River Reports

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/23/18

We are still seeing some Hendricksons in the afternoon with sporadic Tan Caddis hatches throughout the day. Some Olive/Brown Caddis have been popping late afternoon into the evening. Dry fly action is slowly improving and nymphs and buggers are producing strong results. Water flows have been good with times of low flows (130cfs) in the catch and release areas. The lower stretches have been good with flows in the 600-900cfs range.

Hendrickson’s 14-16, Tan/Olive Caddis 16-18, BWO 16-18, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

Recommended equipment for the Deerfield is 8’6″ – 10′ 4, 5 or 6 weight rods. 7.5-9′ 4X – 6X leaders. WF Floating line for all around use and a sink tip lines are recommended during high water levels.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here:www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255126. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/17/18

Conditions are really good right now. The fish have spread out into the pockets and riffles and are actively feeding. They are taking a variety of nymphs subsurface from attractors to standard mayfly, caddis and stonefly patterns. Surface action has slowly started to increase.

Dark Hendrickson’s 14-16, Tan Caddis 16-18, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here:www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255126. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/10/18

Conditions continue to heat up on the Deerfield and surrounding rivers. Water temps have reached the mid 50’s and the fish are quite active. Flows have dropped and continue to drop. The Millers River is reaching a fishable water flow and the Westfield will start to pick up. There has been some sporadic surface action but all fish on our guided trips have been below. Soft hackle wet flies will start to come into play over the next couple weeks and tend to produce some of the most vicious strikes.

Dark Hendrickson’s 14-16, Tan Caddis 16-18, Hare’s Ear, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here:www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255126. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/3/18

Feels like we went from winter to summer in one day. The Deerfield River is continuing to run high but is gradually going down. We’ll have to wait and see what happens for the weekend.

The smaller rivers in the area have been the place to be. Much more accessible and fun to fish right now. Fish them now before we get into the dog days of summer. We are getting reports of some Dark Hendrickson’s and small Tan Caddis sporadically hatching. The rainbows have been hitting Olive Woolly Buggers consistently.

We have a few dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call to book a day with us.

Dark Hendrickson’s 14-16, Tan Caddis 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here:www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255126. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/26/18

It’s looking like most rivers will be blown out this weekend. Some of the smaller rivers may be fishable by Friday or Saturday. This could also be a good opportunity to explore some of the many thin blue lines we have around here. There has been some nice wild fish on the feed.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/24/18

The fishing is starting to pick up a bit with the coming of the warmer weather. Water flows are high due to runoff and the lower river has practically been unfishable at  2500cfs. The fish have been hungry even with the water temp averaging 40 degrees.

We have dates available for Float Trips, Wade Trips and Lessons. Give us a call to reserve your day on the water with us.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/12/18

Some warmer weather has finally arrived this week. Fishing will improve as water temps rise out of the 30’s. Water flows have been good below Fife Brook Dam with some minimum flows allowing good wading conditions.

Woolly Buggers 6-12, Sculpin Bunny 4, Headbangers 4, Pheasant Tail  12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Larva  12-18, Black/Brown/Golden Stonefly Nymphs 8-12, Frenchies 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18, Squirmies Pink and Red, Midges 24-26. Green eggs have been working good as well.

Felt soles, studded felt or studded rubber soles are highly recommended. Plain rubber soles are very slippery.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/5/18

Old man winter just keeps hanging on. It’s very windy as a write this and it’s looking like some crappy weather for the next couple of days. Maybe rain maybe some snow. We’ll have to wait and see. Some of the smaller rivers and tributaries of the Deerfield and of Western Mass are getting stocked and can provide a safer alternative when water levels are high. Many of these rivers hold fish over and may have a wild or reproducing population providing much enjoyment. If it looks fishy then fish it!!

Deerfield River

The Deerfield River is being listed as stocked from Shelburne down river through Conway and Deerfield. The river has been running high and dirty from the rain and runoff so it’s not very fishable. The flows out of the Fife Brook Dam have been  getting down to the 130cfs flow making this an ideal wading level. Check the schedule of release before you head out. Water temp is still at 40 degrees average. Customers have been having sporadic luck so far but it will only improve over the next month or two.

Woolly Buggers 6-12, Sculpin Bunny 4, Headbangers 4, Pheasant Tail  12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Larva  12-18, Black/Brown/Golden Stonefly Nymphs 8-12, Frenchies 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18, Squirmies Pink and Red, Midges 24-26. Green eggs have been working good as well.

Millers River

The Millers has been stocked as well but it is far from any safe wading level. Usually under 500cfs is when this river is fishable. It will be a while before this happens but I’ll keep you posted.

Westfield River

This river is starting to see some stocking and it will continue. This river tends to do well starting in the beginning to mid May time frame. The Gorge section doesn’t seem to turn on until the big stocking for the TU campout in the middle of the month.

 

Felt soles, studded felt or studded rubber soles are highly recommended. Plain rubber soles are very slippery.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 3/31/18

It’s looking like a nice weekend and the best place to try your luck would be in the catch and release sections of the Deerfield. The lower river below the #2 Buckland dam is causing the lower part of the river to be very high and dirty. A release of 800cfs is scheduled from 10am-1pm out of the Fife Brook Dam. Water temp is still very cold 38-40 degrees but fishing has been ok. Target the seams where slow and fast water meet. We have dates available for wade and float trips. Give us a call if you would like to book your trip with us.

Woolly Buggers 6-12, Sculpin Bunny 4, Headbangers 4, Pheasant Tail  12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Larva  12-18, Black/Brown/Golden Stonefly Nymphs 8-12, Frenchies 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18, Squirmies Pink and Red, Midges 24-26.

Felt soles, studded felt or studded rubber soles are highly recommended. Plain rubber soles are very slippery.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 3/22/18

After a cold week it looks like we may get some decent temperatures this coming week. Water flows have come down a bit but could go back up due to the snow pack in the hill towns and in Vermont. We’ll see what happens.

Woolly Buggers 6-12, Sculpin Bunny 4, Headbangers 4, Pheasant Tail and Caddis Nymphs 12-18, Stonefly Nymphs 8-12, Frenchies 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18, Squirmies Pink and Red, Midges 24-26.

The water levels on the Deerfield River are constantly changing due to the many dams throughout. If you are looking to wade waste deep to stalk rising trout then the 130cfs water flows in the catch and release areas is the ideal flow. If you are willing to adapt and throw on a nymph or streamer then you’ll be effective during the water releases of 800-1,000. The lower river (below #2 Buckland Dam) the river widens out a bit and normally does not drop below 300cfs. Good dry fly conditions would be between 300-500cfs. If you are willing to adapt and fish nymphs and streamers then you can be effective at higher water levels. For the catch and release area you can check the water flows here: http://www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255123. For below the #2 Buckland Dam check the water flow here: https://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/uv/?site_no=01171500&PARAmeter_cd=00065,00060. Always be prepared and paying attention for rising water flow. They are subject to change always. Always check the flows before you go out and while you are out if possible!