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!