The Deerfield River/Swift River Fly Fishing Report for 7/28/16

The Deerfield River Fly Fishing Report for 7/26/16: Fishing on the Deerfield has been decent over the last week in spite of the drought and hot weather- float trips have been producing good numbers of fish- nothing crazy but at least 10-12 shots a float on big dries. If you temper your expectation level and take stock of the beautiful weather then it’s actually quite good compared to the abysmal conditions on most rivers in our from the drought. As you’d expect the best fishing is early morning (EARLY !!) and late in the day with some good fishing happening under the cover of darkness. I saw some small caddis around last night ( tan 20-22) in decent numbers so take note of that and as always on the Deerfield and Swift plenty of midge activity. Terrestrials are a mainstay this time of year- fishing black ants on top or subsurface can get the fishing eating. Buggers have started working again too after weeks of no love- pattern fatigue is a reality ! Getting back to night fishing- there are huge browns in the DF and the Swift and there are huge Brookies in the Swift too ( over 20 inches ), try a mouse pattern on a dark night, you may find the dainty fish of the Swift become savages under the cover of darkness ! The summer is winding down ( I didn’t say that did I ? ) so get out and try the night shift- you’ve got all winter to sleep ! Tight Lines !photo (1)

Regal Vise Owner Don Barnes with a nice 'bow

Regal Vise Owner Don Barnes with a nice ‘bow

Monster Deerfield River Wild Brown

Monster Deerfield River Wild Brown