It’s true, stopping stocking over native fish would likely turn this river into a top brookie destination in the northeast. One of the best for sure. Problem is, that means a time period of sacrificing stocked rainbow fishing, and rainbows do provide most of the entertainment for anglers there at the moment.
Just a little food for thought… though maybe we could get a little discussion going on here in the dead of winter. Hypothetically, would you sacrifice a few years of stockie ‘bow fishing on a river near you if it meant eventually you would have prime brook trout fishing (to eventually replace the stockies when they are big enough to be worth opponents)? Should it be done? Do you think it could work on the Swift?
Warmer weather next week again in MA, try to get out if you can. If you are looking for non-swift spots that hold fish in the winter, you know where to reach me. I’m happy to help.