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Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies for the Deerfield River
Holdover Rainbow and Brown Trout up to 18 inches and larger are not uncommon in the
Deerfield River. Most of the trout will probably average about 12 to 14 inches.

Fly Line:
All of the fly fishing could be done with a five or six weight floating, weight forward fly line. A
floating line should work fine for any type of fishing you do on the Deerfield River. You
could use a shooting head or sinking tip fly line for special applications.

You should have leaders ranging from size 0X for streamers up to 6X for midges. They
should range from seven and one-half feet to twelve feet in length with nine feet being the
most used length.

You should have spare tippet material in the same sizes as the leaders mentioned above.

Fly Rods:
We recommend a nine foot long fly rod in a medium fast to fast action for the five or six weight

Fly Reels:
The fly reels you use should have a good disc drag. I wouldn't want to hook a large rainbow
or brown trout on a reel with a lousy drag.

I would recommend waders although it is possible to fish from the bank.

Wading Boots:
Felt soles work fine for this stream but you may want to consider the newer rubber soles to
help prevent the spread of didymo.

Wading Staff:
A wading staff would be a good thing to have if you get caught in rising, fast water from
sudden discharges of water from the dams.

Trout Flies:
We recommend Perfect Flies for the Deerfield River. You can access our hatch chart and
select the particular flies you need based on the time you will be fishing. We have specific
imitations of all the major aquatic insects that exist in the Deerfield River in all stages of life.
We also have imitations of all the major terrestrial insects as well as baitfish, sculpin and
crustaceans. We hope you will give our flies an opportunity to work for you. You will be glad
you did.
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