I just can't stop beating the drum for the great brook trout fishery that we have on the Swift River. Where else in Massachusetts can you fish moving water and take a NATIVE brook trout 10 inches or better ON EVERY TRIP? Where else in New England for that matter!!! One thing is that after many words on this blog about this fishery I see very few people expressly targeting brook trout and that's probably because they're so small. That's ok with me!!
The poor photo to the right shows a small school of brookies below the Pipe. I've never seen that many of them in that area in the Spring before. (click the photo for a better view)
The Millers - This may be one of the best years that I've seen on this river in over 30 years of fly fishing it. One of the reasons besides the cool Spring is that we have had STABLE FLOWS with the readings staying south of 500 cfs for most of the past month. The flow has been on a slow, steady decline for a week now, contrary to an erroneous report found elsewhere. This is also a time to take advantage of the multiple fly hatches that are occurring by ditching the weighted fly and fish soft hackles, flymphs and traditional wets that imitate the hatching insect. Partridge and Olive, Grouse and Flash, and March Browns are all working and the hits are almost all violent as the trout whacks that fly in the water column.
We are now getting into the Summer mode which means early morning/early evening fishing BUT don't let a cloudy, cool day go by, especially this month.
The Bridge St. Pool, Orcutt, The Kempfield (the run above the main pool) are all producing. Order my Fly Fishers Guide To The Millers River if you want a total top to bottom guide written by a fly fisher!