Yesterday I took George for a tour/fishing trip to the Swift River. We got to the gage station parking lot by 8:00AM and there was only one person at the hatchery pipe run. We had a brief chat. He had caught a few fish already and moved down toward the fallen tree pool. We lost count of how many fish George fooled. After losing a few fish on the small flies he was using, George got the hang of setting the hook and then letting the fish run a bit before bringing them in for the release. One of our objectives was to show George the various fishing areas/access points, so after an hour or so we took a walk down to Cady Lane, spotting fish and pointing out some pools and runs to fish on subsequent trips on his own. Then after a streamside lunch at the goose-pen pool we parked near the route 9 bridge and fished the upper river in the afternoon. There were lots of fishermen in the Y-pool, so we fished a couple spots in the bubbler run. George fooled a couple fish and landed this nice rainbow. There were lots of big fish in the run, but with the low water, they were real difficult to approach with any kind of presentation.
The Y-pool continued to be crowded, so we hit a couple other spots on the way downstream back to route 9. George got a nice male brooktrout at the hemlocks and then fooled a few rainbows at Stan's favorite nymphing spot. Overall, the best flies were the soft hackles (red, black, olive.) Other successful flies were the green copper John, and pheasant tail nymph - size 20.
The water was about 53F and the air was over 60F - a really great day. Can't be too many days like this left in 2010!