John, have to rub this in...I had posted this on ffsw yesterday Spent the day out on the Swift yesterday.
What a fantastic day on the Swift today, got there around 9 am, was greeted
with the loud sound of water from the parking lot...WATER RUNNING...YES!
Spent an hour or so messing around with the wild brookies in the bubbler, lotsa
nice little guys released for another day. Y pool had one person in it all
morning, I jumped in and started casting dries, man i'll tell you I ain't never
seen so many fish go to look at a fly, turn away, then turn back and look again
in my life! Finally got a nice 16"er on a size 18 BWO, niiiice fish! Water level
dropped some around noontime. Left the Y pool at 2pm, went down to the
hatchery and I couldn't buy even a bump down there! Went upriver to another
spot that someone-Joe? told me about and pulled a nice 10" wild brookie, 3-4
small wild brookies, 8-10 mini rainbows between 2"-7", and a monster 14" bow
outta that pool. I nearly sh!! when I hooked that last fish as all the other ones
in the pool were all small, and I hadn't expected anything bigger I was
shocked by the amount of fish in that pool! This area was no bigger than
Today was another 3wt day, perfect size rod for the areas I fished, and some
of these guys on dries were a hoot! I lost the biggest fish of the day to a 8x
tippet break, he was easily a 2lb-15-16" rainbow, that was a bummer but it
was good for a few heart races when he took the fly and did 2 nice tail walks.
No browns hooked today, but saw lotsa big ones!
It was a real pleasant day on the water, temp was 54 deg in the water so
once you got in above your knees it really cooled you down. The entire lower
river was covered in fog this afternoon, at times I had to strain to see the
strike indicator only 20' away. It seemed that the water level came up again
this afternoon so that probably caused the fog. Niiice and cool
Saw the smallest mayfly in my life today too, it landed on my hand as I was
going into the river, size 28, reddish/maroon eyes and grey colored
wings/body-think it was blue wing olive but so small I couldn't tell! Neat! Gotta
try tying one of them