Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Monday, September 7, 2015

This Weekend - Cool Mornings, Hot Days And The Brookies Are Getting Ready

It's Autumn early in the morning and Summer by early afternoon. Friday and Saturday found me on the Swift just before 7 am and the 50 degree temperature made me wish I had taken a fleece with me. That is September!!

Friday was a tenkara day as I fished my private stretches (they seem private to me) with the idea that the level tenkara line would cut through the quick flow without drag problems. It worked fine and I caught trout from above the gauge down to the pump house. Size 20 flashback pheasant tails and size 18 soft hackles did the trick. I didn't fish the Pipe or the Tree Pool but was content to see Dan T. working his Simuliid imitations and catching rising trout.

Saturday morning was devoted to conventional tackle with the same good results. Fish were taken from the gauge to the Pipe but this time I decided to work the nymphing trout in the Tree Pool. A #22 pinhead fished just below the surface was the fly of choice for me AND the trout.

It seemed that everyone who was fishing was getting into fish with some getting into the double digit range. It was a good morning all around.

One thing for certain - there are more brook trout in the 8 to 12 inch range down there than a month ago. The color is beginning to change on these guys too. Soon they and even larger fish will begin to move upstream to spawn. I can't wait!



Josh said...

Nice brookies at the westfield over labor day weekend, I was surprised a buddy and I brought a few of the large ones into the net. Haven't seen them in a few weeks. Either it's the stockers that made it all summer, or some very large natives. Very nice coloration's and swam away fast after being released. Also saw numerous large rainbows but couldn't get any to bite. Very encouraging giving the hot dry summer we've had.

No swimmers until around noon. Looking forward to them stocking it again!

Millers River Flyfisher said...


We took brook trout a week ago on the EB. I never thought the stocked fish would survive but they did and I might now believe that there are some natives that find cool places to hang out during the heat. As I said a week or so ago: there are plenty of fish in the EB but you've got to be good to catch them. A little rain will help!


Anonymous said...

I also fished the Swift on Saturday. I was there a little before 7:00 and had the pipe to tree pool stretch to myself for quite a while. I ended up settling in below the pipe. The number of big bows is really impressive right now. That mixed with the brookies made for constant action all morning. I mostly fished sz.28 midges deep, and the fish responded quite well.

Millers River Flyfisher said...


Good report! Below the PIPE is MIDGE LAND!!!