River Reports

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/17/19

Looks like we are in for a good weekend and upcoming week weather wise. Fishing has been good and continues to get better. The Deerfield has been a bit high but if you target the calmer areas you’ll be successful. East Branch Westfield River is at a good flow. Millers and Swift are still high with minimal access. Lots of Hendricksons coming off from about 2pm on except on these cool rainy days. There’s been anglers having good surface action if you are in the right place at the right time. Nymphs and streamers are working best.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, 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. Tan Caddis 16-18. Hendricksons 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, 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

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/9/19

Flows out of Fife Brook Dam have been down to 135-400cfs providing some good wading and float conditions. Hendricksons, Quill Gordons, Tan Caddis and BWO have all been hatching and there been sporadic surface action for anglers on all or rivers. The lower part of the Deerfield River has still been high to really turn on and be accessible to the wade fisher. The Westfield River is at a great flow and fishable. Remember that Ireland St off of Rt143 is closed so you’ll have to follow the detour signs. The Millers River is still cranking along but coming down slowly as is the Swift River. Smaller rivers and streams are prime right now. We could see a quarter inch of rain or more on Friday and Monday. We’ll see what happens.

Pheasant Tail Nymphs 12-18, Natural Hare’s Ear Nymph12-16, 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. Tan Caddis 16-18. Hendricksons 12-16, Cream Usual 12-16, BWO 22-26, 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

Deerfield River Fishing Report 5/3/19

Fishing has been good after the water comes down. On the Deerfield look for some slower moving water on the edges to target. Smaller rivers have been fishing great and the fish are spreading out and setting up in the runs and pools. Swift and Millers Rivers are still to high but the Westfield is coming down nicely. It’s more about presentation right now than matching the hatch. Swinging and stripping streamers and drifting nymphs is getting it done. No real surface activity to speak of yet but we’re seeing BWO and Tan Caddis around.

I have an opening this coming Monday 5/6 for a float trip for anyone interested. We also have open dates in May and June available. Contact us if interested.

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. BWO 22-26, Tan Caddis 16-18.

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 4/26/19

The main rivers are still high. The Deerfield, Millers, Westfield and even the Swift have been blown out to the wade fisher. There are spots to find if you know where you are going. The smaller rivers have really come to life and have been fishing very good. The fish are really crushing buggers and nymphs. Some BWO 22-26 and Caddis 16-18 have been hatching but not much service activity as of yet. Water temp has risen to 48 degrees and it has the fish on the move. I hate to sound like a broken record but this is the time to fish these smaller rivers. They come down fast after a rain storm like we are supposed to get the next couple days. Usually 2-3 days and the are ready to fish. If you are looking to find one of these alternative rivers check the Mass Trout Stocking site then look for the river on the USGS Massachusetts Stream Flow Site. A river that is 20-30 feet across fishes well in the 100-200cfs range.

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. BWO 22-26, Caddis 16-18.

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 4/22/19

The Deerfield and our other main rivers have been quite high this week. It’s a good time to hit some smaller rivers. Fishing has picked up greatly this week. Smaller rivers in the 30 feet wide range fish really good from 100-200cfs. They also tend to drop in 2-3 days to those fishable levels.

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 4/12/19

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