pros and cons of nymphing with a fly rod?

cons. trying to hide the bobber and bead for the ever necessary glory shot, then trying to tell your friends that swing how you were fly fishing as they stare at you skeptically.
or trying to prove how "cool" you are by a) leaving the your "swung" fly in the corner of the mouth for the glory shot that took you 5 minutes to get just right, and b) stating very clearly in your report that "I SWUNG this fish up the other day..." :rolleyes:
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
or trying to prove how "cool" you are by a) leaving the your "swung" fly in the corner of the mouth for the glory shot that took you 5 minutes to get just right, and b) stating very clearly in your report that "I SWUNG this fish up the other day..." :rolleyes:

It only took me 30 seconds to set my fish up for that shot, I take offense! :rolleyes:

FYI WFF, Randall Clark is aware of this because I think he might be a bit experienced in this practice, I say take every thing he says with a grain of salt.. In my opinion you should be the most skeptical of the skeptics.
 
Tongue in cheek, based purely on some of the ridiculousness I see posted.

It always comes down to the same bullshit being flung (admittedly, I get sucked into it on occasion) from two distinct sides of the equation, it is usually started by the same side (hint: not the nymphers). Only serves to create a divide among anglers. It would be nice if, for once, a steelhead thread could not sink to those depths. Too many keyboard tough guys I guess...

Btw, earlier comment wasn't directed towards you, Irafly.
 
This thread was never about swinging vs nymphing, rather what merit nymphing with a fly rod has over nymphing with a spinning rod. Thank you to the 3 people who actually read and responded to the original post. Definitely not a troll here, I actually prefer to fish the swing. I feel like being able to fish multiple disciplines makes me a better spey fisherman and better at understanding and locating steelhead.

In other news I went to the video premier of "Hatchery and Native" last night in Portland, I believe it's up on their site now.
Just curious here, but what kind of fish is a spey fish. I assume that a spey fisherman must be fishing for speys.
SA
 

PT

Physhicist
An indicator fisherman can become a good swinger faster than a swinger can become a good swinger. Catching fish helps you learn where they are. Once you learn where they typically hold, after putting quite a few under your belt, you can learn how to get her down, keep her down, and bring her across nice and slow to start catching fish.
 
An indicator fisherman can become a good swinger faster than a swinger can become a good swinger. Catching fish helps you learn where they are. Once you learn where they typically hold, after putting quite a few under your belt, you can learn how to get her down, keep her down, and bring her across nice and slow to start catching fish.

You speak the truth; the best swingers I know learned to fish for steelhead on bait and spoons before they ever picked up a two hander.
 
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Charles Sullivan

ignoring Rob Allen and Generic
An indicator fisherman can become a good swinger faster than a swinger can become a good swinger. Catching fish helps you learn where they are. Once you learn where they typically hold, after putting quite a few under your belt, you can learn how to get her down, keep her down, and bring her across nice and slow to start catching fish.
I struggled with learning how to flyfish for PNW winter fish. I had nymphed many up in the great lakes, but struggled here. I only really got better once I fished with couple others and watched them, and watched them catch.

There also is an important distinction to be made between summer fish and winter fish, and to a lesser extent wild and hatchery. With the closure of the PS winter rivers, I travel to fish wild summers more and more. The visual aspect of floating line and dry flies really lessen the learning curve.

There is an increased amount of positive reinforcement with the strikes that you see with floaters that you likely never feel with tips. This lets you know where they live. Additionally you learn a lot about how to slow down your fly when you watch it wake accross.

Anyhow, continue bashing swingers. I just thought there was a bit more to it thatn you all make it out.

Go Sox,
cds
 

PT

Physhicist
No bashing. I've seen many anglers go from drift fishing to swinging and be proficient immediately. I've seen none that picked up the 2 hander and had a clue where they'd find their first fish. I had a few hundred under my belt before ever buying my first 8100 RPL.

Also, the only times I've glo bugged was very specific pieces of water that couldn't be swung. I'd take the 5 minutes to switch just to see if I was right. Fishing that water was only to verify my suspicions. Then it was time to move on.
 

Irafly

Indi "Ira" Jones
Tongue in cheek, based purely on some of the ridiculousness I see posted.

It always comes down to the same bullshit being flung (admittedly, I get sucked into it on occasion) from two distinct sides of the equation, it is usually started by the same side (hint: not the nymphers). Only serves to create a divide among anglers. It would be nice if, for once, a steelhead thread could not sink to those depths. Too many keyboard tough guys I guess...

Btw, earlier comment wasn't directed towards you, Irafly.

It wasn't, bummer I had taken you off of the list of members I would fish a run with. Ok now your on the list again.