What is "Swinging" a Fly?

"Swinging" a fly may seem new but it is actually an old, traditional 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. Mending can also impact the swing of the fly.

Of course, there can be much more to it than that. One of our favorite books on the subject is 

Trey Comb's Steelhead Fly Fishing

"Swing the Fly" is a magazine, website, & community dedicated to the culture and techniques that revolves around swinging a fly.

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