I went to the Squannacook and fished the Bertozzi area. I hit the spots where I usually find trout. I had only one take. I saw a glimpse of pink of a trout that then headed for some underwater branches and popped off. Amazingly, the tippet didn’t break and I was able to steadily pull and get back my nymphs.
Still, it was nice to see again that river.
I also went to the Swift. Landed 15. Ten rainbows and five good-sized brookies. Wow, those brookies can pull for their size. I didn’t see many bugs other than midges mid-afternoon.
There were fish everywhere. With the brookies spawning and the rainbows thinking they are, fish were moving around and very active.
At one point, I found a midge on my waders. It sure was small. Dan Trela was right: their bodies are incredibly thin.
Nymphs with hot-spots continued to perform well. I’m partial to hot-pink thread that I put on as a collar right behind a bead. I threw many dry flies but didn’t get any takes on them.
A very rewarding, soothing, and fun outing.