Swift Update / Guiding

dscn5880The Swift is in really good shape right now. Perfect water level, plenty of fish and lots of flies to choose from. I always see guys tying these microscopic flies on 9x tippet… come on now. There are some wonderful bends on this river where you can spice it up and throw streamers and dry flies. For those who read this blog nymphing is not my cup of tea. If thats your idea of fun on a river than by all means have at it. Ill be downriver…

I took a client out on the Swift not to long ago and had a great time sight fishing. So many brookies and the rainbows didn’t dissapoint either.dscn5884dscn5898There is an amazing flying ant hatch that will be on for the next two weeks. Bring some black or amber ant patterns and get in on the madness. Its gonna be epic. dscn5888There are plenty of days to get outside and experience this wonderful river. Hit me up at grantfigura@gmail.com or visit www.northriveranglers.com to book a guided wading trip. dscn5889See you out there!


Swift River • Its almost over

This past Sunday I headed down to the Swift for a bit. I found myself feeling the first real chill of December with the high being around 38 degrees. The brookies have checked out for the season. They had a good run but retreated downriver for the winter. Still lots of rainbows around and even some browns. I was using a fly that I created for the Swift that is a hybrid of a soft hackle stonefly with a little bit of copper for the abdomen and olive dubbing for the thorax. Throw in some dyed elk hair for a little tail and voila. This little beauty can fool some big fish on the Swift. The overfished pretentious trout that can be found in the “Y” pool don’t really dig it but I don’t really dig them either. Win-win. As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, overfished spots are not my destination. Sight fishing is my game. I want to see my fly and usually stay away from the size 22 flies with a strike indicator. Say what you will about the success rate of strike indicators. But lets be honest – its a bobber. A sleek, agile bobber but a bobber non the less.

If you’re going to use a strike indicator for those picky fish check out the New Zealand Strike Indicator. There’s no other way in my opinion. This thing is so well designed and easy to use its silly. Here is a link to check it out: https://vimeo.com/63412360  

Anyway, several swift bows took my hybrid design and I had a blast catching these hogs. Three where pushing 18 inches and I saw a swift river monster brown cruising around. One day. The catch and release close date is upon us and soon the swift will be flooded with people catching and keeping all that they can. Above RT 9 will be the only safe haven. It was a great season and its not totally over yet! Keep fishing.



Streamer Fishing Season!

The fine fisherman of Fly Fishing MA have a great blog with a lot of useful information on the Swift, Millers, EB, Deerfield and many more rivers here in Massachusetts. I was able to share some knowledge on their blog reguarding streamer fishing in the fall. Anyway I thought I would share the write up. Enjoy!

Fall is upon us and with it brings some of the best streamer fishing in New England. I love this time of year because it’s a chance to catch some huge fish on some of my favorite rivers.

I fish the EB of the Westfield and the Deerfield River almost exclusively using streamers this time of year. The brown trout in these rivers are phenomenal predators and they want something substantial to go after. So a little insight on what to throw in the upcoming fall conditions:

1. When the water is low on the EB, Swift, or even the Deerfield, I use a silver/gold bead head olive bugger with a light brown tail with white hackle. It is the single most important streamer that I tie in the fall. Size 12 or 14, not too big. You want this to be an accessible fly that doesn’t sink too fast. Oh, and everything hits it. Browns, brookies, rainbows, it’s a favorite for sure.

2. The second go-to streamer is for the big browns on the Deerfield. It is used right after a rainstorm or the dam gets released. When the water rises, it’s time to break out the six wt. and throw a heavy fly both you and the fish can see. This is, after all, sight fishing. A gold cone headed black bodied streamer with a white tail and some flashing does the trick. It stands out in the water and those hungry bruisers that cruise around in late October / November will thank you for it. This one ranges from size 10 to 16.

3. The Muddler Minnow, what a classic. Always a go-to when there’s a deep pool and cloudy water. Use a gold cone head with red flashing and a white tail. Size 14 or 16. A brown trout favorite.

4. Orange Sculpin: This is a beast. I like to use rubber tubing and an orange body with tinsel and flashing. This is for fast water, and this fly is heavy. Its’ always a good idea to have a heavy streamer like this in your box when the water is moving fast. Some of this biggest trout I’ve caught have been wrestled out of the rapids on the Deerfield. The fluffier the better with these guys.

I will be offering guided wading trips on the EB and the Deerfield River again starting in October. If anyone wants some more insight on streamer fishing and sight fishing in general visit my guiding page on this blog.

Hit me up. I would love to put you on the fish!