Danimal is Back in Town

by | May 31, 2022 | fly fishing New Hampshire

New-HampshireYou’ve met my friend Dan Swift (Danimal) before.  We used to fish together around Cody, WY.  Most recently was last year when we fished his cottage lake house waters over around Alton, NH.  Dan and I go way back.  He worked for me in the fly shop in the 90’s and went on in the real world from there.  He still loves to fish although he doesn’t get to do it as much.


Dan-SwiftDan has never been on Lake Winnipesaukee so instead of me heading right to Alton, he came up here and met.  I’d have made big plans for fishing him on the lake but we had threatening weather and a steady 15 mph northeast wind.  It wasn’t exactly safe for canoeing.  However, I took him into one of our somewhat sheltered areas and Dan was able to stick two very handsome smallmouth, a dozen rock bass and a hearty bluegill.


bluegillThe fun thing about the bluegill was that we saw an entourage that included two fancy bass boats and a film crew.  It turns out it was New England’s fishing TV host, Charlie Moore and crew.  They found it particularly unique that two grown men were out fly fishing from a 50 year Old Town in a windstorm and filmed us rousting up a few fish with fly rods (few people fly fish here).


warmwater-flyfishingAfter a wonderful Garwood’s lunch it was time to get off the big lake.  Conditions worsened and the threat of heavy rain lingered.  We arrived at Dan’s to calmer conditions.  It was evening by now but his lake also has great protection.  He generously paddled me around and I caught at least a dozen nice little largemouth bass, half a dozen nice bluegill, one yellow perch, one smallmouth bass and a chain pickerel.  Every fish was on a popper!


flyfishing-NHI love this place.  I love warmwater fly fishing.  Dan’s lake is a peaceful one and its late spring so its lush green everywhere you look.  Tomorrow will be a good fun day!


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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!