Sunday, April 26, 2015
The Trout Are There: Fish Deep/4/27= It's at 66 cfs!!!!!
Forget about having trout swim around your boots at the Y Pool. Forget about seeing dozens of trout all over the place below the Pipe. The trout are there BUT you have to FISH for them and you have to fish DEEP. If you are not fishing DEEP in this current (215 cfs) you will do nothing. My guys on Sunday landed 4 but hooked another 8 to 10 and my friend Brad, a true Tenkara disciple, skinned the section after we left. (Note: Tenkara lines fish DEEP, they work in this heavy current). Scuds and bead headed small flies seemed to work best.
The above RT 9 section will improve. The socking was sparse but it will get better, The trout are beginning to move around above and below the Pipe. Things will get better.
Now, what happened at 11:00 am on Saturday morning on the Swift? A milky gray plump of filthy charged out of the PIPE from the hatchery. It covered the right side of the flow from the Pipe through the Tree Pool to the extent that you couldn't see the bottom on the river. It went on for the 15 minutes that I saw it and who knows how look afterwards.
Now, over the years I have seen an occasional "tint" to the outflow especially during low flows but this was obscene! Now I know we are not talking about paper mill waste of waste from plastic industries. This was trout "poop" but the trout hatchery that I worked for a few years ago had it's discharge measured on a regular basis. A discharge like that would of gotten us into trouble.
To the Hatchery Manager: get smart, don't do things that don't look right and if you HAVE to do them EXPLAIN the event BEFORE you do it. Don't say that you do this all of the time because in thirty years I've never seen a mess like this.
P.S. the Swift dropped like a rock Monday from 215 to 66 cfs. PERFECT!!
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 4:10 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