2. The ever so popular Deerfield River is hidden deep in the hills
of northwest Massachusetts. It starts from Harmon reservoir
and flows into the Connecticut River below Turner falls in
Greenland. The river is 73 miles long and it offers numerous
recreational opportunities for the tourists in every season.
Some of the popular activities are swimming near Stillwater
Bridge, kayaking, water paddling, canoeing, jumping of the cliff
(not recommended though) and trout fishing.
3. As the River enters the state of Massachusetts, trout fishing becomes a pure
delight for the fishermen. The 1.6 miles river stretch running from the
boulder strewn Long Pool at the Fife Brook Dam to the Boston & Maine
Railroad trestle is an object of interest for the anglers. Also, the area of
railroad underpass stretching to Mohawk Campgrounds is known for the
scenic beauty. The hills here are covered with birch trees, spruce and
4. There are two floatable stretches in the Deerfield trout
water that have steady streams of mayflies, stoneflies,
and caddis throughout the year for the trout fish to
feed on. Tourists looking to try their hand at fishing can
actually have a ball at this place! The Deerfield river
water flows through a variety of terrains, right from
rough pocket and deep pools with riffles to a fairly
smooth one. Due to the cool waters, the river actually
provides a kind of cover in the form of crevices in large
rocks for the large trout to hide. Deerfield River stocks
large number of trout like large brown holdovers that
are approximately 20 inches long and rainbow trout
that are up to 15 inches long. Therefore, fishing can
really be a rewarding experience for people.
6. One needs to go through all the fishing regulations
before heading out for fishing. Also, one thing to
remember that as the season grows longer, the fish
becomes cleverer. During the peak season, the place
becomes quite crowded and you need to know how to
deal with the same and make your way to the fishing
7. Fishing in the Deerfield River:
Deerfield River has generous hatches of blue quills,
tricos, caddis flies and light cahills. The trick is to be
able to fish the hatch and you will see the rising trout. If
that doesn’t work for you, there is a good chance that
you can be successful at fishing a larvae or nymph
imitation. Pupae and midge larvae are a good catch
because of their ample availability all through the year.
8. The river route
The upper part of Deerfield has different varieties of fish like brown trout, brook and
wild rainbow trout. On the lower part, one can find different types of stocked trout,
dace, walleye, shad and small mouth bass. The best thing about the river is that it is
floatable in all the four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter, from Vermont border
to the Connecticut River. However, the environmental changes and challenges cause
the water level change continuously which makes it quite difficult for the beginners
and first time whitewater river runners.
9. However, one can definitely get the best of fishing experience on
navigating class III and class IV rapids. Some sections that are
difficult to access can be made easy by using winch in and winch
out equipment. Low water conditions can destroy wooden drift
and fiberglass boats. There are large inflatable fly-fishing rafts as
well as pontoon boats like Schadden and Autcast that are safe to
use in float trips in the river. Inflatable rafts can skillfully handle
fluctuating water levels, steep river banks and long hauls to and
from launches and takeouts. All you need is the right equipment,
rowing skills and determination to get it right and you are ready
to take on the Deerfield River floating challenge.
Large inflatable fly-fishing rafts and pontoon boats (like those
from AIRE, Scadden, and Outcast) are safer bets for float trips.
Inflatable rafts can easily handle fluctuating water levels, as well
as access issues such as long hauls to and from launches and
takeouts, and steep riverbanks. With the right equipment,
practiced rowing skills, and determination, you can float most
sections of the Deerfield River.
The season starts in April when you get black
caddis followed by grey caddis in May and
brown one sin June. Be prepared to walk since it
will be crowded and hatch as closely as possible.
This is an ideal season for fishing and be
prepared to face the crowd for fishing. The
season sees hatches of blue quills sulphurs and
13. Fall and winter:
The onset of fall is an excellent time to fish in the Deerfield River.
The nature turns gold during this time with leaves changing their
colors to orange and yellow. The brown sculpin is the primary
catch of the season. Trout can also be caught in midge patterns
in this season.
14. Fishing guide for the readers:
Deerfield River is a perfect destination for a wonderful fishing
experience. You can do fishing sitting on the banks or while
floating in the river. Usually, serious anglers prefer fishing from a
boat since one can cover a large area. The fishing experience can
be easy or quite difficult depending on various factors. There is a
power plant that monitors the flow of water so as to keep the
water cool irrespective of the season. This ensures that the trout
is found abundantly in the river. The water level can ride up to
two feet when the water is released. One needs to keep an eye
on the changing water levels. You can easily do this by picking
out a visible object above the water level and notice the point
where water is striking. This way, you can safely get to the bank
before water goes up to high level.