Autumn On The EB

Autumn On The EB

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Making The Most Of Two Hours - Autumn Dusk On The Swift

The modern depictions of fly fishing in print and video are accurate as far as they go, but they usually run heavy on gratuitous fish catching and light on the long silences that characterize the sport" - John Gierach

The Y Pool lot was packed at 4pm as usual but I had another destination in mind. I fished this spot a few times during the Summer and introduced my friend Brad to the stretch but drew zeros each time. "Summer" doesn't work here. This is where the brook trout and bows come to play in October and I would be the only one there! Well, almost.

Lenny knows how to fish and that was on display yesterday as he took at least 8 HUGE bows from ultra skinny water plus broke off a monster brookie that snapped his 4x tippet. (that's right, no puny leaders here). He certainly outgunned me which is fine except that he was using a caddis emerger that he found on MY BLOG. I, of course, didn't have any on me (Note to self: tie some caddis). I did well using my half & half with 6 beautiful brook trout and one big chunk bow.

It was great to spend the last two hours of daylight doing what I love to do but bittersweet in knowing that it will be "dark" this time next week and "evening " fishing comes to an end. The main thing is to get out there and enjoy these Autumn days.  I've always felt that the brilliant foliage of October is for the leaf peeping tourist. Autumn comes into it's own in New England when the color fades and we get, as one old timer told me, the "deer woods" with their subtle shades of grays and browns.  Couple that with a day in the 50's with willing trout and you are in heaven!!

Here are the "missing caddis"

Hook - dry/wet or scud size 14 or 16
body - grey dubbing, natural or synthetic
hackle - a few barbs of partridge
collar - brown ostrich

Some of you may have noticed the yo-yo levels on the Millers. This is really normal for this river in the Fall.  As long as the flows are below 500 cfs we will be ok.



Anonymous said...


Good caddis pattern and go to see that it works in the Fall


Parachute Adams said...

Got out briefly tonight, Ken, probably my last time out before we turn the clocks back. Not much action until there was, when I tied on a #12 half back nymph after drifting the small flies with no interest. The change up resulted in a beautiful rainbow that tore the pool up and jumped like crazy once it felt the sting of the hook. No more action after that one, but I live for that one that makes my night.


Anonymous said...

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Millers River Flyfisher said...


I was out in the later afternoon yesterday as well and took two good bows on partridge and orange and two brook trout around 12 inches. Also saw a hatch on cream cahills at dusk. Real late for that fly.


You are right!!


Bill/Tully said...

Ken, could you describe/explain what you refer to as "skinny water"? I'm a bit unclear on it. Thanks.

Francesco Pellizzari said...

Jen, thinking about an afternoon off from work tis at, what is my best bet.....millers or swift? Chico

Millers River Flyfisher said...


Skinny Water is usually a set of very shallow riffles that barely cover the backs of trout. That's where the bows are now on the Swift.


This is Ken, not Jen (lol). Try the Millers if the rain doesn't blow it out. 400 cfs or lower will be good especially at Orcutt Brook.


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Anonymous said...


Ken, love that mop fly. Fished the millers this morning. Tied one on after no success with Sm nymphs. Quick strike snapped my line. Then brought in a big rainbow. Fun morning. Jack

David Dutille said...

Has anyone seen that half dark and half WHITE fish at the pipe area? I mean front to back. What is it?

Millers River Flyfisher said...


There's one (rainbow) just like that at the overflow arm of the Y Pool. Freaks from the hatchery!!


TROUT said...

Hi David,

I saw that fish about a week ago. It's a brown trout, and it was either born that way, or developed it.

It's a good question, and I also wondered if it experienced some sort of trauma or nerve damage in the spine. I'm always interested in biological questions like this about trout, and wish I knew more.

Millers River Flyfisher said...

A client and I saw a large rainbow in the Gauge run this summer that was light colored on ONE side of its body and dark colored on the OTHER side. When you raise hundreds of thousands of trout you will get a few odd balls. These are most likely genetic abnormalities instead of the result of physical trauma. Albino trout come to mind.