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Massachusetts is as rich in fly fishing history as it is in fly fishing opportunities. Trout fanatics take to the inland streams for some of New England?s best brown, rainbow, and brook trout fishing, while big-game seekers head to the coast in search of their favorite Atlantic saltwater species including the ever-popular striped bass.
Western Massachusetts holds some trout fishing gems such as the Deerfield River and the Swift River. The Deerfield River is a larger tailwater, with cold, clear water that provides year-round fishing for both stocked and wild browns and rainbows. The Swift River flows through beautiful wilderness and provides excellent fishing for wild brook trout as well as runs of landlocked Atlantic salmon coming up river from Quabbin Reservoir. Central Massachusetts has several excellent trout streams of note including the Squannacock River and the Nissitisset River ? the state?s first fly-fishing-only, catch and release area. Eastern Massachusetts is home to the Merrimack River and its many tributaries, all of which provide phenomenal fishing for rainbows, browns, and brookies, as well as true sea-run Atlantic salmon, some reaching upwards of 20 pounds.
Beyond the many trout fishing opportunities throughout Massachusetts, quality saltwater fly fishing exists all along the Atlantic coastline, from Gloucester Harbor in the north, through Massachusetts Bay and Boston Harbor, all around Cape Cod, and down through the Nantucket Sound. Striped bass are perhaps the most popular species to chase with a fly rod, but bluefish, sea bass, Spanish mackerel, and flounder are available for the catching.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Massachusetts
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of