The Deerfield River/Swift River/Hoosic River Report for 11/1/18: The Deerfield has been exceptional for the last couple of weeks with some days eclipsing the 25 fish mark. The red hot streamer bite has turned into an indicator bite as a good portion of the wild browns are actively spawning and the rainbows and non spawning browns are piled up in close proximity eating the eggs that wind up in the drift. So my advice for the next month is run eggs … it’s what’s fer dinner lol. Speaking of spawning browns the Deerfield River Watershed TU is starting the second phase of its spawning study on the Deerfield River. This study is incredibly important in establishing that wild trout are spawning in the mainstem Deerfield and that hydro peaking from the power companies are negatively impacting the spawning trout. The study was designed by MA Fish &Game with technical support from TU National, US Fish and Wildlife, and the USGS. The goal of the second phase is to monitor the redds, install temperature probes, acquire flow velocities over the spawning areas and document redds that are being dewatered and negatively impacted by the up and down flows from hydropeaking. Ultimately if you care about wild fish and bug life you’ll support this effort with a simple $10 donation to the Deerfield Watershed TU. Starting November 4th through the 8th all donations to this study will receive a match of dollars from TU national as part of the Embrace A Stream grant the Deerfield chapter received for this study. Donations of $100 or more will qualify you for a raffled full day float trip with yours truly. Let’s make the Deerfield a better river! Go to the Deerfield Watershed TU’s website, Instagram page or Facebook page for more info and a link to donate. November is my second favorite month of the year, all the area rivers are on fire, trout, pike, landlocked Salmon are all biting hot right now and that will go into December. Take advantage and get some good fishing in before winter settles in.