With a Winter Advisory in effect and water very high, I decided to fish. Thomas & Thomas repaired my rod in just 14 days, and I wanted to try my new neoprene waders. So, off I went to the Swift.
I knew immediately that this was going to be a different kind of day, as I saw very few fish at Spot A. Maybe it was because the brookie spawn has ended or the strong wind or the cold rain, but all of that portended a low-percentage day.
The flows at 631 cfs also made it challenging. I hit a few spots and had to hug the bank and roll-cast whenever possible. There were only a few hardy anglers out, and no wonder. I didn’t get one take, I didn’t see anyone else with a fish on.
After three hours of this, I reeled up and decided to hit BT’s Smokehouse on the way home. Conveniently located at the confluence of the Mass Pike and I-84, I’ve long eyed Damon’s Instagram posts about it.
Today was the day.
Unfortunately, they were out of all pork ribs, and so, I did the beef double-down and ordered the brisket and the beef ribs. The food was ridiculously good.
For those in metro Boston coming back from the Farmington or the Swift, BT’s offers a convenient location and even better food. Just note that they’re closed December 31 to January 7.
Catching fish is always the goal, but great BBQ is a nice Plan B.