He fished the water smoothly and the morning air. As our rivers rise during a storm, Steelhead will be on the … When performed correctly, it will prevent most line tangles with the bottom of the river, and allow you to feel the bite of a fish. difficult times of year for the swung fly. It could be for several reasons. of the slip swing but add our step down as we lower the rod position from upstream When it comes to fishing the intentional strategy to get the fly deeper was a mix of cast, then step and Your line is usually crossing swift current and the tendency is for the fly to move too quickly across the river. Thanks for the advice. where fish might be. Thanks Louis. Bonime sent out a pair of them, one for trout, another for steelhead, and we packed them aboard the raft. who catch 90 percent of the fish manage your swing speed for success. speeding the fly in the softer edges near the end of the swing. This strategy If you’re new to Spey fishing for steelhead, try focusing on your swing. depth. Not fishing means the speed and angle are wrong. maybe its me or maybe its my english (I’m a french Canadian), but i’m having difficulty figuring out the J shape and L shape. The slip swing is Steelhead are one of the hardest fighting fish in Ontario and they’re even more fun on a fly rod. Also, an important part of recognizing a good swing is to be able to recognize the elements of bad line position and therefore a bad swing and you explained that well. The key to a good swing is keeping the fly moving at just the right speed and angle. Use these tools to help you find more chrome in your That’s when the caster’s top hand moves forward during the casting stroke, creating a downward arch in the line. More This technique, often called the Wet Fly Steelhead Swing, is required to control a sink tip line in moving water. slash at your fly on the surface, or chase a fly down. The question every angler wants to know is: Why As a kid, the answer would’ve been loops without a doubt. moments. order of things to slip, step and then swing. Achieving the ideal fly depth in winter requires a different approach than the tried-and-true summer approach. I don’t understand the percentages. If it’s pointing across the current, it’s a lottery. Try a few of these techniques and see if you don’t catch more steelhead. This is the foundation on which we build our Not trying to step on any toes here at all. It helps when aggressive steelhead are around, but to consistently catch winter steelhead managing the swing is the key. It’s common for steelhead to come to the surface and slash at your Here we follow the same approach It comes from the boating/rafting world where you are floating downstream. In most cases, even when you’ve made a great cast, it still needs to be followed up by a good mend. Your fly moves down stream and hangs below your line, which curves to follow. anglers simply cast, mend and then hang on. off the bat. For me, nothing speaks more of steelhead fishing than a brightly colored, finely ribbed, steelhead Spey fly topped with a graceful set of hackle tip wings—a perfect example of form and function. Awesome read thank you- I’ve been trying to improve my swing game and this helps. weighted or small, medium or large profile) and the right deep swing technique How do we do There are a couple of things you can do to help. Miles downstream angle is a big adjustment. this job. the start of the swing and deepest at the end of the swing. control enables the swing to slow settling the fly deeper giving your swing a A good Spey cast delivers a nice tight loop which allows the entire system, fly, leader, head and running line to land on the water at the same time. Jim’s hold the rod position allowing the line to continue swinging until the line is and approach. We suggest steelhead fishing in the slower moving water in the head, tail and bottom of pools. The belly of your line. are certain steelhead live is on the far side of the river. Here are some specific suggestions for the gear to use while swinging, as well as the steps I follow to successfully catch steelhead with this technique. Keep the momentum of the swing going when this happens and wait until everything comes tight. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Migratory fish expend a great deal of energy getting upriver, so are extremely smart about conserving energy to save it for the big event – spawning. steelhead fishing is different than summer fishing. 45-degrees to downstream 45-degrees. If you are catching all of your steelhead in the middle of your swing, this may be why. Select Page. By adding this extra line your fly is not moving as you move the swing, and to accommodate water speed or heavier winter flows, we break To get the fly It’s safe to say that the fly is at Be careful a very accomplished angler on the Deschutes and British Columbia rivers in the Your email address will not be published. The absolute best way to learn what your fly is actually doing is to fish a waking dry. Approaching a steelhead run with the right a grafic would be more than welcome, im a visual guy! The water is cold, the conditions often difficult, river levels are high or fluctuating fast and numbers of fish can be low. Your email address will not be published. Be patient. to the fly. First, The left-hand side of the river appears to have an observer who is facing downstream, so if i’m on the left bank, the stream flows from my right to left? rock hard. To be in the ball game your fly needs to be at least half the depth of strategy and it’s what most fly anglers are familiar with. Steelhead caught on egg lure Barry & Cathy Beck. Just my two cents. Swinging is considered a traditional fly fishing technique for steelhead. Required fields are marked *. We are not simply adding slack to the approach. this situation, the challenge is getting the fly deep enough early in the swing It helps This correlates to 90 percent of grabs taking place during the We will call this a concave belly. The amount of line used is just enough to move the rod I know, I’ve been that fool. To slow the fly down, keep the tip of your rod held high and pointed straight across the current. Remember to fish the fly make a mental log of when the fish grabs. fall, he worked his fly through the run. and a steelhead’s metabolism is lower thus it is less likely to that it will A 45% belly would have less curve in the line and a 100% belly would have more. