Sorry, but too much time on the water to post - Well, that's my story and I'm stickin' too it! Here is an update for the last couple weeks: Fished the Swift River three times with diminishing returns. Caught fish each time, but had to work a lot harder for them each time. On two trips I explored the Bondsville section as recommended by Millerbrown on his blog. See link on the side of this page. On one trip I ran into Al, a regular on this blog (hi Al!) He was also checking out the Bondsville section. For Swift River regulars, that area is quite a revelation. (Although the lack of crowds normally seen at the Y-pool, will be a thing of the past if all you guys head out there!) If somebody blindfolded you and took you there without telling you it was the Swift River, you would never guess that is where you are. Mixed pools, pocket-water, fast runs, deep slow pools, etc. Caught some rainbows on dries and also a nice wild brooktrout. Fishing at the usual Swift River haunts was spotty. The hatchery pipe area was like a ghost-town! The only fish in the entire area were tucked in behind the fallen tree about 50 yards below the pipe. A few fish were spread out a couple hundred yards downstream near Cady Lane. Most fish are found from the route 9 bridge and upstream, and so are most of the fly fishers. With this heatwave and drought it is one of the few places to find fish.
I must confess that I have been finding some fish in the Pemigewasset River. Had a few guided trips up there this week and last for beginners and/or out of towners. Here is a video of a family from New Orleans, none of whom had ever fly fished, having a great time learning on the Pemi. And here are some pix/video of a trip I did today, teaching a NHer to fly fish on the Pemi. Practicing indicator nymphing turned up some nice rainbows. The fish were dark, perfect fins and no hook marks. Water temp was 64F in the morning and 66F in late afternoon. Glad some freestone rivers are holding up well.
My partner Jim and friends Dick and Jerry just got back from 12 + days in Montana. They had a great trip and I hope I can report when they will be doing a presentation about the trip at our TU chapter meeting. Jim is up north guiding on the CT and Androscoggin and Saco/Ellis rivers. He reports that water temps are good and plenty of fish have made it through the hot, dry summer (at least so far!)
This bodes well for September and October fishing. Stay tuned for information our September All-inclusive package trip to Errol, fishing the Androscoggin River.