Copyright 2013 James Marsh
Fly Fishing The Swift River New
The Swift River is a top notch New Hampshire brook trout
stream. It begins in the White Mountain National Forest
on Mount Kancamagus near Livermoore. The
twenty-three mile long stream is a tributary of the Saco
River. Fly fishing the Swift River is a fun, filled experience.
Its upper section is fast, mountain pocket water with lots
of plunges, small pools, some runs and short sections of
riffles. Although the native brook trout are only six to eight
inches in length, they are plentiful and beautiful.
Downstream the river's brook trout are mixed in with
rainbow and brown trout. Fly fishing the Swift River can
be a very pleasurable experience.
Access is excellent. State highway #112, called the
Kancamagus Highway, goes along the stream from its
hedwaters to Conway. From Conway downstream,
Passaconaway Road follows the Swift River in its lower
section. This road is also called Dugway Road. Both of
these roads have plenty of picnic areas, pull off places for
fishing and campgrounds along the way.
Probably the best thing about the stream is its "fly fishing
only" section that extends from the 113A bridge
downstream to the 113 bridge. Remember, this is a
freestone stream and you have to go with the flow. The
water levels can change quickly with heavy rainfall and th
stream can get low during long periods of time without
rain. You have to stay well hidden from the trout during
periods of low water and use longer, lighter leaders and
During the hot summer, concentrate on the tributaries.
There are many of them. One with very good access is
Douglas Brook. Bear Notch Road follows along most of it.
Most of these tributaries are very small but most of them
have good populations of brook trout. They are also
excellent places to fish when the main Swift River is high.
The season start Jan. 1 but it is usually May before the
fishing gets good.
The water can be high in the Spring from melting snow
and rainfall but the fishing is usually good.
The first part of Summer is good but the later part can get
quite warm in some areas.
Early Fall is excellent and a beautiful time for fly fishing
the Swift River.
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Swift River New Hampshire
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Recommended Tackle & Gear
4, 5 or 6 weight
Dry fly: 9 ft., 5 or 6X Nymphing: 71/2 ft.,
3 or 4X, Streamers 1-2X
Dry fly: 5 or 6X, Nymphing: 3 or 4X,
Best Fly Rod:
Perfect Fly Supreme Four, Superb Five
or Ultimate Six
For 4/5/6 fly line
Fly Floatants and Misc Items:
Loon Floatants, KISS Strike Indicators
Tools & Accessories:
Nippers, forceps, retractors, etc.