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