New guy here

#1
Hey all, I am new to this site and to spey fishing for steelhead. I have caught plenty of steelhead on a center pin and conventional gear but have yet to get one on a spey rod in WA (caught a few on the Wallowa). This is a really new guy question but what is fishing the swing? I unfortunately have week days off and serious monetary constraints so I can't make the free clinic or pay to go to one during the week. Any help on how to actually fish these flies would be much appreciated.
 

Preston

Active Member
#2
"Fishing the swing" is the traditional method of fly fishing for steelhead (or for Atlantic salmon, for that matter). It is also referred to as the wet-fly swing and, in its simplest form, consists of making a quartering, downstream cast, making a mend, or mends, and allowing the fly to swing until it comes to rest hanging downstream ("the hangdown"). usually, the angler then takes a step or two downstream and repeats the cast; a very effective means of covering the water.
 

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