The water temps are getting cold and the takes are getting pretty subtle. A lot of eats on buggers but not a lot of strong hook ups resulting in lost fish. Getting a nymph right into their mouth has brought the most fish to the net this week. A large stonefly as an attractor and for weight with a sz 16-20 nymph trailing has been a good combo.
PT’s 16-20, Caddis Nymphs 14-18, Sexy Walts 14-16, Frenchie’s 12-16, Stonefly Nymph 6-10, Blac/Olive Woolly Buggers 6-10, Sculpins 4-8, Squirmies and eggs.
The water flows tend to run high this time of year so getting down deep and putting a fly right in front of them or better yet right in their mouths is key. Sink tip lines or sinking leaders when chucking streamers can make all the difference. On the warmer days you can still be successful on the surface with midges. Olive and black have been the hot colors for this method. The weather is looking pretty fishable for the upcoming week.
We have cold weather gear in the shop to keep you warm this winter. Having the right gear can make all the difference in the world.
We still have a few sizes and models of Hodgman Waders on clearance. Give us a call or stop in.
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!