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    Eddie let me know how you do planning on making at least one more trip before the winter !!!!

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    This is a good time of year to fish the Swift. They just did the fall stocking about 2 weeks ago. I was up there fishing a few days after the stocking and the fishing was great. I caught quite a few rainbows all 15 inches or bigger.
    Joe

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    Guys as this will be my first time on the Swift, what would you recommend in terms of rod / line weight? From what I've seen from the bridge I'm guessing a 7 1/2 #3.
    Any help appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eddie O'Neill View Post
    Guys as this will be my first time on the Swift, what would you recommend in terms of rod / line weight? From what I've seen from the bridge I'm guessing a 7 1/2 #3.
    Any help appreciated
    Allot of the locals seem to prefer lighter rods and tippet. It's not unusual to see someone with a 000 wt rod there casting tiny flies. I've had good luck using a short 4 wt rod with 5x or 6x tippet and flies between size 18 - 10.
    Joe

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    Thanks for the information. Hopefully going up tomorrow, I'll let you know how it went
    Eddie
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    Well I made the 98 mile trip on Tuesday morning. I arrived at 08:00 and I was the only guy on the river. The river above route 9 was gin clear and fish were evident in good numbers. Plenty of Rainbows and Brook trout.
    Although the weather was good, sunny and clear there was a chilly wind blowing and as a result there was very little top of the water action. There were quite a few trees down across the river, I guess as a result of a fairly recent storm, this however did not detract from the wading and gave a fair bit of cover for the fish.

    I did struggle for the first few hours, eventually switching to small nymphs and did start to get a fair bit of interest, but did not manage to land any fish. I suspect my flies may have been a bit on the big side, size 14&16.
    I met a few guys throughout the day, all of which were very friendly and offered some sound advice on the river. One guy had quite a few fish on a wooly bugger, not a fly I would normally fish on a river, but it worked for him. I did not see a great amount of fly life, maybe the time of year.
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    I enjoyed the day and will definitely return.

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    Hey Ed I wish I was on here before you went anyways next time you go use a San Juan worm they are deadly there. The rainbows and salmon can't resist them. Use the red and orange ones. There's a tackle shop back in the center of town that carries them R&R sports its on federal st in belchertown. I hope to go out there one more time this year.

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    Thanks for the tip, just looked at the fly, never heard of it before. Easy to tie, so I'll make sure I've got some for the next trip.

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    Ya no kidding all it is is a piece of string basically!

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    Ya no kidding all it is is a piece of string basically!

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    I think the Swift is maybe the best stream in Massachusetts but it gets a lot of pressure and IMHO the fish are very educated. I see the Swift as a technical challenge- you have to do everything just right- you normally cast to sighted fish. Match the hatch? Yeah but maybe even more important is a flawless presentation. Well worth the trip there.

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