Announcements

Women’s Fly Fishing Retreat Second Session

Due to popular demand, the Deerfield Fly Shop is excited to announce we have added a second session of our Women’s Fly Fishing Retreat on July 9 and 10.

This retreat is aimed at beginner fly fishers, but intermediates who want to brush up or reinforce their skills are welcome as well.

On Friday, July 9, Cynthia Harkness of Fearless Fly Fishing, who has more than ten years experience teaching fly fishing and guiding clients on both fresh and salt water, will cover all the basics of fly fishing. From putting a rod together and rigging it up to selecting a fly and tying it on to casting that bug out there and where to cast it, Cynthia will guide you through the process. She will cover the basic gear and terminology, knots, hands-on casting instruction, fish feeding and behavior, and more over three hours on Friday afternoon.

On Saturday we will reconvene for a half-day float trip down the Deerfield River where our professional guides will get you on the river and help you put into action everything Cynthia went through the day before.

The cost for the Retreat is $300 per person and includes use of all equipment, the Friday seminar with Cynthia Harkness and a half day float on the Deerfield River, guide tip included. In addition, all participants will get 10 percent off anything in the shop and there will be special deals on starter fly fishing equipment packages. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to save your spot.

COVID regulations are in flux but we will be following the latest advice from the state and CDC. Be prepared to wear masks and practice social distancing. The venue for the Friday session may be changed to account for the safest practices at the time of the event.

Beginner and Intermediate Casting Clinics in April and May

Master casting instructor Jim Dowd will lead casting clinics for beginning and intermediate casters over the next two months. These are all individual classes and each class is limited to four participants. The beginner classes are FREE! Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register.

Beginning Fly Casting

These classes focus on brand new to beginner casters. We go over the fundamentals of fly casting and how and why it works. Participants will learn the basic casts: the pick up and lay down and the roll cast. These casts are the foundations of basically all fly casts. We will offer individual classes on:

Thursday, April 22 at 5:30 pm

Saturday, April 24 at 10 am

Thursday, May 20 at 5:30 pm

Saturday, May 22 at 10 am

Intermediate Fly Casting

This class is for folks who have some proficiency with basic fly casting and are looking to expand their repertoire of casts. Jim will teach the Reach Cast, the Tuck Cast and the Single Haul. There is a fee of $25 for this class and it is limited to six. The class will run Saturday, May 1 at 10 am. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register.

Ladies’ Fly Fishing Retreat

Ladies, always wanted to give fly fishing a shot but didn’t know where to start? Gentlemen, is there a woman in your life—mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend—who you know would love to start fly fishing? Then come join us for two days of fly fish immersion on the Deerfield River!

On May 7 and 8, the Deerfield Fly Shop is hosting its first ever Ladies’ Fly Fishing Retreat. This retreat is aimed at beginner fly fishers, but intermediates who want to brush up or reinforce their skills are welcome as well.

On Friday, May 7, Cynthia Harkness of Fearless Fly Fishing, who has more than ten years experience teaching fly fishing and guiding clients on both fresh and salt water, will cover all the basics of fly fishing. From putting a rod together and rigging it up to selecting a fly and tying it on to casting that bug out there and where to cast it, Cynthia will guide you through the process. She will cover the basic gear and terminology, knots, hands-on casting instruction, fish feeding and behavior, and more over three hours on Friday afternoon/evening.

On Saturday we will reconvene for a half-day float trip down the Deerfield River where our professional guides will get you on the river and help you put into action everything Cynthia went through the day before.

The cost for the Retreat is $300 per person and includes use of all equipment, the Friday seminar with Cynthia Harkness and a half day float on the Deerfield River, guide tip included. In addition, all participants will get 10 percent off anything in the shop and there will be special deals on starter fly fishing equipment packages.

COVID regulations are in flux but we will be following the latest advice from the state and CDC. Be prepared to wear masks and practice social distancing. The venue for the Friday session may be changed to account for the safest practices at the time of the event.

Next Level Bass Flies with Jay Aylward

It’s just past sunset and the water has turned to glass. The only sounds are the leopard frogs and your popper making its way across the surface along the edge of a weed bed. You hear the crack of a pop top behind you, signaling that you have approximately 12 ounces and counting left on your turn in the casters seat. You scan the horizon and you think you see a wake near a clump of grass. Your fly hits the water with a SPLAT! You pause and let the fly sit there as the rings dissipate. You give the fly one POP! Followed by a pause. GULP! Is what you hear as you watch your fly disappear….

