Friday, March 6, 2015
This End Of Winter And What To Expect
First off, the 200cfs flow on the Swift is real or very close to real. That's high water on this river and it's not coming from the spillway because I drove up to the spillway and nothing is happening there. It's from the bubbler and that is it. Are they drawing down Quabbin before a Spring melt? Maybe. Anyway, I have found 200 cfs to be the top end of interesting and challenging angling on this river at any season. I like LOW flows. At 200 cfs the Swift becomes more of a freestone river and I have my choice of those except during the heat of Summer when 200 cfs of cool flow is welcome. How long will this last?? I don't know.
What does this multi foot snow and ice pack mean to us? First it will probably mean a later start. A "later start" applies to the freestones like the EB and Millers but not the Swift (hopefully). The Swift will not be at flood stage and cloudy (hopefully) but the others will.
What to do? Fish the smaller streams and tributaries of larger rivers because they will recede sooner and be fishable AND it's about time fly fishers experience this resource. Over the years we have seemed to ignore these waters because they are supposed to be too easy to fish (not true) or the fish don't care much about hatch matching, fine tippets, our 40 ft casts, or our state of the art equipment. (mostly nottrue). Sure some are stocked, like larger rivers, but there are many streams and brooks that hold ONLY native trout. You have to sneak up on these water angels (Chinese term for native mountain trout) to catch them and the thrill is equal to that size 18 BWO disappearing in that late Autumn swirl.
Years ago I used to see fly fishers on these waters. Sadly that's no longer true. We want "storied" waters, big fish from big waters. We are missing the soul of this sport in our effort to cover as much water as possible "whacking and stacking" (not my term, their term) as we go along. I haven't abandoned these secret waters and still ply them and feel very good about it.
The brookie above comes from an unstocked tributary of the Millers where I have been playing with those guys for over 30 years.
Think about it!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 12:33 PM
Labels: Fly Fishers Guide To The Millers River, guided fly fishing trips on the Swift River, guided fly fishing trips on th East Branch of the Westfield River, Guided fly fishing trips on the Miller River