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Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/24/20

Fishing has been getting good. Water levels have been dropping occasionally making more water accessible on foot. I haven’t seen many hatches yet but we should start to see some Caddis and Hendricksons coming up. Water temp is lo 40’s so dress warm. Olive and black Woolly Buggers have been getting it done.

Guided trips and lessons available.

Dries: Midges, tan Caddis 16-18, BWO 16-20, Hendrickson’s

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs,  Golden or Black Terminator Stone 8-12,14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Sexy Walt 12-16. 

Streamers:  Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, White/Olive Sculpzilla 8,Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4, Olive and Gold/White Mini Drunk & Disorderly.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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 4/11/20

Fishing is really starting to pick up. Check water flows before you head out, the Deerfield has been high due to some rain and it looks like we could be in for more this week. Smaller rivers and tributaries of the Deerfield are fishing good and provide a safer alternative when the water is to high. Dress appropriately, water temp is barely low 40’s.

Guided trips and lessons available.

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs,  Golden or Black Terminator Stone 8-12,14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Sexy Walt 12-16. 

Streamers:  Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, White/Olive Sculpzilla 8,Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4, Olive and Gold/White Mini Drunk & Disorderly.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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

When fishing the Deerfield in winter, mid 30’s and sunny is ideal. Long underwear, Fleece pants, rubber or studded soles are recommended. Do not wear felt in winter. Wading staff highly recommended. Use hand warmers on your wrist and toe warmers in your boots. Carry a towel to dry your hands off. Keep as much water as you can off your rod. Wiggle rod to clear off water. In below freezing temps try to fish with a fixed length of line out.

Best access for fishing in the winter is Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. The river tends to run high in the winter months (1,000cfs) so find the soft pockets and eddies close to shore but don’t be afraid to fish faster water occasionally. Fish will be closer to shore if a high release has been consistent.

When fishing streamers use a sink tip line or heavily weighted flies with a short leader (4ft-7.5ft). Vary your retrieves and presentation. Cast 45 degrees down river and swing your fly. Twitch your rod tip making the fly drop back and move up and down. Cast straight across and give them a sideways view of the fly. Vary retrives. Strip pause strip pause. Strip strip pause strip strip pause. Just let the fly sit out there. Use small (sz8-10) to medium (sz2-6) streamers single hook and articulated. Olive, black and brown work good and use white and other colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

When fishing nymphs get deep using a heavy fly or split shot with 9ft leader. Adjust your indicator to achieve the right depth. Use two fly set ups. Heavy fly for weight with a smaller second fly. Nymphs with tungsten heads help get the flies down. Adjust weight and depths according to water flows. Golden Stones, Pheasant Tails, Caddis. Use attractor nymphs with hot spots. Frenchies, Sexy Walts, Hot Butts, Pink Squirmies. Sometimes you have to go small sz 18-22.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 3/28/20

Fishing has been good in the catch and release areas of the Deerfield River. Stocking trucks have been busy and some of our smaller rivers will come to life this coming month. Most takes have been subtle so be on top of your game with hook sets. Good Luck!

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs,  Golden or Black Terminator Stone 8-12,14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Sexy Walt 12-16.  McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16.

Streamers: Olive and Gold/White Mini Drunk & Disorderly, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, White/Olive Sculpzilla 8,Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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

When fishing the Deerfield in winter, mid 30’s and sunny is ideal. Long underwear, Fleece pants, rubber or studded soles are recommended. Do not wear felt in winter. Wading staff highly recommended. Use hand warmers on your wrist and toe warmers in your boots. Carry a towel to dry your hands off. Keep as much water as you can off your rod. Wiggle rod to clear off water. In below freezing temps try to fish with a fixed length of line out.

Best access for fishing in the winter is Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. The river tends to run high in the winter months (1,000cfs) so find the soft pockets and eddies close to shore but don’t be afraid to fish faster water occasionally. Fish will be closer to shore if a high release has been consistent.

