It’s about “the process”! For the ones who choose to swing, we are the hunters! It’s never been about just the fish. It’s everything! From preparation, telling stories at days end and everything in between. We become possessed by nature’s beauty. We unknowingly allow her to capture us. She pulls us in. Makes time go away for that moment. For Steelhead and trout, this is where we find them. We tap into this place and we are connected to the wild. To an infinitely abundant resource of natural environment as it was intended! It’s why those of us who choose to swing, do it. It is an insatiable desire that doesn’t go away. Ever! It stays with us when we leave like we were still there! There are feelings there that we can’t find anywhere else. We know them. They’re on the fringe but never quite resonate! What is it that makes this relationship so damn desirable? We know but at the same time we don’t know and maybe, just maybe, we don’t need to know! There is an IT factor that is alive and well. IT is an intangible and unquantifiable phenomenon that just simply is…. the process!
We are more naturally connected in this process on a basis that this technique is a tight-line swing. We are more connected indeed! This gives us the ability to control everything, which in turn allows us to “feel” everything. The more we feel, makes for a stronger relationship with our surroundings and each encounter. For us who have felt the electricity of a tight-line take, we already know! If you haven’t, its a special thing that must be experienced.
There are feelings there that we can’t find anywhere else. We know them. They’re on the fringe but never quite resonate!
With Spey, it is really easy to get technical. There are a lot of complex nuances involved. These things have much importance. Such as the physics of the cast, biomechanics, and body positioning to name a few. But for the sake of this piece and keeping your interest, I’ll save those things for on the water instruction and explanation. Here are some ideas of how SwingWater views the cast and some tactical fishing approaches.
When you make a cast into water that you’ve always thought to be just “eh” and end up with a connection, it opens up an entire new chapter in how you approach your days on the water.
This is our intent to articulate the main body of personality in the Spey life and why we choose to cast Spey rods and swing flys for Steelhead and Trout.
The cast is by far the most beautiful cast in all of fly fishing. Its complex, its compact, it is powerful yet fluid and elegant. Watching a really good caster is completely mesmerizing! The cast itself, learning the cast and teaching the cast is a major priority at SwingWater. It is our specialty and for good reason. Why? We who swing, spend pretty much, all of our time casting and searching runs. Most times, the water isn’t A-typical, walking speed, feature-less water. A rivers hydrology creates situations where we must adapt our swing. Before we can adapt our swing, a properly executed cast must be performed. We call it situational fishing. Situational fishing makes sense because every single step you take, the situation changes. Which means, so should we. More often than not, the proper cast has to be made before we can manipulate line to create the proper swing of our fly. That being said, SwingWater is an absolute specialist in teaching unorthodox cast placement and advanced swing tactics.
Advanced swing tactics are tactics used that are not the usual cast-mend-hope mentality! It’s obvious in a river, constant change is the game. There clearly isn’t a one size fits all anything in spey. Do you know what your fly is doing? No really, do you? How does the shape of your line-belly affect your fly’s direction, speed and presentation type? What about leader length and type? These are just a few of many small details that will absolutely affect your time fishing. All of these nuances are things learned through experience by a compelling obsession to create fish encounters and we love to pass it on. A good mindset to have in general is to not hesitate to do something different. Are you looking at water where maybe there are fish but you never thought to swim a fly through? Just do it? Nothing to lose! Over time, track trends of where you spot fish and encounter fish in the river, then use this knowledge to your advantage. It’s really a perspective game of an angler thinks outside the box and evolves the standards set by the fore fathers. Nothing is ever set in stone and there are no rules. Blaze your own path and learn to find marginal and transition water. SwingWater has been very successful using an outside the box approach and we love to teach everything we know. It works! Attacking water with this mentality is the ultimate. When you make a cast into water that you’ve always thought to be just “eh” and end up with a connection, it opens up an entirely new chapter in how you approach your days on the water.
This is our intent to articulate the main body of personality in the Spey life and why we choose to cast Spey rods and swing flys for Steelhead and Trout. We hope this reaches you in good regards. Cheers to the hunters who swing it. Tight-lines.
It is SwingWater’s passion to teach and talk all things Spey. If you are a beginner wanting to learn it or an advanced angler wanting to know more, fishing with SwingWater will leave you wanting more.