Fly fishing is a sport that inspires a lot of dedication. You see anglers that are dedicated to only fishing dries, or only fishing soft hackles on the swing, or only fishing one particular river. Once you find something that works for you, why do anything else?
One thing that I’ve been pretty dedicated to lately is swinging flies on a Spey rod for trout. It’s one of those things that is still new enough out here you don’t see very many people doing it or even talking about it. But it works. Very well.
There have been days when if I was fishing with a single hand rod with an indicator and double nymph rig I would have caught a lot more fish. Take the other day for example. I was fishing downstream of Livingston last Saturday in a spot that has some great swing runs and some very large browns but also has some water that would be better fit for nymph rigs down deep.
I stuck to my guns with the Spey and all I got to show for it was one solid grab about halfway though the day. Those always happen when you least expect them. I was looking off at the mountains, daydreaming, when the rod almost got pulled out of my hands. One good tug and that was it. He wouldn’t eat again despite repeated swings through the same spot.
Swinging flies with two handed rods is so different than regular fly fishing it really intrigues me. Everything is different.. The cast, the equipment, the technique, the flies. There is so much to fly fishing it just keeps growing and growing and there are always new avenues to approach. Even if you’ve been doing it for years there is still more to learn and try out.
And while it may not be the most productive method in terms of numbers of fish, swinging flies will generally get you into better fish. There will be days when you just don’t catch much, or when the highlight is a big grab and that’s it. But when it happens, when you connect with that big brown you’ve been looking for, it’ll all be worth it. That’s worth the dedication.
Once you find something in fly fishing that you really love and enjoy, dedicate yourself to that. The rewards will come.