When fishing streamers use a sink tip line or heavily weighted flies with a short leader (4ft-7.5ft). Vary your retrieves and presentation. Cast 45 degrees down river and swing your fly. Twitch your rod tip making the fly drop back and move up and down. Cast straight across and give them a sideways view of the fly. Vary retrives. Strip pause strip pause. Strip strip pause strip strip pause. Just let the fly sit out there. Use small (sz8-10) to medium (sz2-6) streamers single hook and articulated. Olive, black and brown work good and use white and other colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

When fishing nymphs get deep using a heavy fly or split shot with 9ft leader. Adjust your indicator to achieve the right depth. Use two fly set ups. Heavy fly for weight with a smaller second fly. Nymphs with tungsten heads help get the flies down. Adjust weight and depths according to water flows. Golden Stones, Pheasant Tails, Caddis. Use attractor nymphs with hot spots. Frenchies, Sexy Walts, Hot Butts, Pink Squirmies. Sometimes you have to go small sz 18-22.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 3/12/20

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs,  Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Golden Stone 8-12, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16.  McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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

When fishing the Deerfield in winter, mid 30’s and sunny is ideal. Long underwear, Fleece pants, rubber or studded soles are recommended. Do not wear felt in winter. Wading staff highly recommended. Use hand warmers on your wrist and toe warmers in your boots. Carry a towel to dry your hands off. Keep as much water as you can off your rod. Wiggle rod to clear off water. In below freezing temps try to fish with a fixed length of line out.

Best access for fishing in the winter is Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. The river tends to run high in the winter months (1,000cfs) so find the soft pockets and eddies close to shore but don’t be afraid to fish faster water occasionally. Fish will be closer to shore if a high release has been consistent.

When fishing streamers use a sink tip line or heavily weighted flies with a short leader (4ft-7.5ft). Vary your retrieves and presentation. Cast 45 degrees down river and swing your fly. Twitch your rod tip making the fly drop back and move up and down. Cast straight across and give them a sideways view of the fly. Vary retrives. Strip pause strip pause. Strip strip pause strip strip pause. Just let the fly sit out there. Use small (sz8-10) to medium (sz2-6) streamers single hook and articulated. Olive, black and brown work good and use white and other colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

When fishing nymphs get deep using a heavy fly or split shot with 9ft leader. Adjust your indicator to achieve the right depth. Use two fly set ups. Heavy fly for weight with a smaller second fly. Nymphs with tungsten heads help get the flies down. Adjust weight and depths according to water flows. Golden Stones, Pheasant Tails, Caddis. Use attractor nymphs with hot spots. Frenchies, Sexy Walts, Hot Butts, Pink Squirmies. Sometimes you have to go small sz 18-22.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 2/22/20

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs, McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Golden Stone 8-12, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16.  McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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

When fishing the Deerfield in winter, mid 30’s and sunny is ideal. Long underwear, Fleece pants, rubber or studded soles are recommended. Do not wear felt in winter. Wading staff highly recommended. Use hand warmers on your wrist and toe warmers in your boots. Carry a towel to dry your hands off. Keep as much water as you can off your rod. Wiggle rod to clear off water. In below freezing temps try to fish with a fixed length of line out.

Best access for fishing in the winter is Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. The river tends to run high in the winter months (1,000cfs) so find the soft pockets and eddies close to shore but don’t be afraid to fish faster water occasionally. Fish will be closer to shore if a high release has been consistent.

When fishing streamers use a sink tip line or heavily weighted flies with a short leader (4ft-7.5ft). Vary your retrieves and presentation. Cast 45 degrees down river and swing your fly. Twitch your rod tip making the fly drop back and move up and down. Cast straight across and give them a sideways view of the fly. Vary retrives. Strip pause strip pause. Strip strip pause strip strip pause. Just let the fly sit out there. Use small (sz8-10) to medium (sz2-6) streamers single hook and articulated. Olive, black and brown work good and use white and other colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

When fishing nymphs get deep using a heavy fly or split shot with 9ft leader. Adjust your indicator to achieve the right depth. Use two fly set ups. Heavy fly for weight with a smaller second fly. Nymphs with tungsten heads help get the flies down. Adjust weight and depths according to water flows. Golden Stones, Pheasant Tails, Caddis. Use attractor nymphs with hot spots. Frenchies, Sexy Walts, Hot Butts, Pink Squirmies. Sometimes you have to go small sz 18-22.

Open House

DEERFIELD FLY SHOP
5TH OPEN HOUSE
SATURDAY MARCH 7 9AM-4PM

PRESENTATIONS:
10AM DRY FLY STRATEGIES FOR THE DEERFIELD RIVER BY JAY AYLWARD

12PM DRWTU TELEMETRY STUDY AND FIFE BROOK DAM RELICENSING UPDATE

2PM UNDERSTANDING WATER FLOWS OF HE DEERFIELD,MILLERS AND WESTFIELD RIVERS BY MIKE DIDONNA


RAFFLE $10
FULL DAY FLOAT FOR 2
$50 GIFT CARD AND MORE

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 2/1/20

Nymphs: Pat’s Rubber Legs, McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Golden Stone 8-12, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16.  McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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

When fishing the Deerfield in winter, mid 30’s and sunny is ideal. Long underwear, Fleece pants, rubber or studded soles are recommended. Do not wear felt in winter. Wading staff highly recommended. Use hand warmers on your wrist and toe warmers in your boots. Carry a towel to dry your hands off. Keep as much water as you can off your rod. Wiggle rod to clear off water. In below freezing temps try to fish with a fixed length of line out.

