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.

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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