
ends at the Knightville Flood Control area. This
branche's headwaters run through state forest. This
area receives stocked trout in addition to the wild ones
and has plenty of holdovers.
The tailwater below Knightville dam is also a good place
to fish. There are over three miles of fishing in this
section of the stream. Although the area above the dam
in the catch and release section can get rather warm
during the summer, the section below the dam stays
cool and can be fished all year.
The Middle Branch has Littleville Reservoir which slows
down some of its water flow. It's more difficult t access
and therefore receives far less pressure than the other
branches. It has over twelve miles of Wild and Scenic
water and is stocked by the state just as heavily as the
other two branches. Its upper part looks more like a
picture perfect trout stream with riffles, runs and pools
and lots of pocket water.
The West Branch of the Westfield River flows free from
Becker to Huntington with almost fourteen miles of Wild
and Scenic water. It's clear, cold and always clean. The
water level falls in the Summer but the deep pools keep
trout in good shape.
U. S. Highway 20 runs along part of the main stem in
Westfield and follows the river upstream to Huntington..
The state owns property along the river to provide
access for anglers. There's eighteen miles of good
fishing upstream from Westfield. Access is also available
under the I-90 turnpike.
This entire section is a tailwater located below the
Knightville Dam in Hunington. It's stocked its entire
length and has some very large holdover rainbow and
brown trout. Fly fishing the Westfield River in this section
can produce some large trophy size trout.
Obtaining the discharge times and rates of flow is
important in planning your strategy for fly fishing the
Westfield River. The best thing about this entire river
system is the versatility. You can fish for native brook
trout in its small stream headwaters, or big holdover
brown and rainbow trout in the mainstream.
Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Westfield River Massachusetts
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 1-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.
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