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!

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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.

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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