The Deerfield River is a perfect level right now. The water levels come down quite a bit from the full day of rain we had a while back. The water is murky and the fish are hitting big flies. After a rainstorm is one of my favorite times to go fly fishing. Some of the larger trout come out into the currents they normally wouldn’t go due to the clear water. This murky water provides these big fish cover from predators but not from me… I landed a 19” rainbow on a hefty gold coned bugger. Oh, and these rainbows fight like trains!
The FLY: Throw big streamers with white tails, anything that makes your fly visible to you and the fish. After a storm there usually is various debris floating on the surface of the water and little to nothing is hatching. Throwing a dry in these conditions isn’t the best thing to do. These big trout want minnows and baitfish. I like to take apart bass lures with reflective material and tie them on the tails of my streamers. Use heavy fly tying materials to get those streamers down. The fish will thank you for it.
I had a great time with Ted on the Deerfield this past friday. Cool guy and really crazy weather. The one thing about summer fly fishing is that it can be rather unpredictable. Sudden rain storms that spring from thin air that part into beautiful sunsets, yes please. I don’t mind fishing in the rain and thankfully neither did Ted. I really dig the evening rises here on the Deerfield. They bring up some big fish and can produce some epic fishing. Big dries for big fish.
I offer evening half day trips on this river. Check out on my guiding page and drop me a line if you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org and lets catch some trout!
Its almost July and the Deerfield is buggy. These warm, humid days have produced some ridiculous hatches in the evenings. So many bugs. The trout are eating everything. Hoppers, caddis, blue winged olives, mayflies and other terrestrials. They love it. Last night I was catching fish up until 9:00pm. Pretty awesome. As the light fades in the evening I throw bigger and fluffier dries. Its important to see what you’re throwing. The fish also don’t mind. I ended the evening with a 19 inch rainbow that broke water three separate times in the moonlight. Life doesn’t get much better than that.
Last week I headed out for a day trip to the EB on the Westfield River with Burke. A cool dude with a killer cast. We set out early and had several browns take as well as a beautiful native brookie. A good day. The EB has slowed down a bit and the fish tend to be scattered. There’s still productive fishing for those who know where to look but the 20+ trout days have been few and far between. Im hoping the early summer brings with it some storms to raise the water level and give some of the bigger fish a chance to move around the river. Fish with the EB with gold bead headed olive wooly buggers and fat fluffy dries. Its brown trout season for sure down there!
I had the pleasure of guiding Andy on the Deerfield River a while back. We headed out for the evening rises that take place around 6:30 or so. The magic hour! So much action on the surface. Using blue winged olives and fluffy dries the rainbows didn’t disappoint. And who knew you can use streamers to retrieve gear that falls into the water. Ah the versatility of flies. This was one hell of an evening!
The EB sure is beautiful this time of year. I headed out not to long ago to the Westfield to catch some brookies and found myself taking more pictures than fish. The EB is teaming with life at every turn. Sometimes its hard to choose between a fly rod and a camera. I guess every once in a while the camera wins.
Oh, and check out the brook trout with the baitfish sticking out of his mouth that went for my streamer… with a fish… sticking out of his mouth. Crazy fish.
I had a great time the other evening teaching Brian and Taylor how to fly fish. Good times with good people.
I offer evening Fly Fishing classes on the Deerfield River. The Deerfield is a perfect classroom to go over Beginner Casting, Flies, Knots, Reading Water and Presentation.
The Price is $90 for three hours for one person, $150 for two. You supply a Massachusetts fishing licence, waders (inexpensive hip boots usually work) or water-shoes and I supply the rest. This is a perfect class for late afternoons and evenings during the spring / summer months.
Contact me at email@example.com and Ill show you the ropes!