River Reports

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

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