Thursday, April 23, 2009
Swift River Flows and a Millers Update
Thought I'd start with a photo of the Swift that we used to know. This photo was taken last summer when I thought that the flow was a little high. Now it seems like ages ago with this river raging over 400cfs since New Years Day. Winter fishing was wiped out this year!! The Quabbin is bursting at the seams and may be that way for a while. All this means that a lot of water is coming over the spillway and changing the environment of the river below. It may be colder than when most of the flow is from the bubbler. If this condition continues through May it may mean that the Swift will be WARMER than we have seen it in years. I know that the state hatchery folk are a bit concerned since they receive water from the river to run that facility. Let's hope that things return to normal soon.
The Millers - It's up to it's yo-yo flows which are normal for April. The last rainfall occured yesterday which brought the river up but the 80 degree temps forecast for this weekend may make the situation tempting.. Places To Go - Try BELOW Rezendes (the three riffle runs below the "pool", the Kempfield section from the NORTH side (safer wading through the riffle section) and the Holtshire Bridge run. One note on the Kempfield - If you approach this section on the SOUTH side, from the Power Station, you will have limited access and you may find yourself over your waders quickly.
I'm flipping a coin Friday night - heads means the Millers on Saturday, tails means the East Branch of the Westfield.
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 5:16 PM