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Old 03-04-2004, 09:02 AM
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Trout University?

I have an idea that might bring more of the northeastern members into finesse fishing, wash the crusty salt deposits off and try a little sweetwater...

Trevor Bross, T&T sponsor dude, has invited us to visit them out in western MA. If I am not mistaken, this is in some mighty fine trout territory. With spring right around the corner, I would like to know if anyone is interested in a day of fishing and visitation to one of the premier fly rod makers in the world.

Most likely drive out the night before, crash at cheap area lodging which should be plentiful, then fish the morning. Visit T&T mid-day, fish the evening and drive home.

We would need those who are more knowledgeable in the ways of the wily trout to get some of us salts to stop double hauling for 30 foot casts and tell us to take the clouser off, that trout wants a midge, etc. So we would group up accordingly or else gather at one run and let the sages go through first telling the rest what is going on.

Trevor knows a thing or two about the trout streams in the area as well.

Dave, et. al -

What would be the best time for this from a seasonal perspective? Anyone interested?
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:12 AM
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Juro, I'm interested. Timing wise I'd go for somewhere between mothers & fathers day.
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:24 AM
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I would be interested....
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Old 03-04-2004, 09:53 AM
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Striblue -

Just wanted to warn you, that streamwater is very cold and you can not wade barefoot... at least not past the thighs
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:07 AM
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Depending upon when this would take place, I'd love to join you. I wanted to show Trevor the rod I was working on anyway.
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Old 03-04-2004, 10:20 AM
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Sounds like a good time. A midday visit to T&T would be ideal since this is usually high-water time on the Deerfield.

Not sure where the factory is located but I consider the Deerfield, Westfield and Millers to be the prime western MA rivers.

As far as timing these rivers take a bit longer to round into shape, particularly the Westfield which is my favorite of the 3. May and June are the prime months for hatches (great timing, for the SW guys huh?) April can be good as long as you're not adverse to chucking a size 4 Kaufmann stone or wolly bugger. Down and dirty tactics are the name of the game for early-season.

Lots of lodging options in the area. I like Mohawk State Campground which has a nice pub and the Deerfield runs right through it. Short drive to Fife Brook Dam and the upper C&R section which is some of the state's finest and most scenic trout water.

Timing will depend on weather, flow conditions and stocking schedules. I'm no expert but willing to help where I can.

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Old 03-04-2004, 10:59 AM
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Sounds interesting - depending on timing.

Don't worry Striblue, I have a spare floating line :hehe:
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Old 03-04-2004, 11:05 AM
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HHHHMMMM.....Well...I do have neoprens which look like new and I have owned them for over 10 years... real antiques. Did use them at the swift one July day with the temperature about 95.... and I was shivering after a while in the Swift..... so ...I will be well garbed for this adventure.
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interested....let me know what dates you're looking at.

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i amy be able to go

anytime between mid june and mid august
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I think I'd like to tag along if my schedule can support it.
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Bump.
Anything happening with this idea?
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Old 03-22-2004, 01:07 PM
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I am open early April and early May. After that things are choked up until mid-July and we'd have to postpone until the fall for trouting I would suspect...

May 1st would be best for me... anyone else?
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May 1 is a possibility. I'll check the calender tonight.
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I'll be camping at the Delaware water gap that weekend; best of luck to those that can make the trip!
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