Fishing Season: Open year-round

Swift River - MA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

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Jay Aylward's Tip of the Week

Small bugs subsurface have been getting it done. We have been seeing some sporadic risers since the last cold snap. These guys have been a challenge these days, but I would be ready with midge cripples, emergers, and small spinners. This is a super fun place to spot and stalk trout, be slow, stealthy, and intentional with your presentations. If you are stalking individual fish try a light weight nymph behind a small split shot. Be aware of COVID-19 restrictions, this river gets super busy so be aware of your social distance.

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Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 5/4/21

Keep your eye out for Early season Blue wings.

Techniques & Tips as of 5/4/21

I would stick to the light line nymphing techniques. Be aware of any Covid-19 restrictions that may apply.

Current Conditions as of 5/4/21

Keep your eye out for Early season Blue wings.

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