Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Sliding Towards Late Summer
August is a transitional month. We've lost about an hour of daylight since the solstice and the early morning lawns have a light cover of dew that was not there in early July. The rivers are at their summer low points with the exception of the Swift which keeps chugging along at 47 cfs but don't be surprised if we see a spike in the flow of the Swift if this dry spell continues. (Swift veterans and readers of this blog know what I'm talking about).
Ants and beetles fished on the surface have done well on the Swift during the past few weeks. Fish them with the classic upstream approach and don't worry about making the presentation a total dead drift. Land insects move around when they hit the water and trout know that!!! Also look for a sunny and WINDY day. Breezes move leaves and insects get tossed into the drink.
The sulphurs have finally left the stage on the lower Swift and have been replaced (somewhat) by the cream cahill. This 14 to 16 size fly is a tan color and first makes its appearance in June and lasts through the end of September. It's the last of the larger Spring/Summer mayflies on this river. Enjoy it.
Off to the Millers or the EB today. I feel like fishing something big like a size 16!!!!
P.S. I've mentioned the comments section of this blog in the past. There is a wealth of information posted there by readers. Take some time to go through a dozen posts and pick up some pointers. KE
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 5:57 AM
Labels: Fly Fishing Instruction, 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