Best access for fishing in the winter is Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Water release schedule for the next day is posted after 5pm. Check again before you head to the river. The river tends to run high in the winter months (1,000cfs) so find the soft pockets and eddies close to shore but don’t be afraid to fish faster water occasionally. Fish will be closer to shore if a high release has been consistent.

When fishing streamers use a sink tip line or heavily weighted flies with a short leader (4ft-7.5ft). Vary your retrieves and presentation. Cast 45 degrees down river and swing your fly. Twitch your rod tip making the fly drop back and move up and down. Cast straight across and give them a sideways view of the fly. Vary retrives. Strip pause strip pause. Strip strip pause strip strip pause. Just let the fly sit out there. Use small (sz8-10) to medium (sz2-6) streamers single hook and articulated. Olive, black and brown work good and use white and other colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment.

When fishing nymphs get deep using a heavy fly or split shot with 9ft leader. Adjust your indicator to achieve the right depth. Use two fly set ups. Heavy fly for weight with a smaller second fly. Nymphs with tungsten heads help get the flies down. Adjust weight and depths according to water flows. Golden Stones, Pheasant Tails, Caddis. Use attractor nymphs with hot spots. Frenchies, Sexy Walts, Hot Butts, Pink Squirmies. Sometimes you have to go small sz 18-22.

Deerfield River Fishing Report 1/10/20

Fishing has been good. Flows have been consistent at 800-1000cfs. Streamer action has been strong. Fish the Fife Brook Dam to Rt2. Fish close to shore and find some slack water and eddies. Good week of weather coming temperature wise. Give us a call or email if you have any questions. We have boats available for anyone looking to get out on the water.

Nymphs: McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Golden Stone 8-12, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Recommended equipment for Winter: 4-6 Weight Rods. WF And sink Tip Lines. 2X-5X Leaders and Tippet. 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 12/14/19

The Deerfield has been running high out of Fife Brook Dam (2000cfs +) With the rain it will stay high but hopefully come down soon. When it does and if you are looking to fish the Deerfield through winter then you want to target the catch and release areas from Fife Brook Dam down to Rt 2.

I will be giving a presentation on how to fish the Deerfield in the Winter. I’ll cover gear, flies water flows and places to fish. It will be held on January 11 from 1pm-2pm. Come join us.

Nymphs: McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Pink Squirmies 12, Golden Stone 8-12, Rainbow Warrior 14-18, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Frenchies 12-16, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Dry/Wet Flies Blue Wing Olive 16-20, Light Cahill 16-18, Cream Usual 14-18, Olive/Tan Caddis 14-18, Purple Adams 14-18, Goddard Caddis 12-14, Tan/Olive Caddis 14-18, Adams/Parachute Adams 14-16Griffith Gnat 18-22, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear 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

Deerfield River Fishing Report 11/27/19

Fishing has remained good this week but you do have to work for them. Woolly Buggers and small to medium streamers have been working well when the bite is slow. Once they turn on nymphing seems to be the way to go. The egg bite has tapered off a bit and they seem to be back on traditional PT, Stonefly and Caddis nymphs. Change up your retrieves and presentation when fishing streamers to see what they like. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nymphs: McCheese/Clown Eggs 14-16, Golden Stone 8-12, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Tan/Olive Mops, Natural/Olive Caddis Puppa/Larvae 12-16, Soft Hackle Caddis Puppa 12-16, OCD Caddis 14-16, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, Red/Copper Johns 12-16, Squirmies 12, Prince Nymph 12-14, Sexy Walt 12-16, Pink/Orange Frenchie 12-16.

Streamers: White/Olive Sculpzilla 8, Woolly Buggers Olive/Black 6-10, Bank Robber 2, Mini Headbangers, Complex Twist Bugger, Heisenberg Baby Bow/Cowboy/White 6,Mini DD, Sculpin Bunny, Black/Brown Rubber Bugger 4.

Dry/Wet Flies Blue Wing Olive 16-20, Light Cahill 16-18, Cream Usual 14-18, Olive/Tan Caddis 14-18, Purple Adams 14-18, Goddard Caddis 12-14, Tan/Olive Caddis 14-18, Adams/Parachute Adams 14-16Griffith Gnat 18-22, Orange/Olive/Natural Hare’s Ear 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