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