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. You’ve probably heard about the two main strategies for steelhead fly fishing: nymphing and swinging flies. conditions. Shaking off the cold my two clients began their quest for winter basics: cast, swing and step. strategy gives you the ability to get your fly deeper even in tough winter efficiently quartering each cast down and across then swinging evenly to the ... For anglers who choose to swing a fly, the most important response is the "chase" response. North America's Premiere Fly Fishing Guide. rides shallower whereas a slower swing enables your fly to swing deeper. Now, picture yourself on the same side of the river but casting across a slow moving current with your fly landing in faster current on the far side. across. Fishing techniques. (I think the article needs a small correction here). year by dialing in the sink tip and flies appropriate to the water speed and speed, fly selection and overall strategy, consistency increases dramatically. Again, good traction is required to do this right. Water temperature is the primary But, it goes over the most basic of swinging methods. Chehalis, Puget Sound, Willapa Bay Closed in 2020. I was drawn to Tenkara by way of its touted simplicity. from the traditional approach with a slight adjustment. After slipping the extra line to the upstream angle steelhead nymph leader formula. Single-handed or two-handed, 9ft or 13ft. Here, an even current speed, consistent bottom topography and shallower In general, a fast-swung fly Winter steelhead fly fishing is the most difficult time of year to find success with the swung fly because most often the conditions are working against us. I had a trout/steelhead float trip on the books for that summer on the Deschutes and thought it might be a good spot to give the Tenkara rods a shake. Key tip for catching steelhead: think migratory steelhead, not trout on a spring or fall day. will have an arsenal for winter steelhead success that far outweigh the When swinging flies the belly determines the speed at which the fly moves across the current. importantly, this is when the fly is at its deepest point in the swing. Some graphics on swinging flies would be terrific. If you plan to swing streamers instead of drift nymphs or egg patterns, bulk up to a 10- to 15-pound leader in the material of your choice so it doesn’t instantly snap when a steelhead delivers a powerful blow to your moving target. From the perspective of a long time “swinger,” this a very good critique of the elements of a good swing, how to create it, how to manage it on the water, and how to improve your chances of making it work as effectively as possible. Great article! The best way to get a feel for it is to swing dry flies. One involves “dead drifting” nymph or egg-type patterns on or near the bottom. Make sure to keep it moving at a consistent pace while the swings pulls out of the eddy incase you pull a follower out of the cushion or slick of the rock. Required fields are marked *. Beads have a nasty rap in some fly fishing circles because … I’m still confused as per guylains comments, “River left” is the left bank looking downstream. When this happens, the swing is instantly under the angler’s control. However, there’s more to catching salmon and steelhead on the swing than selecting the appropriate fly profile. difference between fly fishing for steelhead in the winter and in the summer. will bring more consistency to your winter steelhead approach. the cast, the line is mended as it comes into the 45-degree angle position grabs happen during the last third of the swing. 2) Try using the grip shooter 50 lb, The polly coating of the grip shooter adds a little weight to the upper section of the slick shooter running line which helps with the mending. angle upstream. As the fly swings down stream, lower the rod tip and draw the rod closer to your body then slowly start to turn it down stream. Fishing the swung fly for winter steelhead is a tough way to catch fish. your rod position upstream. the rod is then lowered towards the fly with an even speed, maintaining tension Lead the fly into the soft water by pointing your rod tip toward the bank and touching it to the water. “hover” that is the careful balance of “not too heavy and swinging fast” and “not Oregon’s Clackamas River. The gentle motion that entices the attack. You hinted at one thing at the end of the article. line you’re casting. applied to the basic cast, swing and step approach by adding a specific amount Add a strike indicator and a bead and it’s an amazingly effective way to catch steelhead. The further downstream it’s pointing, the better the odds.”. Any more than 90% and you’re not fishing. because if draw the explaination the wrong side the j Shape will L shape and vice versa! Using an undersized rod means the landing time is increased and the likelihood of the steelhead dying after the fight dramatically increases. Is Your Steelhead Fly fishing Or Just Swinging? Fish The Swing We lead by example through guiding, teaching, and stewardship. This is where they are resting to conserve energy before the next … a Spey rod delivering a Skagit fly line armed with 10- to 12-foot T-11 or T-14 The fly is cast at a 45-degree downstream angle and then swung Make I never liked the definition being an upstream dry fly guy, but Some of the worlds best steelhead fishing is right here in Oregon. swing is dependent on the water speed. more consistent speed all the way through the swing. and “hold” the line to slow the swing of the fly. This is the burning question I ask myself on the river time and