I don't know why I read these threads or how they reach 7 pages. Why does this continue to come up? Just go fishing for fucks sake. Who cares what others think between the pros and cons of swinging vs nymphing. Grow a backbone and do what makes you happy and don't ask these guys what they think. Unless your a troll and enjoy seeing a bunch of guys with too much time on their hands get all worked up.
Nice work, Freestone. You made it worth wading through this garbage.
I don't know why I read these threads or how they reach 7 pages. Why does this continue to come up? Just go fishing for fucks sake. Who cares what others think between the pros and cons of swinging vs nymphing. Grow a backbone and do what makes you happy and don't ask these guys what they think. Unless your a troll and enjoy seeing a bunch of guys with too much time on their hands get all worked up
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.
Ok, to answer the OPs question. For me, there really aren't too many cons, except that [for me] it's more difficult to get really really long drifts & get good drifts in slots that have several different currents speeds between the angler (that part is due to my own preference for shorter glass rods = less line control on the water). For me the pros are that I never get bored fishing with an indi/nymph combo. I like being able to sneak up on potential fish holding areas and then catch fish a rod length or two out, that's fun...much more fun than just swing, step, swing, step, repeat 500 times [for me]. I never have a problem casting my setup because I don't use much weight and I rarely use extra split shot...I carry it with me if I want to try to pull a fish out of a really deep slot, but that's where my choice of flies come in. I typically fish various wooly bugger style flies tied very slender and with small tungsten beads or eyes on them. This combination allows for them to sink very fast but without too much weight where it makes casting difficult and they're not dragging in the stones. They are also very good when they swing up to the surface. I also happen to be a visual person, hence the indicator and watching that thing dive is fun [for me]. Don't get me wrong, I also enjoy watching fish hammer offerings that are at or close to the surface so I'll swing dry-line and skaters on occasion as well (usually occurs if I've either not caught anything, or have caught a couple and just feel like experimenting). I enjoy the challenge of trying to get a good drift with a fly rod in water that makes it difficult to do so...whether it's positioning myself or throwing in the extra stack mend, doesn't matter. That's why I like it.