River Reports

Deerfield River Fishing report 8/11/17

Chernobyls 8-12,  Hoppers and Ants, PMX 8-12, BWO 16-20, Elk Wing Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16,  Tricos 18-20, Olive/cream Midges 20-24, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, WD 40 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-24, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Quill Jig 12-16, Sexy Walt Jig 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

We’re approaching the middle of August and the fishing remains good for this time of year. August can be challenging and most days you have to work for them. Rain is in order but it will come soon enough.

We are having a huge rod sale on all in stock fly rods so come on by and see what we have!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/30/17

Fishing has been good on the Deerfield. Temps on the lower half of the river have been hovering around 68 degrees and low 60’s on the upper half. They may spike up on the sunny hot days but go back down in the evening. The cloudy and cool days have been the most productive for anglers this week. Fish the riffles!

Elk Wing Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16,  Sulfurs 14-18, Yellow Sallie’s 14-16, Chernobyls 8-12,  Hoppers and Ants, PMX 8-12, Olive/cream Midges 20-24, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, PMX 8-12, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, WD 40 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-24, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Quill Jig 12-16, Sexy Walt Jig 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/21/17

Evenings 7pm-9m have been the best times for some dry fly action. Elk Hair Caddis have been on the menu. Caddis nymphs and Pheasant Tail nymphs have done good in the mornings. We’ve had a pretty good hot streak but cooler temps are forecasted for next week. This will help cool the water back down and perk up the fish again. We could use some rain for sure but we are in pretty good shape for the end of July. Excitided for the White Mayfly hatch at the end of August. Get Ready?

Tan/Olive/Brown Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16, Adams 12-16, Sulfurs 14-18, Yellow Sallie’s 14-16, Chernobyls 8-12,  PMX 8-12, Olive/cream Midges 20-24, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, PMX 8-12, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, WD 40 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-24, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Quill Jig 12-16, Sexy Walt Jig 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/15/17

Tan/Olive/Brown Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16, March Browns 12-16, Sulfurs 14-18, Yellow Sallie’s 14-16, Chernobyls 8-12,  PMX 8-12, Olive/cream Midges 20-24, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, PMX 8-12, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, WD 40 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-24, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Quill Jig 12-16, Sexy Walt Jig 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

Pretty mixed bag of what’s been working lately. Water temps have been great due to some cool overcast days. All the rivers have been fishing good in the early mornings and evenings.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/6/17

Not a lot of fish rising during the day but they’ve been staying active subsurface. That’s not to say you shouldn’t toss a dry out there once in a while.Nothing fancy. Buggers, soft hackles and drifting nymphs is getting it done. Water temps have been 58-62 in the catch and release sections  and 64 in the mornings down on the lower stretches. It’s pushing 70 degrees in the afternoons on a sunny day. Water flows have been shutting  off at times and the fishing has been good.

Tan/Olive/Brown Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16, March Browns 12-16, Sulfurs 14-18, Yellow Sallie’s 14-16, Olive/cream Midges 20-24, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, PMX 8-12, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, WD 40 20-22, Zebra Midge 20-24, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Quill Jig 12-16, Sexy Walt Jig 12-16, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/30/17

Tan/Olive/Brown Caddis 14-18, Adams 12-16, Light Cahills 14-16, March Browns 12-16, Sulfurs 14-18, Yellow Sallie’s 14-16, Olive/Orange Stimulators 10-14, PMX 8-12, March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 and other medium sized streamers 4-6.

The Swift River extends it’s catch and release section down to Cady Lane July 1st and should receive a summer stocking this coming week. We are headed into the two hottest months of the year so caution should be taken when playing fish. Crimp your barbs and get released quickly to catch another day. Early morning and evenings have been the best times to fish.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/23/17

A lot of customers have been asking about the crazy water flows this year. My answer is we have a lot of water and the power companies are going to use it when they want. If you are heading up to the catch and release areas then you want to look at the flows at the Fife Brook Dam. The schedule is updated after 5pm but can change at any time. It,s best to check just before you head out. If you are fishing the lower part of the river then look at the USGS Gauge at West Deerfield. This doesn’t give a schedule but an actual reading updated every hour. Check before you head out and be aware. Put links on your phone and check periodically.

All the rivers (Westfield, Millers and Deerfield) are at good fishable levels. Temperatures are creeping up during the day into the high 60’s so early morning and evenings are the prime times to fish.

Tan/Olive/Brown Caddis 14-18, Light Cahills 14-16, March Browns 12-16, Sulfurs 14-18 have been sporadic throughout the day and the evening is when the hatches really turn on. Stimulators/PMX 8-12 are good attractors during the day. March Brown/GRHE Wet Flies 12-14, Soft Hackles 12-18, PT Nymphs 12-18, Olive/Natural Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Hare’s Ear Nymphs 10-16, Black/Golden/Brown Stones 8-12, Deerfield Stone 14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Olive/Black/Brown Buggers 6-12 are still getting it done.

We have expanded our fly selections and our bins are full of new flies. Stop on in on your way out.

 

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.