Running from the Western Massachusetts hills and emptying into the mainstem of the Connecticut River, the Deerfield offers some of New England's most picturesque trout fishing. The steeper gradient comes at a cost, however, as the river averages a hydropower dam every seven miles. While this can result in cooler water temps through parts of the year, anglers need to keep a careful eye on water flows. Though there are fine access points, particularly in parts of the upper river, many anglers open for floating the Deerfield, especially the 17 mile stretch starting at Fife Brook Dam. Anglers can catch browns, rainbows, or brook trout along all but the lowermost stretch of water.