With a busy life keeping me away from trout the past few weeks, I managed to carve out a brief afternoon window for the Swift Hatchery Pipe area.
It was challenging. IMO, skip this stretch.
I was throwing dries downstream at the top of the run and could see everyone. About six anglers cycled in and out. No one below me had fish on from what I saw. I chatted after with one of them, who found that it was a tough outing. Maybe it was the high flows? Maybe it was because the water felt warmer than usual, which I attribute to reservoir turnover (cf. this post) at the Quabbin?
Maybe it was all about my location, but, I luckily went three-for-three throwing small dries. No monsters in the net. But, I am happy for the rainbow and two brookies that Lady Luck provided.
I didn’t see many fish or any brookies on redds. I continue to think that September and much of October are very challenging at the Swift. I find conditions are much better in November, once the brookies are in full spawning mode.
So, with the CT and MA stocking trucks starting to roll, I think other waters will be more productive.
As for me, I will continue to focus mostly on the Farmington. I am still trying to learn that gem of a river. Water flows there are low right now, but I’d like to take on that challenge.
Stay tuned. I hope to have a report next week.