Winter conditions have definitely settled in the last couple weeks. If you’re looking to get out then the catch & release areas of the Deerfield River or the Swift river are your best bet. San Juan Worms, Eggs, PT’s and attractor nymphs have been getting it done but streamers are getting some hookups as well. Woolly Buggers and medium size streamers. Fish deep but search the water column if you’re not having luck.
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!