The weather is good and the trout are still going strong here in New England. The rain pretty much took care of the snow on the Swift and its bends never looked so green. Its not over yet!
There are fly fishing outings that remind me why I’m in love with catching fish in the first place. This was definitely one of those times. I headed to the Swift on December 12th. Snow was falling in huge clumps across my car windshield as I pulled into the parking area. I got out of my car and the smell of evergreen greeted me along with the crisp air. No one in sight… Hell yes.
I immediately went to the bubbler run and walked from the “Y” pool down toward Rt 9. Four hours of snowy bliss. I caught several small brookies and some larger 16″ rainbows using a gold headed olive bugger. The fishing tapered off for a while as I headed down stream. The snow was steadily falling across the water and on my jacket. 32 degrees. I started focusing on the various fallen trees by the banks and got a huge strike. A monster Brook Trout! Then another. The fishing turned from nothing to everything in seconds. So many brook trout. I don’t know where they all came from. Tree after tree. Boom! By far one of the most epic outings I’ve had on this river. I caught three brookies ranging from 16″ to an 18″ hog I landed next to a bend that will remain nameless… (you know, finding these brutes is half the fun!)
Some winter flies that I swear by are:
1) Red micro egg patterns – I tie them using 18 and 20 egg/scud hooks with just a bit of flash on the pattern. A killer next to fallen logs and quick runs.
2) Orange / Pink San Juan Worms – Yes they do work and yes they can make your outing in the winter when the trout are lethargic and picky.
3) Pin Heads – These can fool those picky Swift tail water rainbows. A great fly when doubling up!
Fishing in the rain is one of my favorite times to catch trout, especially on the Swift. The first week of December I headed out early before the snow set in and had a productive four hours of fishing. I focused my attention mostly to the fallen trees and logs lining the shores of the swift and caught some beautiful brookies and rainbows. Sometimes the small trout are the most breathtaking. I spent a good half hour at this one fallen tree pulling up brookie after brookie. Good times. These native brookies are fun to catch and sometimes a hog is lying underneath those trees. I also learned that there are other crazed fisherman other than myself that enjoy fishing the Swift in the rain – so it took some investigation on my part to avoid the crowds, even in 36 degrees. I cant complain though, another successful outing on the Swift. Tight lines everyone!