Casting About: Great Fly Fishing Spots In The Berkshires

If you fly fish, you know the joy of finding perfect little places with cool pools and pockets where fish love to linger. The Berkshires area has a wealth of such places due to our many rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. So pack your waders and your rod, grab some flies, and head to Staveleigh House Bed and Breakfast for a fishing getaway. A man in waders standing in a stream getting read to cast his line.

The Housatonic River winds through the Berkshires in western Massachusetts and into Connecticut on its way to emptying in Long Island Sound. All along the way, you’ll find great places to fish for trout, bass, and perch. There’s an access point near to us at the Sheffield Covered Bridge on Route 7. You’ll also find ones in Stockbridge, Lee, and Pittsfield (near to where the river begins).

The Farmington River is a little east of the Housatonic River and, like it, is considered world-class trout water. A particularly great stretch runs from Riverton (about 40 minutes southeast of Sheffield) to New Hartford. The high density of trout in this section is due to a 200-foot high dam that releases a steady stream of cold water year-round.

Beartown State Forest, near to Monterey, Massachusetts, has Benedict Pond and several brooks that make it a good choice for largemouth bass. (Note: if you’re with someone who would rather hike than fish, there are numerous great trails in the forest to keep them amused for hours).

If you enjoy going out with a guide, give the folks at Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing® a call. Owner and head guide Harry Desmond—as well as guide Jason Le Prevost—are extremely knowledgeable about the local waters and offer several fishing options.
Berkshire Rivers Fly Fishing®
413-446-5147
Wade-in Fly Fishing: single/$250, two-person/$350
Float ‘N Fish Trip: single/$350, two-person/$450
Casting lesson: 1-2 hour/$100 (with $50 off next wading or float trip)

Autumn is always a great time to come fishing—and to visit Staveleigh House too. Now through October (excluding Columbus Day) you can take advantage of our Fall Foliage special. Book two or more weeknights (Sunday – Thursday) and get a 25% discount on your reservation. Call today or book online!

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