Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for the Deerfield River Massachusetts
The power plant at Fife Brook Dam keeps a minimum flow of water to keep the trout cool even
during the hot summer months. When they begin to discharge water it can rise as much as
two feet in a very short time. The schedule of releases is not set in stone. You need to keep
an eye out at all times when you are wading for rises in the water. The best way to do this is
to pick out a visible object above the water such as a weird shaped rock and note where the
water strikes it. If you notice and change in the level on the rock, beware and get to the bank
until you can determine the extent of the rise in the water level.
If you are fishing when a hatch is occurring by all means fish the hatch but that is often not
the case. When you do not observe trout rising it is more productive to fish a nymph or larvae
imitation. If a hatch is supposed to occur in the near future, fish a nymph or larvae that imitate
the insect that is going to hatch soon. They are far more subject to being eaten by trout than
those that are hidden down under and between the rocks.
Imitations of midge larvae and pupae are always a good choice fly to use. They hatch
throughout the year. If the water is slightly off color due to recent rains, be certain to try some
streamers. They will work anytime but better anytime the water is slightly stained. The large
brown and rainbow trout eat baitfish and sculpin so this is always a good fly selection.
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