Bass fly guide and tyer Jay Aylward is teaching a foam head bass class through the Deerfield Fly Shop on Tuesday, March 30th at 7 pm. Be the envy of your friends by learning the tricks to making and fishing bass flies that fool mega bass. This is an online class and we will be using surface seducer popper heads. In addition, we will cover a Swingin’ D style fly that Jay uses with a sinking line to fool both largemouth and smallmouth bass. 

This class will be on Zoom and space is limited to six students. Class will be appropriately 3 hours of instruction. $35 for the class. Material kits are available through the shop for $50. These kits include enough materials to tie several flies as well as helping you build your bass fly material library. Contact brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to reserve your spot now—this class is limited to six and will fill quickly! You can either pick up the material kits in the shop or if you act soon, we can get them in the mail so you have them by class time.

February and March Fly Tying

Deerfield River Fly Box

An informational and tying series.

I will be sitting down, online, with shop guides over the next three weeks to talk about some of our favorite fly patterns for the Deerfield River and how to tie and fish them. The sessions will meet Wednesdays, February 10, 17 and 24, at 7 pm. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register and get the link. The sessions are free.

Jay Aylward and I will discuss streamers on February 10, Eric Halloran and I will talk wets and nymphs on February 17 and then it’s Jay and I again on February 24 to help you get your dry fly box in order. We will discuss some of our go-to patterns, how we tie them,  and how and when we fish them. We will demonstrate a handful of ties and field questions throughout. Tying experience is only necessary if you want to tie your own; there should be helpful information for non-tyers as well.

Virtual Drop-In Tying

Join us on Thursday, February 11 and Thursday, March 11 at 7 pm for a drop-in tying session. There is no set agenda other than offering an opportunity for folks to tie together, learn from one another, and enjoy a little fly tying camaraderie! The sessions are free.

To join, click this link: https://meet.google.com/urm-usnk-aay at the scheduled time.
Otherwise, to join by phone, dial +1 252-379-2791 and enter this PIN: 558 614 525#
To view more phone numbers, click this link: https://tel.meet/urm-usnk-aay?hs=5

Introduction to Fly Tying

This class will be held on Tuesday, February 23, at 7 pm. It generally runs a little over an hour. In it, we learn the very basics of tying flies. We will tie two woolly buggers, which you will get to keep at the end of the class. All tools and materials provided. This class is limited to three participants so that we can maintain social distancing protocols in the shop. Masks will be required. The class is free. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register. If the class fills up and there are still folks who want to take it, more classes will be scheduled.

Beyond the Bugger

For those who have taken our introductory class or have a little experience tying and want to take the next steps, this class on Wednesday, March 3, at 7 pm is for you. We will build on the techniques learned tying the woolly bugger and attempt some other slightly more difficult flies. Materials and tools will be provided. This class is limited to three participants so that we can maintain social distancing protocols in the shop. Masks will be required. This class is free. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register. If the class fills up and there are still folks who want to take it, more classes will be scheduled.

Basic Striper Flies

On Tuesday, March 9, at 7 pm come learn some basic saltwater flies like Lefty’s Deceivers, Clouser Minnows and EP Baitfish. Some tying experience is recommended. Tools and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. This class is limited to three participants so that we can maintain social distancing protocols in the shop. Masks will be required. This class is free. Email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to register. If the class fills up and there are still folks who want to take it, more classes will be scheduled.

Upcoming Fly Tying Classes

Tuesday, December 8 at 6 pm: Introduction to Fly Tying

In this class, which generally runs a little over an hour, we learn the very basics of tying flies. We will tie two woolly buggers, which you will get to keep at the end of the class. All tools and materials provided. This class is limited to three participants so that we can maintain social distancing protocols in the shop. Masks will be required.

Wednesday, December 9 at 6 pm: Beyond the Bugger

For those who have taken our introductory class or have a little experience tying and want to take the next steps, this class is for you. We will build on the techniques learned tying the woolly bugger and attempt some other slightly more difficult flies, which may include elk hair caddis, hare’s ear nymph, pheasant tail nymph or some other slightly more complex flies. Materials and tools will be provided. This class is limited to three participants so that we can maintain social distancing protocols in the shop. Masks will be required.

Thursday, December 17 at 6 pm: Introduction to Articulated Streamers

Articulated streamers can catch some big fish, and they are very fun to tie! We will go over the basics of tying articulated streamers, including common materials, basic fly design and proportions, and how to make the connection between the hooks or shanks. This class will be held virtually over Zoom. You will need your own tools. I can also put together a package of all the materials you will need to tie a few streamers for a small fee that can be picked up at the shop or mailed to you.

Call us at 413-397-3665 or email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com to reserve your spot.

Rich Strolis Streamer Seminar

Ready to take your streamer game to another level? Then don’t miss this opportunity!

