River Reports

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/16/17

What a difference a week makes. The levels are down and temperatures are up. We are going into normal summer conditions with the best time to be early mornings and early evenings.

Tan/Olive and Brown Elk Hair Caddis 12-18, CDC Caddis 14-18, March Browns 14-16, Light Cahills 14-18, Sulfurs 14-18. Attractors like Stimulators and PMX are good to throw as well. Soft Hackles and other wet flies 12-16 swung down and across will produce vicious strikes.

Pheasant Tail 12-18, Caddis Larva and Pupa Olive/Natural 12-18, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stoneflies 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Copper John’s 12-18, Prince Nymphs 12-18, Attractor Nymphs and Jigs 12-18.

Olive/Brown/Black Buggers 6-12, Gongas  4, Sculpins 4-8

 

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/9/17

The  Deerfield is up again due to the rain earlier this week. The catch and release areas may be fishable below the Fife Brook Dam  this weekend but make sure to check the flow schedule before heading there. Water flow here.

The Millers River is still high and not safe to fish.

The Westfield is coming down and should be fishable but on the high side. I would check out one of the branches (East Branch, West Branch or Middle Branch).

The Swift is running at its steady flow and is a great river for easy wading and good fishing.

You may want to check out some of the smaller freestone rivers as well. They tend to drop quickly and are fishable by now. Check the state stocking report. They put good fish in most of the rivers around here and you will be quite surprised if you are willing to explore new waters.

Tan/Olive Caddis 14-16, Hendricksons 14-16, March Brown 12-14, Cahills 12-16, Sulphurs 12-16, BWO 16-20, Adams 12-18, All types of Soft Hackle 12-18, Pheasant Tail 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Larva and Pupa 10-18, Hare’s Ear 10-18, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Lightning Bug 14-18, Hot Spot and othe attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Woolly Buggers 6-10, Sculpins 4-8, San Juan and Squirmies.

With the high water it’s important to get your fly down deep at times. Heavy nymphs or sink tip lines with streamers do the job. Stonefly nymphs with a Pheasant Tail or caddis dropper have been working very well for me this year.

Be careful and be safe wading.

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/2/17

The water has been running high on the Deerfield but if you watch the flows there have been some windows of opportunity. There is supposed to be no releases for the free fishing weekend this Saturday/Sunday and a flow of 125cfs is scheduled below Fife Brook Dam during the day. The Westfield River has been fishing well and there have been positive reports on the East Branch and Middle Branches. Streamers and nymphs are the consistent fish getters. There have been hatches of Tan Caddis, Light and Dark Hendricksons  and we are starting to see some March Browns and Sulphurs.

Olive/Tan Caddis 14-18, Fertile Caddis 14, March Brown 12-14, Light/Dark Hendrickson14-16, Sulphurs 10-14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Black/Brown Stones 8-12, Sexy Walts and Hot Spot Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Woolly Buggers 6-12, Olive/Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16. Squirmies/San Juan Worms.

This weekend is Deerfield River Spey Day and the TU Single Fly competition. Both are held at the Zoar picnic area. Come check them out.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/26/17

The Deerfield River is very high due to the large amount of rain we received last night. I wouldn’t expect it to get down to a fishable level this weekend. Check the water flows to see what’s happening. Under 1,000cfs is what you want.

The East Branch of the Westfield River is very high as well but it will drop fast and could be fishable by Sunday. The East Branch has been fishing well prior to the rain and fishes good at 500cfs or less. There is no gauge in the Gorge so to get a more accurate flow above the Knightville Dam look at the reading for West Branch Westfield River at Huntington, MA. Then add at least 200cfs to that and you will get an idea of what it is flowing at. This section will drop fast once the rain stops and is usually fishable a day or two after.

The Millers River has been high and really hasn’t been fishable wading this year. 500cfs and below is when this river fishes good. It will be great when the water decides to drop.

The Swift stays at a constant flow of about 50cfs and is not effected by the rain. The fishing has been good but you may run into some crowds at times. There is plenty of water to explore if you want some solitude.

 Hendrickson’s 14-16, Olive/Tan Caddis 14-18, Fertile Caddis 14, March Brown 12-16Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Black/Brown Stones 8-12, Sexy Walts and Hot Spot Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Woolly Buggers 6-12, Olive/Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16. Squirmies/San Juan Worms

Watch for the smaller rivers to drop quickly. They can provide some of the best fishing of the season. Look at a map or the states stocking report and go exploring.

