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MA/RI COUNCIL ANNUAL MEETING will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 21st in the big tent at Indian Hollow.

BBQ begins immediately after the meeting.

What Flies To Bring for Indian Hollow

(Thank you to Gary Metras, PVTU for providing this excellent information!)

If you prefer fishing dry flies to wooly buggers, here are some dry flies to tie for Indian Hollow, based on hatches from previous years: Tan Caddis, Apple Caddis (a very good hatch last year), Hendricksons, and March Browns. I still have in a bottle the March Brown captured two years ago on the water by the campground (as part of The River’s Calendar Project). You should also have a fly box with some of your favorite nymphs and wet flies. Especially effective are March Brown nymphs and March Brown wet flies. The photo shows a variety of Hendrickson dry flies I’ve caught trout with this time of year in the Westfield River and have had very good luck with this month. Which ever flies you bring, the fishing should be great again this year.

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The flies, from clockwise top left: Light Hendrickson Comparadun Emerger (note the antron shuck), Dark Hendrickson Comparadun Emerger, Dark Hendrickson Comparadun (no shuck), Dark Hendrickson (Catskill Style), Red Quill, Hendrickson Emerger (note the vinyl rib abdomen), Light Hendrickson (Catskill Style), Egg-Laying Light Hendrickson Comparadun (small yellow ball at the tail).

Raffle Update

Indian Hollow weekend is just a few days away, and we thought we’d  provide a bit more information on the Thomas & Thomas rod being auctioned off.  It is a Model  NS II, 9 foot, 6 weight — a fast action and reduced weight rod with the highest possible specification titanium and Universal snake brand guides, tuned, high modulus blank and reduced ferrule profiles making this a rod that will perform wherever you want to take it.   Given a five-star rating by Hatch Magazine , this rod is good for punching through the wind on days like Monday and Tuesday of this week.

We have several bakers who are furiously burning the late night ovens to prepare for the first ever Bake Sale at Indian Hollow.   Truth be told, we could use a few more bakers.   Cookies and cakes or your favorite sweet stuff would be greatly appreciated.

Indian Hollow Annual Meeting and Campout – May 20-23, 2016

Indian Hollow is a gathering of about 200 TU members from all of the chapters in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and their families. The MA-RI TU Council rents out the Army Corps of Engineers campground in Huntington, MA on a section of the East Branch of the Westfield River, where you can fish day and night, tie flies and stand around telling fish stories by the campfire. You can walk from one group to another learning about other places to fish and meet a bunch of interesting folks with similar interests. The campground is free to use and you can arrive anytime on Friday and stay right through the weekend. You might check with other members of your chapter to see where they typically set up, but it really doesn’t matter.

MA Fish and Wildlife stocks the river with about 800 trout the week before the event.

On Saturday, at about 10:30 a.m. there will be a MA-RI TU Council meeting in the big tent. You’re welcome to join us to learn about some of the hot issues on our plates. This will be followed by a free cookout at 12:30 and a bake sale, raffles and auctions for all sorts of prizes to help support our important conservation work.   Among the wonderful items will be a T&T 9ft 6wt rod and FOUR Red Sox tickets located right behind the dugout for the Red Sox vs. the Orioles on June 16th @ 7:10PM.

In the afternoon, around 2:00 p.m., a group will be gathering to collect bugs from the stream in order to learn more about what the nymphs and larvae look like and patterns you’ll want to imitate to catch nice fish.

Saturday night, there is a large bonfire at the West end with more heat than you can stand. (S’mores kits will be for sale at the Bake Sale).

Looking forward to seeing you at Indian Hollow!

Please be aware of the issues with bringing firewood from other parts of the state.  There will be extra firewood around the campground for free.

Click here for printable directions and a map to Indian Hollow.


Once again this year the Council will hold a raffle and auction at lunch time.  Last year, thanks to the generous support of the TU members and guests who attended we raised $2,400, almost as much as we raised during the last Council dinner.  We ask for your generosity again this year. As you may know, the Council has been asked by the Buzzards Bay Coalition to contribute $50,000 toward the purchase of land around the headwaters of Angeline Brook in Westport, MA — a tremendous Sea Run Brook Trout stream.  $50,000 is a big stretch for us, but with your support we will able to come up with the needed funds for this worthy conservation project.  For more information on the Angeline Brook Conservation Project, see article below on Saving Sea-Run Brook Trout.

Some of the featured prizes at this year’s auction/raffle:

  • Four Incredibly good Red Sox tickets behind the dugout for a game in June.
  • A Thomas and Thomas six weight rod.
  • A guided float trip by Chris Jackson from the Deerfield Chapter on the Deerfield River.
  • A variety of guided trips on local rivers by anglers who know them the best.
  • Artwork
  • Some great looking flies, both freshwater and saltwater.
  • Collectible fishing books donated by the Cape Cod Chapter.
  • And more…

Please join us at lunch time for a BBQ sponsored by the Council.  All the raffles will be drawn and auctions held right after lunch.


For the first time ever, the Council is also featuring a bake sale at Indian Hollow. Set up near the tent for lunch, there will be all manner of sweet delights available for campers who may have forgotten dessert.

So far, the yummy lineup looks like this:

  • Death by chocolate cakes
  • Key lime pies
  • Tons of brownies.
  • Italian specialty cookies
  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Cupcakes
  • S’mores kits for the camp fire that night.
  • Gummy worms and other sweet bait for your “tackle box.”
  • Streamside supplies for the adventurous fisher folks who might want to hike a bit to find the perfect fishing spot.

However, we are still in need of volunteer bakers to round out our baked goods table.   Contact us to add your homemade goodness to the table.

See you at Indian Hollow!