Full Day Walk & Wade Guided Trips
We no longer guide out of the shop, but we would be happy to help you set up a trip with local guides.
Here is a selection of rivers that guides are often available for:
Swift River: This crystal-clear tailwater fishery may be the most consistent river in the state. Being that the most productive stretch of this river originates from the base of the Windsor Dam at the Quabbin Reservoir, the water stays cold even throughout the summer months when other rivers are too warm to fish. Stocked heavily throughout the year, there are always trout in the river and, although they can be selective, if you are able to adjust your technique for the situation at hand… you can catch fish year round.
Millers River: This picturesque river has many personalities depending on where you access it; from fast flowing pocket water to long slow glides, the Millers has something for everybody. Brown trout abound in this freestone but you are just as likely to hook into a rainbow, brook trout, or smallmouth bass depending on where you are and what time of year you are on the river. Wading can be difficult in many stretches and downright dangerous in others. Our guides will take the guesswork out of the how/when/where to fish the Millers.
Westfield River: You’d be hard pressed to find a more beautiful trout stream this side of the Mississippi. Pocket water, runs, riffles, deeper holes…you name it, the Westfield has it. The remote nature of this river adds to its charm and with less fishing pressure comes the prospect of spectacular fishing. This is a special river and the trout seem to know it. The hatches can be prolific but the trout are also educated. This is one of those off-the-beaten-path gems that is just far enough out of the way to keep the crowds at bay but those so inclined to make the effort might just end up having their best fishing day of the year. Fooling these trout takes a good eye for holding water and attention to detail in your fly selection…hook up with one of our guides for the day and learn the ins and outs of this local treasure.
Farmington River: The argument has been going on for years as to which is the best trout fishery in the area but one thing is consistent…The Farmington is always in the conversation. Loaded with fish from top to bottom (some of them enormous!), this river is the favorite of many a local angler. Great hatches and easy access make this a no brainer. Knowing where to be and when is the key to success here though. It’s just as easy to get shutout on the Farmington as it is to land 30 fish if you don’t know the river, so hooking up with a guide to show you the ropes is almost a must.
Squannacook & Nissittissitt Rivers: We group these two great rivers in together because of their close proximity and shared personalities. Both rivers are on the smaller side and well shaded in most spots. Fishing on these two gems brings you back to what trout fishing was like 100 years ago. Snaking through wooded areas with plenty of cover and even more food sources, these rivers don’t give up their quarry easily. Likely holding spots may be loaded with aggressive trout one day and devoid of fish the next. Fishing pressure is lighter on these rivers than on some of the other rivers we have mentioned and getting to those out of the way spots often times can be the key. After fishing these two beauties for decades… our guide staff know every pebble in these rivers and can greatly increase your chances of having a day you’ll never forget.
Call us today at 978-318-0330 with any questions.