Re: Swift and Millers
Hey there. I have not hit the swift C & R / FF only area since March. There were fish then, but fewer than many years that late in the winter. There was a heck of an ice shield, that could have been the factor... But you could still do well.
Most guys end up going really small and midge focused on there. I've found small red or olive and red midge variations (18-24 - I dont like to go smaller becuase I can't see it, but I know guys who fish 26's and 28's on there) work great there.
That said, the past two years, my favorite flies there were a size 14 yellow McPhail bug (you tube this name if you are not familiar) and a size 12-8 hopper/cherynobyl ant.
I've heard it's getting better, but April sounded slow, and it did not get stocked until almost May, so most everything to that point was hold over...
The millers has been solid. Slower than earlier in May, but good. I had a cool Hex hatch going there saturday PM which was awesome. Size 10-14 light colored Wet's have been working well, and I've caught several on a orange butt black bead head pheasant tail nymph as well as a butt ugly size 10 or 8 hopper I use primarily as a strike indicator this time of year.
That's a fun river to fish, just make sure you have a wading staff, it's got holes, lots of rock and tanic water so it's not the easiest place to wade.
Just realized you posted this last week, I hope you made out well!