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A Warm and Breezy March day at the Swift

A Warm and Breezy March day at the Swift

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to go fish the Swift river for the day.  I focused my efforts in the catch and release area above RT 9, and caught several rainbows and hooked one big brook trout that escaped me as I was bringing it in. While I prefer to fish below the bridge, the fishing regulations currently make the river open to catch and keep from the RT 9 bridge to Cady Lane.  The catch and release regulations…

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Map of the Cady Lane portion of the Swift River

Map of the Cady Lane portion of the Swift River

In the spring and summer, one of my favorite sections of the Swift River is the Cady Lane portion below the Route 9 bridge.  I’ve met quite a few fly fisherman at the swift that have only fished the catch and release area above Route 9.  While there is a lot of good fishing above the bridge, including the famed, “y pool”, I prefer the solitude you can find downstream. This area is also full of wild brook trout and…

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Griffith’s Gnat- A Classic Dry Fly

Griffith’s Gnat- A Classic Dry Fly

One of my favorite dry flies to fish is the Griffith’s Gnat.  They’re very easy to tie, and seem to always catch fish.  Last Week, I was nymphing and the interest was few and far between.  I saw a few rises and midges coming off the water, and decided to tie on a #24 Griffith’s. Surprisingly, I caught a nice size brook trout off the surface.  I think the Griffith’s Gnat is so successful because it imitates a cluster of…

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January Fishing

January Fishing

On my first fishing trip of 2017, the fishing was tough. Considering the temperatures, I decided to go to the swift for its tailwater temps. I spent most of my time nymphing various flies, and only had a few subtle takes. I fished a lot of midges, scuds, and even tried an egg pattern. There were a ton of people on the river, which I found odd for a Wednesday. I didn’t see another person catch anything for the first…

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Winter Flies for the Swift River and Millers River

Winter Flies for the Swift River and Millers River

Winter time is here and fly tying is in full swing.  I recently stocked up on more hooks and materials and wanted to share a fly that’s been producing for me on two rivers in massachusetts.  These two happen to be closest to me, but I’m sure they’d work equally well on other New England streams. Hook : #16-20 nymph Body: Gray dubbing with gold tinsel Hackle: Hungarian Partridge This fly is essentially a Hare’s ear with soft hackle added,…

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Swift River Trout – July 16, 2016

Swift River Trout – July 16, 2016

Last Saturday I took a day trip to the Swift River.  This is one of the closest trout streams to me, and it has the added benefit of a healthy flow and cool water temperatures throughout the summer.  We’re in the midst of a significant drought in Massachusetts, and wild trout streams are feeling the pressure right now.  For now, it seems the Deerfield or the swift will be the primary options for those of us targeting trout. Big brown…

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Swift River Fly Fishing

Swift River Fly Fishing

Last Saturday I hit the Swift River in Belchertown while the flows were still low at around 50 cfs.  I fished south of the Route 9 bridge, and as many people know, below the bridge is home to a huge population of wild Brook trout. Anyhow, I had luck all day with both dry and wet flies, and my largest Brook Trout of the day was caught by a streamer I tied to imitate Brook trout fry.  I thought the…

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Swift River, MA Fishing Report – March 31, 2016

Swift River, MA Fishing Report – March 31, 2016

On Thursday, I went to the swift river in Massachusetts.  I’ve fished this river many times, and it almost never disappoints when it comes to catching fish.  I caught around 10 rainbow trout, and 1 brook trout when I moved further downstream.  In my experience, the brook trout like to hang out on the lower section of the river south of Cady lane during the summer.  During the winter months, I imagine they travel downstream past the Cold Spring Road…

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