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Day Time Sulkers are Evening Risers
by Walt Geryk
June 15, 2007

Searching for those big browns, rainbows and brook trout, then the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts is a good choice. All thought there is no guarantee, the opportunity is always there as both day time nymphing with sporadic dry flies continues to result in great fishing. As the evening approaches dry fly action is outstanding and this is when some of the deep bottom sulkers come to the surface to play.
Continuing to use the wooly bugger, but the hare's ear continues to be the top fish getter during the day with a close second stone fly pattern creeping along the bottom. Dusk into evening is showing a mix of dry fly activity eventually turning predominately into prolific caddis hatch. One night or area it may be tan pattern another an olive and last night it was a gray elk hair. There's been no hesitation on the trout's part in taking these caddis patterns, especially once the sun has set and the air is full the flying meals.
River releases dictate our trip and timing, so the drift boat is always ready, but there may be times we'll need to wade for most part. Many of these trips may start out for up to a couple hours of wading, then riding the wave of high water for a few miles, hitting many pools, runs pockets and riffles while drifting to our take out point, casting to holding areas and watching the sun set.

Thinking of a last minute late day / early evening trip like this.
Here's a little information on how you may want to plan it out.

1...Keep track of the flow releases here: Deerfield River Release Forecasts
2...A 3 hour minimum release is a must for a good late day trip a longer release time is even better yet
3...A one to two o'clock release is required (again 3 hours of release needed)
4...Check the Flow Cast report between seven and eight pm the prior night and call me by nine pm to reserve      and to have me answer any questions about the trip
5...The day of the trip, check the report again around ten am, to just reconfirm the power company's forecast,      and call me by eleven am the day of the trip to re-confirm arrangements.

"Drift Boating and Wade Trips in Western Massachusetts All Summer Long! "

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"I asked Walt to put me on fish and did he ever, even in some of the more difficult areas of the Deerfield River he kept his drift boat positioned in prime water for me, wait till my buddies at the fly shops here about this trip, it was just absolutely outstanding!"
Skip Kelly

Skip with a healthy Deerfield River brown trout. All fish released!Jim and another evening Deerfield River brown trout.  All fish Released!

Left is Skip Kelly of Burke VT, on a last minute late day evening float trip on the Deerfield River. Skip's fly fishing experience showed as he's holding a fat healthy brown trout, which fell to a hare's ear nymph, which was one of many fish landed during the trip.
Right is Jim Gariepy of Charlemont, again. Jim just can't seem to get enough time in with Walt on the water and booked up again for an evening of dry fly fishing. Holding another nice brown trout, taken on a gray caddis just after sunset, was Jim's special fish of the evening to go along with a number of nice rainbows.


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