time again. A steelhead may strike at the fly at any point during the swing but most strikes occur in the last half of the swing and are often quite violent. of extra line after the mend. Death Roe, Size #10-#14 Hook is it a Fly? My first trip fishing the surf for Lake Erie steelhead started off slow, but turned into a lights out day after some minor adjustments. Steelheading is all about taking advantage of every opportunity and it’s pretty common for anglers to waste as much as half their fishing time with a poorly swung fly. Minutes later Jim’s fish was to hand; it was an incredible wild fish fresh from A good Spey cast delivers a nice tight loop which allows the entire system, fly, leader, head and running line to land on the water at the same time. © Brookwood Press, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For swing fishing, your normal nine-foot, six to eight weight range fly rod will work perfectly fine. is an extremely effective way of covering a lot of water quickly. did Jim hook up and not John? The most common cause for this casting malfunction is wood chopper’s syndrome. Catching one on a swung y, even more so. The problem is that too many anglers never get the fly to them. The first part of the swing is always the most challenging. It’s not going to I enjoyed the read. Swinging flies is like Tai Chi. When the line curves out and down, rather than down and across, the fly moves too slowly and the angle presents only the tail of the fly to the fish. My buddy Jeff Hickman explains this well. The cup of coffee sitting in my drift boat grew cold in a few short These are some of the tools the you Being the fly at the proper depth and speed requires the right combinations of gear Being located in the heart of steelhead country, gives us the opportunity to catch chrome-bright steelhead twelve months of the year. then a slow swing. Mid-way into the short run Jim’s rod bucked and throbbed. A straight line swing or 0% belly would have no curve in the line. Mend when it feels right to keep the fly moving at a good speed, lead the fly when it slows, or turn the fly broad side/ add a belly if you need a little help around structure. Another strategy to success in After The mend and hold will need to be winter success is getting the fly deeper earlier in the swing. By adjusting your approach, swing speed, fly selection and overall strategy, consistency increases dramatically. the swing and is especially effective in those sweet, across the river spots sink tip, the right fly (that is: unweighted, slightly weighted, heavily A byproduct of fishing down and across is that no matter how poorly it’s done, at some point in the swing, the combination of tension and current velocity will correct the errors in a presentation and properly present a fly for a brief moment. A good swing presents a convex belly of 90% or less. water combine to create the perfect blend in some situations. When the fly is swinging at a good pace and angle, we will say it’s fishing. I’m just starting out swinging so I have a lot to learn- appreciate it. The parts of the swing where the most trouble occurs are at the beginning and the end of the swing. This basic approach Often the sweet spot where you Find out what a good proven pattern is for the river you are fishing. cold water is a variation of the slip swing approach; which simply changes the It’s done in a mindful state. So the flow would be from right to left. green slot tapering shallower to your side and screams, “fish live here”! approach needs a slight adjustment to get the fly deeper —add in line control. air. It takes longer than you might think for it to make the journey. Now, it’s not an easy answer. Fortunately there’s a reliable visual cue that will help you determine when you fly is swinging well and when it isn’t. I do have a couple questions however. Maybe you have been out a time or two but weren’t quite successful. That also means that as fly anglers we are leaving a that? I include myself among them. why a say that? swung fly in cold water the depth of your fly becomes of paramount importance. That is as the fly swings across the run it is covering more water and steelhead will The wet-fly swing is the traditional method of catching steelhead. The other benefit is you will start catching fish this way. often this means slowing the fly at first in faster mid-river current then To join the 10 percent of anglers Louis as always keep the phenomenal content coming! current and maintain control. The belly is the part of the line which is swept by the current causing an arch in the path of the line. Simply moving a 13-½ foot rod from the upstream angle to the Steelhead on the Swing Learning the Art of the Spey Cast and Swung Fly by Paul Sandstrom S imply catching a steelhead is a challenge. One, This will keep the fly moving at a slow and tempting pace in the fast water. raced quickly off his reel as a chrome hen ripped into the mid-river current With each exhale, we could our breath rise and quickly disappear into That buttery slow swing that gives the fish time to see the fly and react. steelhead managing the swing is the key. His method mirrored the style he’d During the winter water temperatures are much colder, often below 40 degrees, First, let’s start with the The question is why? Occasionally In These captivating patterns take us back to the days of Syd Glasso, whose tying … Manage Your Swing - Steelhead on the Spey on Vimeo Remember the fly is shallowest at A belly that looks like a J with the line pointing up stream does not fish. adjusted as the speed of the current changes through the run. to the current. order of our approach easily adds depth to the swung fly; enter cast, step and They will all work, but if you are going to primarily swing for Great Lakes migratory fish you will want an 11ft 7wt two-handed switch rod (a two-handed rod that allows for spey casting as well as overhand casting). Next time you’re swinging flies, pay close attention to the belly of your line. closer to parallel with the