All posts by Mike Didonna

Deerfield River Fishing Report 8/13/19

We’re in the dog days of summer. We can have some really great moments of fishing and also some very slow moments. Days are getting shorter and temps in the evening are getting cooler. We’ll be experiencing fall fishing soon. Evening fishing on the Deerfield has been good. Parachute Adams 14-18 has been the hot fly this week. Big hoppers during the day.

Dry/Wet Flies Adams/Parachute Adams 14-16, PMX 8-12, Chernobyl 8-12, Stimulator8-12, Olive/Tan Caddis 12-16. Light Cahill 12-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, Griffith Gnat 18-22, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger, Mini DD

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/26/19

The Deerfield and Swift are fishing great. We have availability for float and wade trips in August. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Dry/Wet Flies: PMX 8-12, Chernobyl 8-12, Stimulator8-12, Olive/Tan Caddis 12-16. Light Cahill 12-16, Adams/Parachute Adams 10-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger, Mini DD

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 7/16/19

It’s Hopper/Dropper time!! Best places to fish are the Fife Brook Dam down to Charlemont or the Swift River. We need some rain.

We have availability for float and wade trips. We are now offering trips for warm water species like bass and pike. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Dry/Wet Flies: PMX 8-12, Chernobyl 8-12, Stimulator8-12, Olive/Tan Caddis 12-16. Light Cahill 12-16, Adams/Parachute Adams 10-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger, Mini DD

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/28/19

Deerfield River is fishing good. The upper river is staying cool from the bottom releases but the lower river below Shelburne is starting to get hot. Early morning and evenings are the best time to fish. The Swift River is below 200cfs and a lot of water has opened up again to the wade fisher. July 1 the C&R section extends to Cady Lane and it will be stocked. The Millers River and The Westfield River is at a good level but water temps are getting high. Early mornings and evenings are the time to fish these rivers. Lets hope for some 70 degree rainy days to get temps back down.

We have availability for float and wade trips. We are now offering trips for warm water species like bass and pike. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Dry/Wet Flies: Olive/Tan Caddis 12-16. Light Cahill 12-16, Adams/Parachute Adams 10-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger, Mini DD

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/21/19

Deerfield River is currently a bit high but we’ll see what he y do with the water flows for the weekend. The cloudy, cool and wet days are really keeping the entire river quite active. The Swift River has been has been hovering around 250cfs but wade fishers have been coming in with good reports. Sounds like anglers are having luck on larger flies and streamers you wouldn’t normally hear of being used there. The Millers River is fishable but has been bouncing up and down between 450-650cfs. I took clients there last Saturday and the fishing was good. The Westfield River is at a good level. Cover some water and experiment with different flies if you’re not hooking up. Ticks have been terrible this year so make sure to check yourself and your clothing.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Dry/Wet FliesTan Caddis 12-16. Light Cahill 12-16, March Browns 12-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger, Mini DD

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/14/19

Fishing remains really good on our rivers. We’re seeing some good Sulphur and Caddis hatches and surface action has been picking up. Caddis nymphs have been bringing most of our fish to the net on our guided trips. The Deerfield River has been fishing excellent on float and wade trips. The Swift River has been great on float trips. It’s still high to access a lot on foot. The Millers River is fishable but still on the high side so be careful. The Westfield River is at a good level. Cover some water if you’re not hooking up. Ticks have been terrible this year so make sure to check yourself and your clothing.

Have a great weekend and Happy Father’s Day.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Dry/Wet Flies: Tan Caddis 12-16. March Browns 12-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Nymphs: Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Natural/Red/Green Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18.

Streamers: Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers, Sculpzilla, Complex Twist Bugger.

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 6/7/19

Fishing has been very good this week except the Deerfield has gone up quite high from storms Wednesday night. We’ll have to wait and see how quickly it comes down. Fish some small streams until it does. The Millers has gone back up as well to over 900cfs. The Westfield River as at a good fishable flow. Swift is coming down slowly. Currently 375cfs. Good hatches of Sulphurs, March Browns and Tan Caddis coming off towards the evening hours.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Peeping Caddis Jig 14, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Copper Johns 12-16, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers/Sculpins. Tan Caddis 16-18. March Browns 12-16, Sulphurs 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/31/19

Free fishing weekend 6/1 – /6/2. No fishing license is required. The Jim Gariepy Single Fly Tournament and The Caddis Fly Festival is happening this weekend at the Country Aire Campground on Rt2 in Charlemont. All are welcome. Minimum flows are predicted out of Fife Brook Dam for these events.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers/Sculpins. Tan Caddis 16-18. March Browns 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/28/19

Fishing is good and we are getting some good water flows throughout the entire river. As always make sure to check before you head out and be aware. We are starting to see March Browns hatching and we have some big sz 12-14 Tan Caddis coming off throughout the day and into the evening.

The Westfield River is at a great flow and fishing good. The Millers is at 425cfs and starting to turn on. The Swift has finally gone below 300cfs and is dropping quick every day. We’re getting a bit of rain today and we’ll see what happens.

5/29 Update Rain yesterday bumped the water flows back up a bit but they should come back down over the next day or two. Millers, Westfield and Swift are around 500cfs. The lower part of the Deerfield is quite high this morning. The Fife Brook Dam is scheduled to release 900cfs from 11am-5pm today. It’s currently at 155cfs.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

We have some new Cortland Line products in the store.

Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers/Sculpins. Tan Caddis 16-18. March Browns 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/23/19

Fishing has picked up the last couple days after a few slow days. Hendricksons are dwindling out and we aren’t seeing the big hatches in the afternoon anymore. Fish are still taking Pheasant Tail Nymphs but they have keyed in on Caddis Nymphs and emergers. Swinging and stripping buggers on a sink tip line has been very productive during the higher water levels. Most all the rivers have been at good levels. The Deerfield water flows have been wadeable. The Millers is in the 500cfs range and it will come down more every day. It is fishable. The Westfield River is at a great flow and fishable. Fish are really spread out so don’t get cement shoes. Swift is still high but coming down nicely. Another week and I think it will be wadeable. I’ll try to post an update for waterflows on the Deerfield over the weekend. Have a safe Memorial Day!

We have some new Cortland Line products in the store.

Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Stonefly Nymph 8-14, Mops 8-10, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Attractor Nymphs 10-18, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Mini Headbangers/Sculpins. Tan Caddis 16-18. Hendricksons 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, Adams 12-16, Soft Hackle Wet Flies 12-16.

We have availability for float and wade trips. Give us a call or shoot us an email.

Recommended equipment: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 4X-6X Leaders and Tippet. Felt Soles, Felt + Studs, Rubber + Studs. Wading staff highly recommended

Water Flows for Fife Brook Dam can be found here: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. Minimum Flow 130 CFS (Cubic Feet/Second). Ideal for wading and Dry Fly Action. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS

Catch and release area #1 starts at Fife Brook Dam and continues to the Hoosac Tunnel Bridge. Fishable Year Round. Catch and release area #2 starts where Pelham Brook enters the Deerfield and ends at the Rt2 bridge. Water release from Fife Brook Dam takes approx. 2 hours to reach this area. Normal Release 800-1,000 CFS