Deerfield River

Charlemont, Massachusetts

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Fish early. Let floaters ride the crest. Fish late. Type of stream: Tailwater. It seems that every few miles of the Deerfield River carries a small hydro dam operated by Northeastern Utilities. Holdovers are increasingly common in these fast, cold waters, especially in the two runs designated for catch-and-release. While the Deerfield rises in Vermont’s Green Mountains and joins the Connecticut below Greenville, the portion of the river that attracts most interest is the eightmile stretch from the Route 2 bridge at Mohawk Campground upstream to Fife Brook Dam. The river follows a riffle, run, and pool pattern through a narrow gorge with low mountains rising 1,400 feet on either side. Spruce, hemlock, and birch climb the hillsides and ferns carpet the forest floor. In spring, pick a basket of fiddleheads, fish the catch-and-release sections, keep maybe one or two trout from the put-and-take section, and enjoy a New England dinner as fresh as the breath of spring. Species: Brown, rainbow, occasional brook. Angling methods: Spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Fish early. Let floaters ride the crest. Fish late. Type of stream: Tailwater. It seems that every few miles of the Deerfield River carries a small hydro dam operated by Northeastern Utilities. Holdovers are increasingly common in these fast, cold waters, especially in the two runs designated for catch-and-release. While the Deerfield rises in Vermont’s Green Mountains and joins the Connecticut below Greenville, the portion of the river that attracts most interest is the eightmile stretch from the Route 2 bridge at Mohawk Campground upstream to Fife Brook Dam. The river follows a riffle, run, and pool pattern through a narrow gorge with low mountains rising 1,400 feet on either side.

Spruce, hemlock, and birch climb the hillsides and ferns carpet the forest floor. In spring, pick a basket of fiddleheads, fish the catch-and-release sections, keep maybe one or two trout from the put-and-take section, and enjoy a New England dinner as fresh as the breath of spring. Species: Brown, rainbow, occasional brook. Angling methods: Spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Charlemont
Access: Easy to Moderate
Season & Limits: Year-round
Local Maps: Massachusetts DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Deerfield River

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