"Angling is extremely time consuming. That's sort of the whole point"- Thomas McGuane
One always walks on thin ice when discussing favorite fly patterns. Just as many of us sound and look like experts by hauling out one trout after another USUALLY right after the stocking truck leaves, the hot fly works because you are fishing exactly where the trout were released. Many times you can test the fly 's effectiveness by just changing the fly with something of the same size. If your success rate stays about the same it's not the fly but your position in the river or your splendid presentation that counts.
But on some occasions a certain fly will work better than all else. It could be weeks or months since the latest stocking but THE PINHEAD gets it done. It just looks like all the black fly larvae one finds in the Bubbler and below the pipe. This fly starts to really work in October and earns its keep through the Winter.
The Ware fished well on a short trip (less than 2 hours) with 3 bows in the net with another lost. As I write the flow is 152 cfs = perfect.
This river is seeing more water than is has is decades. (the 80 year average for today is around 80 cfs. The flow right now is 395 which is very fishable. I've done well and so have others.
Then Millers has only been below 400 cfs once this month but Bridge Street, Kempfield and Orcutt are fishable. It's been great to get into Orcutt again after 2 years of construction activity!!
This is a word to some of the Swift anglers who basically fish only one place on that river. Spread out and enjoy the river. Think of this: most of the C&R anglers are fly fishers but most of the C&R sections on the Swift are really under fished by them. Now, some of the non fly fishers may say that water is being wasted as a recreational resource and they could be right.
Maybe we should have a "beat system" as they do in Europe. You want to fish the Swift then you reserve a section of the river. If the section you want is "filled" you get to go to another spot that isn't. That will insure that the crowds will be reduced and people will be introduced to new (to them) areas.
Just a thought