Deerfield river fly fishing map
Fly Fishing the Deerfield River by Bob Mallard
Fly Fishing: Massachusetts Deerfield River & Westfield Rivers for Trout and more
Deerfield River, Massachusetts Fishing Report
Dry for decades, the 3. Hatch-matching has become important here and on the tailwater below Harriman Dam. Photo: John Randolph. When anglers talk about the Deerfield River, they discuss its trout-filled stretches in western Massachusetts near the Vermont line. But the river's headwaters flow off the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, and few anglers are aware of the wild-trout rebirth going on there.
Copyright James Marsh. It's a series of five dams in located in the state of Massachusetts that control the flow of water. The river actually starts at Haramon Reservoir in Vermont, flows through a section of Massachusetts and eventually into the Connecticut River. There are two "catch and release" areas that are generally the best areas to fish. Although the river is heavily stocked by the state, there are some wild brown and brook trout to be found in its waters.
It is 73 miles long and is known for its many dams which on average are only 7 miles apart. It has many recreational opportunities including whitewater kayaking, swimming near Stillwater Bridge in Deerfield, cliffs for jumping off not recommended, however , canoeing and whitewater paddling as well as trout fishing. These activities make it a popular tourist attraction. Once the Deerfield River enters the state of Massachusetts, the trout fishing becomes good for approximately 8 miles; and the portion that is of most interest to anglers is a 1. This is an especially scenic area with steep hills of feet in elevation on both sides of the river. These hills are covered with spruce, hemlock and birch trees.