There's also a single drawback to being a fly tier, which is that you like to tie flies and can find it hard to stop-John Gierach
Long time commenter "Tincup" let me know first - The swift is UP as we all knew it would during this drought. The concern is that it's up earlier than the past two years. As I write it's leveled off at 128 cfs which will make many happy who don't enjoy the 50 cfs flow. It's very fishable BUT I enjoy the skinny water and the spooky fish! Now there's a forecast of thunderstorms rolling through western and central Massachusetts very late tonight. It won't be enough to turn the spigot off at Quabbin but it may give relief to our other rivers. The spigot will turn off if we get a good regional downpour that rises the Connecticut River above drought stage. Even heavy rain far upstream in Vermont/New Hampshire will do the trick. Hope it rains!!
The Swift has been a haven for browns this early summer especially in its lower sections. Browns in the 18+ range have been spied and caught. The massive brookie population seems to be feeding these brutes and a small (#10 or #12) streamer worked quickly seems to get their attention. Just like the bows that try to smack the 3 inch brookie that takes your fly, the quick, darting action triggers that chase response. The higher flows will not hinder this action a bit.
So, the EB was stocked on Wednesday, June 15 which is the latest stocking of this river in memory. It seemed to have enough trout but just needed more water. Did the Swift get any?? No! A "few" below route 9 would be welcome and they can toss the rest above route 9 to keep those regulars happy.
Going to the Swift tomorrow afternoon to dance with brookies and browns and a trip to the EB on Thursday.
Pray for rain! Pray HARD!!!!