Alright, I’m gonna discuss two more streams today: Boston Brook and Alewife Brook. These are two more streams that hold brookies, mostly stocked and some natives.
First off, Boston Brook is another tributary of the Ipswich River, in Middleton. It is pretty small, with some deep pools and a few riffles. To be honest, almost all of these small brooks look the same. I haven’t been to Boston Brook for a while, but in the past, I’ve caught a few stockies near the Ipswich, and some natives in the upper pools. At the very top of the brook, it meets a pond, and I have had some good luck there. I was there a few years ago, and the water level was very high, so up by the pond was very deep water. I caught a bunch of native brookies up there, and even a few in the pond. But that’s when the water was really high, and right about now the pond is probably a marsh, that holds no trout. As far as flies, I have had really good success in Boston Brook with cased caddis nymphs. No idea why, but the trout there love ’em. They probably hit all sorts of other flies there too, just as well.
Now for Alewife Book. Alewife Brook is located in Essex, MA. I’m not sure if it is actually ome to alewifes (the baitfish), but it does drain from a saltwater bay, so I guess it’s possible. I
do know that on Google Maps has it labeled as both a stream and part of the bay. (THIS is where the trout are.) I really have no idea where the trout are stocked in here, but near Chebacco Lake is some good fishing. Alewife Brook branches off into several streams, and many more come off of the Essex Bay. Now I’m sure that most of these don’t hold trout, but I know a few of them do. I’ve always wondered if there are salters in here, since they could go out into the saltwater. But anyways, near the pond is a pretty good spot, but I’ve caught trout throughout most of the stream (although its worth noting I usually fish here in April, before all the trout are taken). There are lots of spots with no good fishing, because they are right next to houses or parks, so you sort of have to explore. From my experience, most of the trout here “disappear” earlier than most streams. Maybe there aren’t many stoked, or the catch-and-kill crowd is more prevalent here. Anyways, San Juan Worms, and most flies work, but the San Juan Worms OWN Alewife Brook trout.
So theres a few more more brooks, that both are good places to catch some fish. Plan on hitting the Swif for a few hours tomorrow- I’ll have a report then.