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Old 11-27-2011, 01:46 PM
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My wife wants to get her father something to do with fishing... they live only about 30 mins from the swift... are there any good guides for the swift?
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:19 PM
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Check with Rick Estes Owls Roost Outfitters. He is a member here on the forum. If he cannot help you, as the past president of the NH Guides Assoc he certainly can tell you who you should call.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:23 PM
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I would wait until next summer before tackling the Swift. Water is high now, and fishing is difficult. Depending on snowfall, the same conditions are likely to exist in the spring.

If your father in law is a beginner, I would suggest Marla Blair, at www.marlablair.com. She is very good with beginners, but is limited when dealing with more experienced anglers.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:27 PM
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i dont imagine he would want to fish it this late in the season... he is pretty green to the sport but motivated... so i figured we could give him the trip and use it in the spring after the trucks roll..

will the swift not drop over the winter? do they change the release and thats why it stays up?
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:49 PM
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Release is pretty constant at 50/120 CFS. The high flow is coming over the top via the spillway. The Quabbin system is a very large watershed with a single outlet. Spring flow will depend on the snowpack,and the possibility of heavy spring rains. I seldom fish it much before mid June, unless we have an exceptionally dry winter.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:55 PM
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I've run into Marla several times there. Bette Midler lookalike and she is very friendly and personable - unfortunately she also likes to monopolize the pool below "the Pipe", and when not fishing they are "resting the pool". On the other hand Ken Elmer seems to know everything there is to know about the Swift, Millers, and Westfield rivers, and his rates are also pretty low: http://millersriverflyfishingforum.blogspot.com/

Agree with FF99 - wait until after the trucks roll again in spring to fish the Swift.
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Old 11-27-2011, 07:34 PM
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Sorry, I was thinking about a different swift..lol
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Old 11-27-2011, 09:12 PM
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I've run into Marla several times there. Bette Midler lookalike and she is very friendly and personable - unfortunately she also likes to monopolize the pool below "the Pipe", and when not fishing they are "resting the pool". On the other hand Ken Elmer seems to know everything there is to know about the Swift, Millers, and Westfield rivers, and his rates are also pretty low: http://millersriverflyfishingforum.blogspot.com/

Agree with FF99 - wait until after the trucks roll again in spring to fish the Swift.
Ken Elmer is good. There is also a NH guide, first name is Ryan, don't know his last name, that fishes the Swift quite often. I suggested Marla, because she is good with beginners. More experienced fishermen generally find her somewhat grating.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:15 PM
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Sorry, I was thinking about a different swift..lol
There you go thinking again Marc.
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Old 11-29-2011, 08:21 AM
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There you go thinking again Marc.
Ya I know, Hell I was on the MA FF forum and said I was heading to Bean Town to pick up a few things and they didnt realize I was talking about Freeport for crisesakes..
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