Well, my start to the 2008 fly fishing season started about a month late! I got down to the Swift below the hatchery around 7:30am to find two other fly fishers in position. It was cold with lines freezing to the guides and the reel seizing up every few minutes.
Things have changed in the two months since I've been there. First, that injured blue heron that everyone was "feeding" is gone. One angler said it was reduced to a pile of feathers a few weeks ago by some critter. Second, the billion small rainbows of November and December are long gone except for a few survivors courtesy of the "catch and keep" regs that we have to live with until July. How was my "Opening Day"? Eleven rainbows and one good brown in about 3 1/2 hours. All were caught on a size 16 hot spot. A few of the 'bows were in the 14-16 inch range and all were taken just below the "pipe". The 'bow in the picture is a bit over 12 inches.
A good day and a good start to the year. Only three months until the Millers is fishable.