Water flow: 2300
Visibility: 38 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 41 Degrees F
Water condition: Clear
Best time of day to fish: Midday
Best stretch: Fife to shelburne falls
Best access point: In Deerfield: Rte 91 Bridges to Old Deerfield has geat fly fishing water and many good public access areas along the river with easy walking to many productive pools, runs and riffles.... Florida to Shelburne: From Greemfield, just follow the river along Rte 2 to the many public access areas taht also lead to productive fly fishing waters. Once into Charlemont, follow the river along River Road to additional access and the two Deerfield River Fly Fishing Catch and Release Sections.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
Midges Stones Caddis
Fish species: Trout
Fishing season: Spring.....sorta....
Nearest airport: Bradley International and Albany International
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 5 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: WF Trout Fly Line
Best sinking fly line: Class V Sink Tip Fly Line
The Deerfield River is a tail water that originates in Vermont and flows into Massachusetts in Monroe. The river is fairly large averaging around 1000 cubic feet per second depending on Dam releases. There are times when wading is easier at lower flows generally in the evening in morning. Floating in a raft or pontoon boat is a great way to experience all sections of this river during appropriate flows. ...
This is truly a twelve month river and fishes well all year. Most productive months are April through December. January, February, and March will produce lower numbers of fish but these are the months when larger wild browns are an everyday occurrence. The state of Massachusetts stocks the river from April through October which increases fish populations in summer months. There are both wild brown trout and wild rainbow trout reproducing in the watershed, along with a huge number of holdover stocked fish make for ample opportunity to catch fish. Wild brook trout are few and far between but you will find them in all sections of the river system.
The Deerfield can be a challenging river to fish due to flow changes from the more than a dozen dams on the river. If the flow changes are utilized anglers can use them to catch fish effectively all the time. Paying attention to dam forecasts and USGS gauges increase success and accessibility on the whole river system. There are numbers of tributaries that have more consistent and natural flows that also hold populations of trout year round.
While the upper reaches of the Deerfield river hold trout species only, the lower river offers opportunities for all three species of trout, smallmouth bass and nice runs of American Shad during the summer months. The lower river also has fluctuating levels due to dam releases. From Shelburne Falls down stream the dam releases seem to be less dramatic and usually come up and down less than the upper river.
At any given time throughout the year there are opportunities to catch fish on nymphs, streamers, or dry flies on the Deerfield. Even in the dead of winter there are trout rising in certain places on the river. The tail water dams keep the river cool in the summer and a little warmer in the winter. One quality about this watershed is that it produces quality fish all year round and that is not an easy thing to find in New England. The erratic flows keep crowds away and fish feeding aggressively. It is not uncommon to fish all day without seeing any other anglers. The high flows do complicate wade fishing but if anglers pay attention to flows there are always places for wading and drifting year round.
During summer months the Deerfield can experience heavy boater and tube traffic. There are a number of river sections that are very difficult to access by boat and should be sought out by anglers to avoid heavy traffic weekends.
The diversity of water types the Deerfield offers is one of the rivers great attributes. A fisherman can fish fast water, slow water, pocket water, dry flies, wet flies all in the same day and have success doing all of them. Flies range from huge sculpins imitations to hatch matching mayfly patterns during sulphur and Hendrickson hatches!
Big dries/droppers in the fast water, at high water during the warmer months!! Attractor nymphs such as worms, eggs, big ptails, big caddis in the deeper slower water in the colder months! Fast sink tips(atleast 25 ft sink tip) full sink lines working really well with olive and black streamers. Float Trips: 9' and 10' ft 5 and 6 wt rods suggested WadeTrips: 9' to 10' 4 5 or 6 wt rods suggested ** indicator/bobber preference for the Deerfield would be medium pink or orange THINGAMABOBBERS!
Water temps are pretty low and fish will remain in the slower runs over the next couple weeks.