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Snapshots

  1. Riparian canopy

    Snapshot Title: Riparian canopy
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Streamside hardwoods, many of which are maple, provide good habitat for emerging aquatic insects. Not too far from this spot I timed the flights of emerging sulphur mayflies during a June evening. I...



  2. High Water Mark

    Snapshot Title: High Water Mark
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Due to frequent upstream (1/3 mile) dam releases, the water level fluctuates between a low flow of 125 CFS and, under normal conditions, 6501200 CFS when water is released. The flow level when this ...



  3. Long Pool

    Snapshot Title: Long Pool
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This is the start of a long slow stretch. Long Pool, sometimes called the Swimming Pool? Not a bad place to fish when water is high. Fish will rise along far bank, and occasional rises in the middle...



  4. Cruisers

    Snapshot Title: Cruisers
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    It's common to see cruising trout rise in the still water of this eddy. Not easy to catch them.



  5. Good nymph water

    Snapshot Title: Good nymph water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Getting the fly deep here can produce big fish.



  6. Shallow but productive

    Snapshot Title: Shallow but productive
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Still good holding water here, though it is shallow during low water periods.



  7. A reliable spot

    Snapshot Title: A reliable spot
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Good shelter for trout along these rocks. Although the currents can be tricky, the faster water is a little more forgiving than the quiet water just upstream. Trout will often hit the fly just as it s...



  8. Trout rock

    Snapshot Title: Trout rock
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Trout will hold above and below this rock.



  9. Tough lie

    Snapshot Title: Tough lie
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This stretch and just below it can be quite difficult. Trout will rise in the slow water just beyond a fairly fast seam. It's difficult to get a good float here.



  10. Educated fish

    Snapshot Title: Educated fish
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    The Diamond Drill pool attracts a lot of anglers. Trout get real smart here fast. Frustrating days are not uncommon.



  11. Deep Water

    Snapshot Title: Deep Water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    A deep trough runs through the middle of this stretch. Trout will rise through the water column to take a dry fly.



  12. Caddis habitat.

    Snapshot Title: Caddis habitat.
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    The Deerfield is an excellent caddisfly river. small tan or ginger caddis can be found in June. On August 20, 2012, on an otherwise quiet night (few flies, fewer rises), several of us used aquarium ...



  13. Prime holding water

    Snapshot Title: Prime holding water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    You can sometimes find trout here near, far, and in between. Short , medium and long casts can all pick up trout - or suffer refusals.



  14. Trout holding water

    Snapshot Title: Trout holding water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Good holding water here. Sometimes trout wll lie in surprisingly shallow and apparently featureless water near the inside bank (on your left looking upstream). I make it a point to fish the shallow ...



  15. Riffles

    Snapshot Title: Riffles
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    A good spot for mating mayfly spinners.



  16. Streamside cobbles

    Snapshot Title: Streamside cobbles
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    Normally you might expect smaller streamside rocks on the inside bend of a river. But this area is subject to frequent high flows, as water is released from Fife Brook dam not far upstream. Release le...



  17. Flat water

    Snapshot Title: Flat water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This is the tail end of a long flat. Often good rises in this smooth water but several such flat shallow spots warm the river in summer and low water. This puts stress on trout further downstream from...



  18. Low Water

    Snapshot Title: Low Water
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    FLows are about 120 CFS. Compare this shoreline with a June 2010 photo at 900CFS:
    www.gigapan.org/gigapans/52058/



  19. First sign of fall

    Snapshot Title: First sign of fall
    Taken by: Jerry Schoen

    Image: Deerfield River, Diamond Drill pool August 5 2011
    Image Owner: Jerry Schoen



    Description:

    This tree is beginning to show autumn colors well in advance of the season. Probably stressed. Other signs of late summer include blooming joe pye weed, Queen Anne's Lace and goldenrod. The joe pye:
    h...