Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/3/18

Feels like we went from winter to summer in one day. The Deerfield River is continuing to run high but is gradually going down. We’ll have to wait and see what happens for the weekend.

The smaller rivers in the area have been the place to be. Much more accessible and fun to fish right now. Fish them now before we get into the dog days of summer. We are getting reports of some Dark Hendrickson’s and small Tan Caddis sporadically hatching. The rainbows have been hitting Olive Woolly Buggers consistently.

We have a few dates available for float trips, wade trips and lessons. Give us a call to book a day with us.

Dark Hendrickson’s 14-16, Tan Caddis 16-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Pink/Red Squirmies 12, Eggs.

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:www.h2oline.com/default.aspx?pg=si&op=255126. 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!