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Deerfield River Fishing Report 2/1/19

It looks like we are in for a warm up over the next few days. Fishing has been slow with the really cold temps and high water. They were dropping the water down a bit in the beginning of the week but we’ll have to see what they do. The C&R areas are the fishable areas currently. Everything down river from Charlemont is iced up and to high. If you want to learn about the waterflows of the Deerfield and how to fish it at all levels then come to our Open House on March 9. I will be giving a presentation on this subject.

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Release schedules for the Fife Brook Dam are no longer being posted on waterline. They are now posted here https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Chart, Green and Clown Eggs 14, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12,  Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink Squirmies 12. Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4.

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: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22 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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 1/4/19

Happy New Year! The fishing has been good in the C&R areas below the Fife Brook Dam. This is the area to concentrate on during the winter months. During high flows or water release times target the slower moving water close to shore. Nymphing has been producing the best results.

Release schedules for the Fife Brook Dam are no longer being posted on waterline. They are now posted here https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22

Clown Eggs 14, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12,  Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Prince Nymph 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink Squirmies 12. Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4, 

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: https://www.safewaters.com/facility/22 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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 12/21/18

We were having a pretty good stretch of no rain until today and now the rivers are back up. Clown eggs, Squirmies and Sexy Walt’s were working well this week. Come in on Saturdays at 10am and tie flies until the water comes back down.

We are closed 12/24 – 12/26 and 12/31 – 1/2. Happy Holidays

Clown Eggs 14, Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12,  Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink Squirmies 12.

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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 12/14/18

Egg flies have been working well on the Deerfield. Focus on the catch and release areas below the Fife Brook Dam. Make sure you fish in close to shore before stepping into the river. We have been getting fish in shallow water with some current to it. Streamers are effective with a slow presentation.

Fly Tying every Saturday at 10am. Please join us.

Clown Eggs 14, Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12,  Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink Squirmies 12.

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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 12/7/18

Target the larger pools and slower moving water. Catch and release areas below the Fife Brook Dam are the best areas and will continue to be throughout the colder months. Mid day 10am-2pm when the water starts to warm a bit is the best time to fish. Sink tip lines or heavily weighted flies are good to have during the releases.

Fly tying every Saturday at 10am. Beginner class Sunday 12/23. Call or stop in to sign up.

Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4,  Chart/Tan Mops 10-12,  Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink Squirmies 12.

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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 11/28/18

The Deerfield has been running at 900cfs around the clock but the fishing has been good. Target the slower pools and slow edges. The catch and release areas below the Fife Brook Dam is the area to fish during the colder months. Rumor has it the flows will be dropping for a period of time this coming weekend so TU can conduct their trout spawning study. If you prefer the lower flows then this is the time you may want to check it out.

Nymphs and streamers low and slow is the key now. PT’s 12-18, Stoneflies 6-12, Caddis 10-14, Eggs 14, Squirmies 12, Frenchies 12-16 and other attractor flies are working good. Wooly Buggers, Sculpin Bunny, Heisenbergs, Sculpzillas are all good streamers to be using. Get them down deep and try to slow them up.

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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 11/17/18

The Fife Brook dam has been dropping down to 130cfs and there have been normal releases of 800-1000cfs. Check the water release schedule before you head out.

The Swift river is almost 300cfs due to the overflow of water from the Quabbin. Fishing has been good there. The dry fly action has remained active here. BWO 26-30

The Westfield is approaching a fishable level and it isn’t to late to fish  this river.

The Millers is still way high and may not come down for a while.

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Egg Patterns, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6, Olive/Black/ Natural Sculpins 4-6, Mini DD 4, Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle 12-18, Olive Quill Nymph 14-18, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink/Red/Green Squirmies 12, BWO 16-18, Caddis 12-16

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!

Swift River Fishing Report 11/7/18

Most of our rivers have been blown out from all the rain. Luckily the Swift is fishable and is currently at 140cfs due to the overflow. Small BWO 26-30, Orange/Olive Soft Hackles 16-20 and Eggs have been the flies of choice but don’t hesitate to give them a bigger offering. The fish seemed to be concentrated from the dam down to the pipe but you can find fish in lesser numbers further down.

Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6, Olive/Black/ Natural Sculpins 4-6, Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle 12-18, Olive Quill Nymph 14-18, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink/Red/Green Squirmies 12, BWO 16-18, Caddis 12-16

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!

Deerfield River Fishing Report 11/2/18

Tomorrow 11/3 10am-12pm we start our Saturday open fly tying sessions. It may be a good day to tie with the 1″ + rainfall they are predicting tonight. Fishing has been good and we’ve had a good week of wadeable flows. Lets hope they return soon. The Swift will be your best option for this weekend.

Small to medium streamers and nymphs have been the fish getters. Vary your retrieves and presentations on your streamers. Adjust your depth when nymphing. This doesn’t always have to be deeper. Try decreasing your depth at times. Fish have been up towards the surface when normally we would think to go deeper.

Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6, Olive/Black/ Natural Sculpins 4-6, Hare’s Ear Soft Hackle 12-18, Olive Quill Nymph 14-18, Chart/Tan Mops 10-12, Pheasant Tail and Olive wet flies 12-16, Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Sexy Walt 12-16, Copper Johns 12-16, Pink/Orange Hot Spot Nymphs 12-16, Rainbow Warriors 14-18,  Pink/Red/Green Squirmies 12, BWO 16-18, Caddis 12-16

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!

FLY TYING

Every Saturday at 10am come in  and tie flies. We will open our area for anyone interested in coming to tie flies and to socialize with other tiers. It’s a great way to learn new stuff and all abilities are welcome. You do need to bring (or purchase) your own equipment and materials. No sign up necessary.

Open House Saturday March 9 9AM – 4PM

Join us for our annual Open House Event.

10:30 Eric Halloran Vice President of DRWTU will be presenting an update on their Trout Spawning Study and FERC relicensing process.

12:30 Mike Didonna Understanding The Water Releases And Flows Of The Deerfield River. Come to a better understanding of the water releases and flows from Fife Brook Dam to Deerfield.

We will be raffling off a Full Day Float Trip and more. $20.00/ticket

Fly tiers and more.