Fishing Season: Open year-round

Swift River - MA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Jay Aylward's Tip of the Week

good numbers of fish and good bug action have been keeping things going over here. By now you know the drill over here, Small bugs and smaller tippets. I would be hunting with various midge and blue wing creations, and as always be on the lookout for risers. . Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions, this river gets super busy so be aware of your social distance.

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5-Day Outlook as of 9/28/23

This week looks good, and match the hatch fishing should be on your mind.

Techniques & Tips as of 9/28/23

I would say nymphing would be your best technique, and the fish are starting to look up for terrestrials.

Local Species Available Open year-round

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Jay Aylward's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Sparkle Dun N/A
Pale Morning Dun Thorax N/A
Dave's Cricket N/A
Flying Ant N/A
Bead Head Prince N/A
Lightning Bug N/A

Sparkle Dun

A must-have in every box of trout flies

Jay Aylward's Recommended Gear

Description: About Swift River

The Swift River is the outflow of the Quabbin reservoir, and is a bottom released body of water and remains cold year round. This ultra-gin clear river offers challenging opportunities for above average browns, bows, and brookies. The clarity of the water makes it look shallower than it is. Small flies and light tippets are key on this river. It sees a lot of pressure and the fish are educated. BE patient and persistent and you will be landing fish over there.

Nearest Airport:



BWO's Midge's Sulphers Hoppers/crickets Tricos

Best Time to Fish:

Early and late

Best Stretch:

Above the Rt. 9 Bridge

Best Access:

Route 9 Bridge