It's a late start to this year of fly fishing due to the worst cold snap in 30 years. I can put up with some ice in the guides but I'll draw the line at fingers frozen to the rod handle. That's why the 11th would be my opening day with temperatures in the upper 40's (just like April) and the hope of some surface action. So, I trudged my way up to the Bubbler Arm of the Swift and took ONE 8 inch rainbow and that was it. I didn't see another trout in that run. Even the Y Pool seemed dead with the best reason being that there is an otter who has taken up residence again. The otter will chase the fish right out of the pool and as usual the trout gather downstream in the shallow water around the hemlocks. So do the fishermen!
Jonathan, a client of mine, seemed to have had the top day on the river when he found a pod of trout and took three bows around 16 inches. Yellow eggs and my mini bugger all scored! Since it's his spot I'll let him tell you where it is. Hint: the place is usually ignored.
Overflow Arm Strategy
Reader Paul asked a question regarding the overflow arm of the Y Pool. I love that place and and it's one of the spots that I can rely on in the early Spring and the Fall. Why is that? This "arm" is basically a deadwater unless there is a overflow coming from Quabbin (usually there isn't) and it's not really effected by the discharge from the bubbler. This deadwater will warm up on an early, sunny, Spring day and
it will have the earliest hatches (winter caddis) on the river. Trout will move into this deadwater all the way up to the very end. The same thing happens in the Fall. In the Summer it's not the best place due to higher water temperature.
Once the shelf ice leaves that spot (along with the otter) I'll be there!!