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

 

 

 

Westfield River Fishing Report 5/23/17

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-16, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Black/Brown Stones 8-12, Sexy Walts and Hot Spot Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Woolly Buggers 6-12, Olive/Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16. Hendrickson’s 14-16, Olive/Tan Caddis 14-18, Fertile Caddis 14.

The Westfield River was fishing good Monday morning . Flows and temperatures are perfect right now.The fish are spread out and holding in all types of water. Don’t confine yourself to one spot. Move around if your not finding fish. Nymphing with a large stone and a caddis or pheasant tail trailing was a winning combo. If you would like to learn about fishing nymphs or need to get to the next level in your nymphing game we are having  a beginner to intermediate nymph clinic on Saturday June 17th 8am-12pm. Check out our Classes/Seminars page for more details. Or call us at 413-397-3665.

We are in for some rain Thursday. I’ll update my report on conditions and flows on Friday.

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

 

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/19/17

Hendrickson’s 14-16,Tan/Olive Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Fertile Caddis 14, BWO 16-18, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black/Brown 6-10, Sculpins and medium size streamers 4-8, GR Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle 12-16, Olive Soft Hackle 12-16, Pheasant Tail soft Hacle 12-16, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 8-18, OCD Caddis 14-16, Pheasant Tails 12-20, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Stoneflies 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Copper Johns 12-16, Frenchie’s 10-16, Sexy Walt’s 10-16, Mop Flies, Squirmies and Egg Patterns

Buggers and Soft Hackles have been working well. Use sink tips during the high water. The fish are really getting active. Vary your retrieves and colors when using buggers and other streamers. They have been going after buggers pretty aggressively now and taking soft hackles on the swing. They are dropping and raising water levels so make sure to check flows on our Flows/Hatches page. BE SAFE!

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/12/17

Buggers on sink tips have been working well. Water levels have just started to come down but with rain predicted Saturday into Sunday it could rise again.

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Sculpins and medium size streamers 4-8, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 8-18, OCD Caddis 14-16, Pheasant Tails 12-20, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Stoneflies 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Copper Johns 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 12-18, Squirmies and Egg Patterns, BWO 16-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Hendrickson’s 14-16 and Red Quill 14-16.

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/28/17

The lower part of the Deerfield is still running high due to the rain this week. It will continue to go down and when it hits 1,000cfs is when it will really start to turn on I think. The upper catch and release areas below Fife Brook Dam have been running from 800-1,100cfs. Water is still pretty cold in the low to mid 40’s. I’ve seen some good numbers of Tan Caddis and Light Hendrickson’s on the lower part and the Millers River. Millers is still quite high for safe wading. More rain is predicted for the later part of the week so the earlier part of next week could be the best time to make it out.

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Sculpins and medium size streamers 4-8, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 8-18, OCD Caddis 14-16, Pheasant Tails 12-20, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Stoneflies 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Copper Johns 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 12-18, Squirmies and Egg Patterns, BWO 16-18, Tan Elk Hair Caddis 14-18, Hendrickson’s 14-16 and Red Quill 14-16.

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

We made the front page of the Recorder on Wednesday while floating the Millers River. My Dad is in the front and Jonathan Bunker of Sqaire-Tail Anglers is in the back giving me some rowing instruction.

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/21/17

Some positive reports from anglers coming in. Fish are taking a wide range of flies from medium size streamers to Hendricksons(see picture below. Courtesy of Tom S). Thursday the water levels came down to a nicer level and fish were taking early stoneflies, BWO and Caddis off the surface along with a variety of nymphs and streamers subsurface. The rain is bringing the levels up again so we’ll have to wait and see what happens over the next 24 hours.

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Sculpins and medium size streamers 4-8, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 8-18, Pheasant Tails 12-20, Hare’s Ear 12-16, Stoneflies 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Copper Johns 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 12-18, Squirmies and Egg Patterns, BWO 16-18, Tan Caddis 14-18, Hendricksons  and Red Quill 14-16.

We have dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call if you would like to book a day. (413)397-3665

 

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/17/17

River is still running high due to all the runoff coming down from Vermont. Fishing on  the Swift has been good and some of the smaller rivers are starting to turn on. Woolly Buggers are getting fish in the net.

Natural and Olive Caddis Larva/Pupa Nymphs 8-18, Pheasant Tails 12-18, Stones 6-12, Frenchies, Sexy Walts and other attractor nymphs 10-16, Tan/Olive/Black Hare’s Ear nymphs 10-16, Zebra Midges 18-22, Midge Larva 16-22, Egg patterns, San Juan and Squirmies, Olive/Black/Brown Woolly Buggers 6-10, Squirrel Leaches, Sculpzillas 4-8, Double Gongas 4.