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Zoar Outdoor Offers Fly Fishing On The Deerfield River

By Blair Winans

Charlemont,
MA,
 — Zoar Outdoor will be offering guided fly fishing on the
Deerfield River and surrounding rivers in western, Massachusetts this
season through a partnership with several local fishing guides.
 Programs will include guided trips, casting lessons and scenic float
trips for full and half-day sessions from mid-May until the end of
September. Zoar Outdoor’s guides will be using self-bailing oar rigged
rafts outfitted with comfortable seats for an angler at each end of the
raft. The rafts can be easily maneuvered to place anglers in optimum
positions for casting. Casting lessons and fishing clinics will be
taught by Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructors and will
observe the “catch and release” ethic.

 

The
upper Deerfield River fishery includes a diverse and productive angling
habitat. The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife stocks the river spring
through fall with rainbow, brown, brook and tiger trout. There is also
native wild brook and stream-bred brown trout. Average stock trout
sizes range from 8 to 14 inches.

 

Through
the efforts of local conservation groups, the lower reaches of the
river provide a good warmwater habitat for smallmouth bass, northern
pike, walleye, rock bass and lunker fallfish. Enormous brown trout lurk
in several deep, well-oxygenated pools with the largest to date
measuring 25 inches.

 

Fishing
on the Deerfield River is a unique and gratifying way to experience the
river valley. Fishing programs can be combined with Zoar Outdoor’s
other activities of biking, climbing and kayaking to create multi-sport
adventure packages. For more information, contact Zoar Outdoor at
800-532-7483.

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