Sunday, June 21, 2009
Finally - The Swift Low and at 55
The drop on the online flow gauge Friday was a dead giveaway. 140 cfs to 20cfs meant only on thing (hopefully). The "bubbler" was back in operation. I didn't take the walk to the "Y" pool to confirm it with a visual sighting. All I needed was to check the temp at the "pipe" this morning and it read 55 degrees!!! The above left photo is what it looked like two hours ago. Look familar?? I hadn't planned to fish but I was there with an hour to kill so in I went. The chill from the bottom release felt great. The water was actually a bit too low and it took a while to adjust to it. After a few casts at the pipe I went upstream to the gauge section and cast a size 18 BWO dry to a rising fish. He took, bent the bamboo, then came to the net. He was the first of two browns from that skinny water. I have to admit that I have dry flies on the brain and I don't think there's a cure. With the Millers blown out for the next two weeks the Swift has come back to form in the nick of time.