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!