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Spey 101

Building a basic understanding of Spey casting, including techniques, equipment, terminology, and history. All Spey 101 content is free to view for non-members. Learn and Enjoy!

Conservation

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Passing on healthy rivers and fish populations to the next generation is a responsibility all swung fly anglers must be committed to. Keep tabs here on the latest news from our conservation partners and learn how you can help.


Fly Tying

  • Playing in the Mud
    Rick Kustich gives us hope when the water turns muddy. Check out this article and perhaps you will have new strategies when other fly fishers…
  • No Fish Harmed: Will Bush
    Fly tying and tackle history, some fine spey casting on beautiful British Columbia steelhead water and more with one of today's iconic classic fly tyers…
  • The Orange Asher: a swung trout dry
    "During my tailgate meditation, I felt thankful to have spent time on the water with my dog and for the little orange fly that resulted…
  • Shakey Bealey
    The story of this fly involves a hard-to-find run on an easy-to-find river, a snowstorm, and an old park ranger with shaky hands.

Atlantic Salmon

  • Icons: Simon Gawesworth
    Icons, a web series from Swing the Fly, looks at the most influential figures in spey casting and swinging flies from North America and beyond…
  • Episode 66 – David Bishop
    https://www.spreaker.com/user/11272357/episode-066 I got the chance to speak with David Bishop this week. Listen in as we discuss fishing at two-years-old, the beauty of casting, working…
  • The Last Salmon
    I sometimes feel as if Angler #1 (Dry Fly Guy) is perched on my left shoulder and Angler #2 (Bottom Ranger) sits on my right…
  • Terminal Thinking
    Terminal thinking seems especially prevalent as we contemplate the changes to our lives in a post-COVID-19 world. It’s a tough time to be a swinger…

Great Lakes

International

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  • Icons: Simon Gawesworth
    Icons, a web series from Swing the Fly, looks at the most influential figures in spey casting and swinging flies from North America and beyond…
  • An Adventure in Argentina
    Southern Patagonia is known for its windy days.
  • The P.T. Slow Swing
    So simple and so effective, I cannot say how often it‘s saved my day, from my rivers at home, to along the classic rivers in…
  • The Green Machine and the Rio Grande
    Last January, Michael and I finally stood on the banks of the Rio Grande in Tierra del Fuego. Like always, we booked on a relatively…

Spey Casting


Trout Spey

  • Fishing Winter Midges With The Trout Spey
    Greg Pearson shares a day on the river swinging midges in search of wild trout.
  • The Orange Asher: a swung trout dry
    "During my tailgate meditation, I felt thankful to have spent time on the water with my dog and for the little orange fly that resulted…
  • Icons: Steve Bird
    In this installment of Icons, we visit with Steve Bird, Chief Information Officer of Trout Spey, caretaker of Steve's Eddy on the Shining Reach, and…
  • Icons: Whitney Gould
    Icons, a web series from Swing the Fly, looks at the most influential figures in Spey casting and swinging flies from North America and beyond…

West Coast