What is “Swinging” a Fly?

“Swinging” a fly may seem new but it is actually an old, time-honored technique. 

Often referred to as the “traditional wet fly swing,” the basic technique is really pretty simple: Cast across the river and let the current “swing” or sweep your fly around to below your position.

The rod’s tip position can be altered to “lead” or “follow” the swing, adding control to the speed of the fly. Mending can also impact the swing of the fly.

Of course, there can be much more to it than that. Two of our favorite classic books on the subject are Trey Comb’s Steelhead Fly Fishing and Fine & Far Off, by Jock Scott.

Today, Swing the Fly is the source for the culture, techniques, flies and history that revolves around swinging a fly.

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