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Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/12/19

Update 4/16 Rivers are very high and best to wait a few days until they come down. I will update conditions on Friday.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Caddis Nymph 10-16, 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.

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

Deerfield River Fishing Report 4/9/19

Water temp has come up a couple of degrees (40-42) this week and the fish are starting to move. The water remains clear from Fife Brook Dam down to the Cold River confluence. Down river from then on is quite dirty all the way down river to the CT. There is also a lot more water the further down river you go towards Charlemont with the additional water coming in from the tributaries. I’ll write another report on Friday with an update on clarity and flows.

This is also the time to fish smaller rivers and tributaries. They tend to drain out quicker and become fishable sooner than the bigger rivers like the Deerfield. Some are starting to get stocked and you’ll never know if a hold over or wild fish is holding in that fishy spot unless you try it!

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

It’s been 50/50 for nymphs and streamers. Some strike viciously and others you have to drift the fly right into their mouth.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Black Hare’s Ear 14-18, 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. 

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Headbanger Sculpins, Sculpin Bunnie’s, Complex Twist Buggers can all get some quality fish. Get the flies down deep whether nymphing or chucking meet. Chuck something colorful or white at times as well.

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 4/5/19

Stocking trucks have been out on the upper river in the catch and release areas. Water is still quite cold at 38-40 degrees but will gradually start warming with better weather. Next weeks weather is looking decent and they have been dropping the water out of Fife during the day. Always check before heading out.

The Swift is hovering at 350cfs and above Rt9 is still the most accessible. The Millers is high and will remain high for a while. The East Branch of the Westfield River is sill snowy and hard to access. you’ll need to find an alternate route if you come off off Rt143 normally. the bridge on Ireland St is under construction.

We are booking up fast for April and May so give us a holler if you want to book a trip with us.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Black Hare’s Ear 14-18, 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. 

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Headbanger Sculpins, Sculpin Bunnie’s, Complex Twist Buggers can all get some quality fish. Get the flies down deep whether nymphing or chucking meet.

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 3/30/19

We’re having to work pretty hard for the fish we are getting. Water temp is only 38-40 and I think a bit of a warm up will really get em going. The state has been out stocking the Deerfield and Swift this week.

We are booking up fast for April and May so give us a holler if you want to book a trip with us.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural/Olive Caddis Nymphs 10-16, Black/Brown/Golden Stones 8-12, Black Hare’s Ear 14-18, 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. 

Woolly Buggers 6-10, Headbanger Sculpins, Sculpin Bunnie’s, Complex Twist Buggers can all get some quality fish. Get the flies down deep whether nymphing or chucking meet.

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 3/16/19

Warmer weather is upon us. Water is still quite cold 40-42 degrees. Buggers and streamers have been putting a few fish in the net. Some are suttle strikes and others are vicious takes. Heavy flies or a sink tip line is helpful to get down to the fish. This is the time of year you can get into quality fish. Check waterflows before you head out.

With the warmer weather the runoff will come. The Millers was fishable but has now gone back up. The Swift is slowly coming down and more access points will open up.

Olive Sculpin Bunny4, Sculpzillas 4-8, Olive/Black Woolly Buggers 6-10, Heisenbergs 6,  Mini DD 4, Mini Headbangers 4. 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. 

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 3/5/19

Looks like we are in for a bit of a warm up at the end of the week. Fishing will start to pick up as the water temps increase. Think Spring!

If you are looking to get a better understanding of the Deerfield River and its’ water flows then come to our Open House on March 9. I will be giving a presentation at 12:30pm on this subject.

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.

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 2/19/19

If you are looking to get a better understanding of the Deerfield River and its’ water flows then come to our Open House on March 9. I will be giving a presentation at 12:30pm on this subject.

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 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.

10% OFF any guided trip booked and purchased in full for 2019. Offer is valid until March 1. Give us a call to book your trip or for more info.

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!