Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Goodbye 2014 - A Good Year

It was a good year on the three rivers that I love to fish.

The Swift became a brook trout fishery almost overnight. Sure, there were brookies there before but not like this year. Even the fly hatches seemed better than normal. Maybe it was that hallowen snow storm in 2011 that left all the downed trees in in the river. It improved the nutrient load which the river really needed. More food, more bugs, more fish.

The EB - This past summer was cooler and wetter than normal and that was perfect for the EB!. The dry spell starting in mid August didn't hurt the trout population because the daytime temperatures never really spiked and the nights were cool. It was a May through November season that did not disappoint. Let's hope that next year is a repeat performance.

The Millers - If we could have a June, July and August season where the river isn't flooded out, like before 2008, I would be a happy man. I will say that May through mid June worked out nicely and when the flow was manageable we had some very good fishing for rising browns at dusk.

Check March 8, 2015 on your calendar. It's the start of daylight savings time. It's my unofficial First Day Of SPRING and that means the start of evening fishing at least on the Swift It may be 60 degrees or it may be snowing but we will be heading in the right direction.

Happy New Year and thank you for reading my blog!



zerosleep said...

Thank You Ken, looking forward to 2015!


Troy Holt said...


Cheers to another great year of fishing and posts! Thanks for sharing your expertise.

Also, a quick question for you - Do you know where I can get size 32 hooks? I know you have mentioned them in many posts, and said that on occasion, size 28 can be too big. So if size 28 is often too big, where can I get some smaller ones? If I am correct, Tiemco stopped making size 32s. Or I suppose some companies' size 28's are the same as other companies' 32's..

Enjoy the new year!

Millers River Flyfisher said...


My 32's have come from Tenkara Bum.

Hook size should remain constant from company to company. Sometimes there is a difference in the size of the gap or the profile of the hook.

Troy Holt said...

Thanks Ken!

I made an order on Tenkar Bum, and now I have some 32's and 30's in the mail, ready to be turned into some Swift River midges!

Thanks again,

Bob O said...

Happy New Year everyone. See on the Swift on days above 32 F.

Falsecast said...

Great piece in "Eastern Fly Fishing" magazine on the Miller's river. It is written by Reid Bryant and highlights Kim Bryant as a guide. I have not heard of them? Do you know them Ken? All in all a good piece on the river, but could have been more informed by your guide. Glad to see some of our rivers getting some press, I think??? :)

Millers River Flyfisher said...

I knew that piece was coming because the guy who wrote up the Swift and EB wanted to do the Millers too but it was "assigned". I believe I've met this guy 8 or so years ago. Nice guy and writes very well although facts and timelines are off like saying "The Millers River, pronounced dead a quarter century ago...." That would be 1990 when we we finished our brown trout study with the DFW and got the Wildlife Board to declare catch and release on the Millers. Not bad for a dead river!