Wachusett: We had very good conditions for sight fishing Saturday morning, light winds, sunny. Of course those conditions aren’t great for shallow water bass fishing. We did end up spotting a number of bass, both smallmouth and largemouth but had some trouble getting the larger ones to commit to the fly. Still we had some decent action on smaller bass, bluegills, and rock bass. I was surprised to find a very good sized male largemouth in the process of clearing a nest? There were several males milling about while this guy was hard at work digging and clearing the nest out. In addition, there was massive female hanging off to the side just waiting to drop her eggs in the newly constructed nest. She was truly an impressive fish – without having her in my hands I would’ve guessed she was at least 6 pounds!
Swift River: My first time at the Swift was this past Sunday morning. We fished mostly at the Y-Pool. In short, I got rejected a lot… I ended up hooking and landing only one rainbow and hooking and losing two more nicer fish. It was pretty cool being able to see every fish in the river and picking out specific fish to cast to. It didn’t sound like anyone else was doing particularly well – talked to a few people and it seems the action was sporadic all morning and I kept hearing the fish were especially “fussy” that day. I did observe a number of fish lazily feeding on what I imagine where midge emergers as I couldn’t see anything more substantial flying around and that the fish that were feeding displayed the classic head-and-tail rise form that usually denotes keying on emergers.
I’m planning on getting out to the Cape again this weekend for stripers and bluefish if I can find them. However, I’m tempted to go west for trout but that might have to wait until next weekend. There’s just too much to choose from! Anyone else fishing this weekend?