Deerfield River/Swift River Fishing Report for 11/8/16

Gift Certificates for your favorite Fly Fisherman/Fly Angler available for the Holidays !! The Deerfield River/Swift River Report for 11/6: Fishing over the last week on the Deerfield and the Swift was very good, with afternoon midge hatches (black size 24, grey size 24-28) and rising fish taking dries which may last another week or two if the warm weather continues. There is a smattering of tiny BWO’s on the overcast days (24-26) but I don’t expect that to last much longer. The same is true on the Swift. All in all, trips were solid with 8-15 fish days and sometimes more- fish came on dries, san juans, mop flies, pheasant tails, bwo nymphs, and small streamers. I’ve seen evidence of spawning redds so expect egg patterns to rise to the top of the list soon as eggs become part of the food drift – remember trout love caviar ! Out in NYS the lack of steelhead is still a bummer, rain is a big part of that but it seems clear that there are significant problems that need to be addressed- overharvesting in both the lakes and the tributaries is one that can be controlled by the state- weather, invasive species, climate change are a bit more difficult to tackle. I don’t want to give away spots but the old saying “Go West young angler” is still true this season as it was the last. There are plenty of open dates and the fishing will be good right into December- tight lines!IMG_0206FullSizeRender (3)photo (1)