Renowned fly tyer and streamer fisherman Rich Strolis will be bringing his big bag of streamer knowledge to the Deerfield Fly Shop for a two-part Streamer Seminar on Oct. 16 and 17, 2020.

Rich will address a vast array of topics, which will give students the tools to leave the class with the ability to go out on their own and have a system in place to effectively fish streamers in a variety of situations. The class has a presentation/open classroom component and an onstream, in-person component with an open atmosphere encouraging participation. Rich will share the insights he has gained through decades of tying and designing highly-effective flies and chasing trophy fish all around the world, including:

  • Proper equipment, species specific, not just trout
  • methods utilized for the wade and float angler 
  • techniques and methods employed
  • fly selection, building a sound fly selection 
  • lines and leaders, what is used for the applicable situations
  • points of interest, reading the water
  • choosing the right fly for the situation you are approaching
  • water conditions, devising a plan based upon the prevailing conditions
  • breaking down the water column
  • seasons and prevailing approaches
  • fly lines, leaders, rods, reels etc.

Part of our classroom portion will be on the water where Rich will demonstrate to the class how he would approach and pick apart a specific stretch of water and discuss what key things he may be looking for, areas to target, fly selection etc. He will also discuss how this particular piece of water might look under a variety of condition changes. It is encouraged that all students bring their gear with them so that we can get them not only set up to go out on their own, but also to pinpoint any areas in their gear that might need attention or additions to their arsenal for success on the water. Reserve your space now as these have a tendency to fill up fast.  

Rich Strolis Streamer Seminar at the Deerfield Fly Shop

Friday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm for the Zoom session

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 10 am for onstream portion, meet at the shop

$100 per person, limited to 8 

Contact the shop to register and reserve your place:

phone: 413-397-3665

Email: brian@deerfieldflyshop.com

From right down the road in Connecticut, Rich Strolis honed his craft as a guide on the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers and then shifted to commercial fly tying as his streamer and other patterns started to gain national attention as consistent big fish producers. He has fished his patterns all over the world and continues to torment the big browns of the Housatonic and Farmington! He is a signature designer for the Montana Fly Company and is on the pro staff at Thomas and Thomas as well as Regal Vise. The author of the well-received book Catching Shadows: Tying Flies for the Toughest Fish and Strategies for Fishing Them as well as numerous articles in the fly fishing magazines, Rich is a sought after tyer and educator, so we are very pleased to have him here at the Deerfield Fly Shop. We carry a wide selection of Rich’s streamers and will be restocked for the fall!

Spey Casting Clinic

Deerfield Fly Shop’s Introduction to Spey Casting with Eric Halloran and Jim Dowd

Been hearing a lot about Spey casting–even for trout!–and always wanted to give it a shot? Here’s an opportunity to learn the basics of this beautiful, and highly effective, way to cast a fly. This on-the-water class is a very basic introduction to Spey casting. Eric and Jim will take you through the fundamental principles of how Spey casting works and how to safely choose casts depending on wind direction and your position on the river. They will then demonstrate a few different casts with some time at the end for you to try these casts under their guidance. From the roll cast to the switch cast to the Single Spey, Double Spey, Snap T and more, Eric and Jim will give you a solid start to your Spey journey!

Cost for the session is $35 per person. The class will last about an hour and a half.

Class is Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Meet at the Deerfield Fly Shop, 8A Elm St, South Deerfield, at 10 a.m. and head to the river from there. Bring your wading gear, sunglasses, sunblock and appropriate clothing.

Pre-registration is required, either call the shop at 413-397-3665 or email brian@deerfieldflyshop.com.

Open House

DEERFIELD FLY SHOP
5TH OPEN HOUSE
SATURDAY MARCH 7 9AM-4PM

PRESENTATIONS:
10AM DRY FLY STRATEGIES FOR THE DEERFIELD RIVER BY JAY AYLWARD

12PM DRWTU TELEMETRY STUDY AND FIFE BROOK DAM RELICENSING UPDATE

2PM UNDERSTANDING WATER FLOWS OF HE DEERFIELD,MILLERS AND WESTFIELD RIVERS BY MIKE DIDONNA


RAFFLE $10
FULL DAY FLOAT FOR 2
$50 GIFT CARD AND MORE

FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Fly Tying/Fly Tying Classes

Fly Tying Saturdays from 10am-12pm.

Beginner Fly Tying Class Sunday February 2 2020 @10am.

Class is limited to 5 people. All equipment and supplies are provided and the class is free. This is a beginner class and we will be tying Woolly Buggers and learning basic fly tying skills. You can keep the flies you tie. Call or stop in to sign up.