Best Westfield River Fly Fishing

The 3rd most popular fly fishing river in Massachusetts.

  Massachusetts, US


  March 22, 2019

Northwest of Springfield and east of Pittsfield, the Westfield River is well known for its wild populations of brown trout and brook trout. While there are actually three branches of the Westfield River, the East Branch of the Westfield River is really what most fly fishermen consider to be the “Westfield River”. In the fly fishing community, the Westfield is considered to be comparable to the Ausable River of upstate New York.

The headwaters of the Westfield are up in the Berkshires, but things really get exciting beginning when it passes through Cummington. The river parallels SR9 head east and there are many access points both to the west and east of Cummington. Continuing east from Cummington, the river parallels SR112 for a couple miles before turning south. This entire section is very popular in Spring as the water level drops exposing pocket water and pools.

As the Westfield turn south, it enters the remote and wild Chesterfield Gorge. While there are numerous excellent fly fishing spots in the section north of SR143, you’ve got to work for it since access is difficult. There will be plenty of upstream hiking required. Just south of SR143, there is a Chesterfield Gorge Recreation picnic area providing parking along the river. A mile below SR143 marks the start of a seven mile section of Catch-And-Release With Artificial Lures Only. This freestone river stretch has plentiful brown trout, rainbow trout and still some brook trout. Along the western shore, there are the remains of the old River Road which can be hiked for good river access. This section is best in late Spring and early Summer - by mid-Summer, the water levels become very low and the trout are only found in the deepest of pools.

As Summer progresses, the West Branch of the Westfield River might be worth exploring since there is dense foilage shading the river water. There is good access in the town of Westfield off SR 20.

Overall, Westfield River is the 3rd most popular fly fishing river of all 4 fly fishing spots in Massachusetts.

Local Contacts:  Westfield River Committee (413) 579-3015; Robinson State Park (413) 786-2877; Mass. Tourism (800) 447-MASS.

Best Season:  May - Aug

Reference Source:  click here

PDF Map:  click here

GPS:  42.089736, -72.668381

Date Published:  12/28/2015

Date Updated:  3/22/2019

ID:  22748

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