Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Monday, May 25, 2009

The Swift At The Pipe - Finally

I guess it was Gerry's note that got me going about the Swift. As I stated throughout the winter and early Spring the Swift has been roaring away from 400 to 700cfs. As late as Sunday, May 17 it was over 400 and the Y pool was the only place that seemed fishable. But this past Friday the flow dropped to about 280cfs. Then it went up over 300 again. Memorial Day morning had it at 330cfs but I was hooked on a early morning trip just to check it out. What I saw prized me. The "hatchery pipe", which spent the last four months underwater, was half exposed (see above left photo). I took a look at a post and photo that I did last December which showed the river at 350cfs (only 6% more flow then now) and the pipe was 90% waterwater!!! Hmmm......anyway, the current wasn't that hard to wade and in the hour that I was there I took three browns, two on a hotspot and one on a dark beadhead.
It was good to get back to this wonderful stream. I missed it this past winter because of it's heavy and dangerous flows. Now it's coming back and I am very glad about it. BTW, I saw only one other flyfisher there. He was just getting there as I was leaving. He probably had the place to himself too!!


pickerpete said...

Great news!

Anonymous said...

What was the water temp? If the bubbler stays down through the summer, how warm do you think it will get?

Millers River Flyfisher said...

I didn't take the water temp. on the Swift that day but it seemed to be not as cold as usual.

As far as the temp will be this summer is anyones guess but the hatchery folk are concerned if this condition continues. I'll continue to fish the river and hope for the best.