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: Fall on the Millers River

10-17-2006, 02:20 PM
I haven't read a lot about anyone fishing the Millers in N. central Ma. I've been fishing this river for 20 plus years and the last two months have been the best late Summer/Fall fishing I've experienced there. The last three weeks have been non-stop surface action for many large browns. All dorsals and tails!! I've been beating the drum for this river locally and would like to use this forum to talk of flies and where to go. Anyone interested.


10-17-2006, 04:07 PM
I would love to hear more about the Miller's - what's hatching, etc. My fishing there has been limited to the spring and generally below Erving paper mill and the farley flats area. I have not fished the rest of the river but would be interested in knowing what's going on. PM if you want to share locations, etc!

Look forward to the reports...

10-17-2006, 07:34 PM
Big Dave,

The Farley Flats section is an area that gets hit because it's readily seen from Rt. 2. I'd go upstream to the Wendell area (the lower C&R) and head down below the lower RR trestle which is below the Rt. 2 bridge. Cross over the trestle to the right of the river and take the path through the woods for maybe 50 yds. You are now at the Kemfield Pool. The riffles above the pool always produce and the large pool (across from Whetstone Brook) has been awesome. I took seven very picky browns there on Sunday, Oct. 8 in two hours. Last Wed., the 11th, another seven came to the net in the pool right below the above mentioned trestle. The browns were picking emergers up with just their backs and tails breaking the surface. I fished a light olive emerger with a trailing shuck, size 16. Don't get fooled, like some others, into thinking that they are after something small (#20-24) They arn't!! There has been an odd fly coming off the surface at dusk the last month. The locals are calling it a giant sulphur. It's huge. I tie my emergers/dries for this river in various shades of olive since it seems to represent most naturals in this river most of the time.


10-17-2006, 11:37 PM
How long does the fall fishing typically last on the Millers?

10-18-2006, 06:04 AM
What's the typical size of the browns you've been getting?

10-18-2006, 01:32 PM
I've always wanted to try the Millers' but never really got a foothold. Tried it once at the place suggested by the TU book, didnt do anything in 4 hrs trying, and never tried again.

Whenever I'm driving by there on my way to the Deerfield I keep telling myself I ought to try again, but never do.
Would you have some very basic help such a directions to a good starting point? Also, if anyone wants to meet on the river, my fall schedule is very flexible.

10-18-2006, 05:10 PM
Ok, the season on the Millers lasts for as long as the water levels stay down. I've had good dry fly action in November. Now there is a wringle to this. There are a number of ponds on the tribs to the Millers that get drawn down for the winter. This will increase the flow but it is still managable. If we have a good rain event the river will stay up for a long while. When that happens I head "south" to the Swift for the winter.

The browns have been in the 14 to 16 inch range. The State has dumped in the Fall allotment of clonebows recently. Not a good fish for this river.

There is A LOT of great water to fish. Two C&R sections and a lot in between. Someday I'll print up an indepth description. The TU guide really just skims it. Till then, I'll show anyone who wants to take the time.


10-19-2006, 08:19 PM
after meeting a couple of guys on the canal last weekend who's local water is the miller, i am very keen to try it too.

they described it as a 'hidden gem' . looking at the pics on the TU website it looks perfect. with 2 c&R areas.

reading Tom Fullers book, i thought i'd try the resendes pool area on bearsden road - any thoughts ?

i am hoping to drive up next weekend or the week after.