Hey guys, its been a few days, but I’ve got a quick rivers report.
Hit the Squannacook on Saturday. I started by dredging nymphs and San Juan Worms in the bottom of every pool I could find, but got nothing. I switched it up and put on woolly bugger. I hooked and lost a few, before finally landing a 13 inch brown. It’s weird- I was expecting the trout to prefer nymphs, instead of chasing streamers (because it was cold), but you never know with these trout.
Then on Sunday, I hit the Parker. Flows were decent in my spot, and I landed one nice holdover trout, measuring 16 inches. Thats my best in a while. I lost several more, all on streamers. A black zonker was the hot fly, stripped through any deep pool.
So now that it is getting colder, and the fishing is getting slower and slower, many rivers are gonna stop producing. What does this mean for us fly fisherman? THE SWIFT!!! The Swift is one of the only rivers that will hold up throughout the whole winter, and still produce fish. Now occasionally some other rivers are still fishable through December, but don’t count on it- expect to be hitting the Swift a lot from December to March. I’m planning on breaking down this river further in the next couple days, especially focusing on winter fishing. Get a few trips in to local rivers soon, before they’re done for the year!