I fished a 1/2 day today on the Swift. With our freestones’ water temperatures plummeting, I didn’t feel like risking a long drive only to find catatonic trout.
I hit the hatchery pipe area and got in before the crowds arrived. I also headed to the Y Pool area, and, then, drove home a little past 12 noon.
I landed 12 trout: nine rainbows, one brown, and two brookies. Landed only one on a dry, which was a 12″ brookie. I duped the other fish sub-surface. The highlight there was a 17″ rainbow. A new #22 soft hackle I had tied worked well. Photos of some of the fish are up top.
I could be wrong, but I’m seeing fewer fish in the usual stretches. I think we are gliding into the lean times for trout, and some are probably starting to hang out in deeper runs and placid pools.
Plenty of forage thus far at the hatchery pipe area. I pumped one trout’s stomach, and it was full of midges, simulium, and sow bugs (edit: or, are they scuds?).