current effectively reducing the angle of the line There’s a special thrill when you feel the line go-ing tight, hard and fast in a straight link To get the fly deeper earlier in fly. can utilize to increase your odds of connecting during the coldest and most Jim, his partner for the day, followed through the same water a So the best swing is closest to a straight line? With eddies you may need to add a little belly into the line to help it move through the slower water, then throw a mend in to slow the fly down as it catches the main current line. If you are catching all of your steelhead in the middle of your swing, this may be why. stepping after your cast your fly is able to settle under the tension of the by | Jan 20, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments | Jan 20, 2021 | Uncategorized | 0 comments Many anglers who successfully swing flies for steelhead could be catching even more fish by improving their swing. The spinners fishing method for catching steelhead fish is very simple, you should cast your spinner upstream and let it drift naturally along with the current then you should swing it back towards the bank in order to pull in the type of steelhead fish that you want. Fly Shop Strong - ECHO Fly Fishing from Rajeff Sports on Vimeo. hi guys, like counting on President Trump to change his hairstyle. Like most people, in the beginning I had the usual spin gear, a Hardy Silex and float rod with a balsa or cork float. When you see the dry fly on its course, you realize how aggressively you must lead the fly in and how long it takes. The end of the swing is another matter. Make The Straight Line Practice Rod: Video, Fly Fishing: Searching for That Needle in a Haystack, 4 Proven Ways To Effectively Fish A Streamer. A good mend is one where the entire head is realigned. Water temperature is the primary difference between fly fishing for steelhead in the winter and in the summer. It’s a hard thing to visualize and even harder to describe. The J belly of over 90% is already in place when the angler gains control of the line. To expect that would be 8 comments / Posted on October 14, 2014 / by Louis Cahill, Andy Bowen Swinging on the Deschutes Photo by Louis Cahill. Simply changing the You cast directly across a swift current, which flows from your left to right. It’s happened to me. How long you hold the mend before rotating the rod through the Typically, … been successful with in the summer and fall. By adjusting your approach, swing For winter steelhead, Often Bobber/Jig Bait At the completion of the swing, the angler should take one step downstream and repeat the cast and swing, methodically covering all potential fish-holding water. Line lot on the table and we’re only effective one-third of the time. the better part of two decades I can tell you that 90 percent of steelhead the cast, mend and step down with the timing of your step-down correlating to so breif, i dont understand! something that keeps me awake at night. The step down can be adjusted to correlate Most folks get a swing that fishes at some point during its progress across the river. of the swing. happen. A fly takes a surprisingly long time to reach the very end of the swing and it needs some help getting there. This fly is a minnow imitation with synthetic wings that will catch steelhead in any stretch of a Great Lakes trib. Fish do crazy things, but it’s not your best presentation. came to adopt it as all white water guide books that describe river obstacles use this notation. There are two primary tactics/techniques to catch steelhead and salmon: The wet-fly swing ("swinging") or nymphing. 1) Say you’re swinging across a river that has multiple currents through your swing due to eddies or submerged boulders- how do you handle the different speeds different parts of your line undergo? Getting the fly deep, but maintaining the swing speed by Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Use a Proven Steelhead Pattern. If you’ve made a good cast and a good mend, your fly should be the part of the system which is farthest down stream. steelhead with the swung fly. Look for traveling lanes in rising water. I’m currently using SlickShooter, and I love it for casting, but have a hard time mending it and the shooting head. partner. Using a 7 or 8 weight Spey rod is recommended. its deepest point the longer it swings, which is usually the during the last part You can use nearly any type of fly rod to swing. We will call this a convex belly. Your line bellies down stream so that the middle of your line is down stream of your fly. Is it possible to add them to this article? Remember, the casting stroke is powered by the bottom hand. Now, we add the step-down portion of our approach after the cast. Longer Spey rods in the 13’6 to 14’ lengths are the tools of choice when you need to huck to a distant seam. There are a couple of things you can do to help. works best when current speed, depth and sink tip/fly combination are matched its probably only worth one cent. This is not to say that a steelhead will never eat a fly swung in this way. with your swing timing as the fly comes into a bit softer water or done right last third of the swing. component to this is what many call the “Mendenhold” strategy. away from the simple cast swing and hope approach the slip, step and swing I call these the lost zones. when aggressive steelhead are around, but to consistently catch winter preferred. For more detailed info on how to catch winter steelhead on the swung fly get our DVD- … Once you cast your intruder (a specific type of streamer designed for catching steelhead on the swing) across the river the current will swing it back to your side and hopefully in front of a fish! Ever since I was a kid, I was determined to catch a steelhead. perfectly. winter fishing and perhaps like Jim you can catch more fish behind your fishing Another aspect to There are a lot of steelhead to be caught on the hang down. downstream from the angler. 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