Its August and the trout fishing is good here in Western Massachusetts! While area freestone rivers are at 70 degrees the Deerfield and Swift have temperatures in the sixties due to their cold water releases. That being said it’s summer fishing which means fishing early or late in the day for success. Until September I will only be fishing morning or evenings and avoiding the heat and poor fishing of the midday sun! The Deerfield has been awesome for dry fly fishing in the evening with trout taking hopper/dropper offerings savagely as well as small tan caddis(18-22), Cahills (14-16) and midges(24-28). If you like dry fly action in shorts and sandals this is an amazing time to be on the Deerfield. The mornings have been more challenging and mostly for lack of insect activity- indicators and hopper/ dropper has been the way to go in the a.m. While the numbers aren’t what you see in May I’m still putting double digits in the raft on evening trips particularly for anglers that can make a crisp, accurate cast at 30 feet. The night fishing has been awesome too, for those who like to throw a mouse patteren into the darkness 😀. The Swift has been consistent early and late from Cady Lane down but light floro tippets and precise presentations are required.