” I do have some 71/2 foot 4 and 5 weight rods – plus a couple of 7 foot 9 inchers. I use them a lot on small mountain streams and medium sized creeks and love them dearly, but I think anything shorter and lighter than that is too specialized to be very useful. If you’re spooking fish with an 8 foot, 5 weight rod, the answer probably isn’t a 7 foot 3 weight. The answer is a longer leader and a better cast”. – John Gierach on Rod Selection

I seemed to be out of the loop with this LL Salmon thing on the Swift.  It seems that some have been catching them with regularity but that was not the case for me until this past Monday when I took 5 out of the Flats above the Duck Pond. Now, I’ve had a few trips there within the last few weeks but no salmon until now which leads me to believe that the genesis of these fish is from a recent wash over from Quabbin this past Spring and not from spawning activity in the Fall of 2019.  Why is that?  

It appears that these 6 to 8 inch fish are seeking safety in numbers and are still hanging out together.  Stream born fish will separate as they grow bigger while these guys are still strangers to the Swift environment.  Another reason is that we will catch plenty of 2 and 3 inch brookies but no 2 or 3 inch salmon that I’ve heard about.

Let’s hope that they learn to feed on tiny brookies and grow larger and can successfully spawn in the Swift.

Fly Rods

The quote at the top of this post makes so much sense.  There seems to be a weird trend that states that one must go with the lightest rod possible if you are dry fly fishing.  Well, common sense solutions get you in trouble more often than not.  My first trout caught on a size 28 dry was caught with a 9 foot 5wt fly rod.  The rod, slightly on the moderate action side, could lay out  a very soft cast but also punch a line into a good wind. And with a 12 foot 7X leader it was a good small dry fly tool.  It also gave me the distance that some of these fairy wands can only dream about.

Is there an “all around” dry fly rod?  The answer is No but my personal choice for the Swift would be a 7 to 7 and a half foot bamboo coupled with a 4wt double taper line. The Millers would find me with 7 and a half foot to 8 foot 5wt matched to a weight forward line for the distance and for beating the wind which can be problem on that river.

I love Triangle Tapers when the conditions are good as in NO WIND.  Other than that I’ll fish a DT line.

The Drought

I don’t think we’re praying hard enough!!!!!


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