Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Monday, March 15, 2010

Spring On The Swift - Day 1

SPRING starts now, not in five days! At least that's my feeling as I head out for the Swift this week. The rains of the weekend continued into today. Even though the river has risen over the last forty eight hours from about 140 to 190cfs it is still fishable below rt9. I made it to the pipe at 10am and had the place to myself. I took six small 'bows, four on a weighted scud and two on a serendipity and would have been content to stay more than the 1 1/2 hours that I was there if it wasn't for the flush of debris that came flying through the pipe. Tons of pine needles and leaves made drifting a fly impossible. So off to the Y Pool I went. At the bubbler arm I met Ryan and Reed who were drifting that skinny water and catching fish. I got into the act with a hotspots and jailbirds in size 18 bringing in another six. The fish here are larger than what I've been catching at the pipe but a lot harder to fool. They know you are there!!

I caught the hatchery staff in the act of loading their stocking truck or at least that's what I think they were doing. It wouldn't be long now.

Sunday presentation at Charlie Shaden's Fly Shop was a blast. Lots of fly folks. At times it seemed like a Blog reunion!!



Bob O said...

Thanks for posting Ken. Just yesterday I was wondering what the pipe looked liked . It's a pretty good gage of the river flow. I think the smaller bows are from a fairly recent basin cleanout at the hatchery. We should expect smelt being washed over the spillway anytime. That makes for fat fish, and good streamer fishing in the Y pool. Good job getting out and connecting. I always enjoy your posts. See you on the water.

Anonymous said...

It's been years since I've fished for trout...your post brought back memories for me. Great post and cool looking pictures too!

Millers River Flyfisher said...


There were streamer fishers at the Y pool today. I spoke to one and he didn't catch anything. Stay tuned for today's post!


Thanks for the nice words. You should fish for TROUT again!!!


DWaters said...

Thanks for your info on the Swift. It is usually on of my targets for the early spring, if the water is not too high. The idea of streamer fishing there sounds fun as I have always used small flies and long, light leaders. Any suggestions on streamers in the Y Pool?

Thanks - David

Millers River Flyfisher said...


It seems that smelt patterns are the streamer of choice on the Swift.