Fall is a great time to get out on the water. There are fewer people fishing, as many are chasing deer instead. And, the fish can be brilliantly colored. Here are a few memorable ones from the past. So, a friendly heads-up that MassWildlife has stocked the Deerfield, Squannacook and Nissitissit (current status report here).
Midge emergers did well for me during a fun over-nighter at the Deerfield and Farmington (here). In fact, two patterns absolutely crushed it. At tailwaters, midges hatch year-round. They’re important bugs for trout, particularly when there isn’t a heavy hatch of something else happening. At the Deerfield, a size 24 Roger Hill’s Stillborn Midge was
It was a marathon fishing trip! Details: 10+ hours of fishing per day, PB&Js for lunch, and oodles of fish on dries and wets. Also: friends, laughs and much gratitude. A multi-day fishing trip was in order, given that my work slows down during holidays like July 4th, and my family was out of town
For my Sunday outing at the Deerfield (a write-up on Saturday here), I awoke absurdly early, mindful of how I had been shut out at Salmon River tribs when I didn’t get up early enough. I am a very early riser naturally, but some anglers are something else. Gunners. The paranoia was unwarranted. I didn’t