What Does The Term “Swinging Flies” Mean In Fishing?

How to swing a fly

What Does The Term “Swinging Flies” Mean In Fishing?

If you are new to fishing, you have probably never heard of the term “Swinging Flies”. Well, there is no need to worry, as we will explain it in detail.

What It Means To Swing a Fly

Primarily, ‘swing’ is a term used by anglers who are fishing in moving waters and it just refers to the arc. It is a technique that utilizes a somewhat short line length most of the time. If you fail to do this, you risk losing control over the line hence making the detection of bites with subsurface flies and bites difficult.

How to Do it like a Pro

Effectively controlling depth is probably the trickiest part of swinging flies. It is easy to cast an angle downstream but then there is the mending part.

Once you complete your cast, it is time to throw an upstream mend that will slow your line and allow your fly to go deeper. You can mend it in the air prior to your line hitting the water if you are good at casting.

Allow it to Dangle

This refers to when your line extends straight downstream from your standing point. You leave your fly soaking there for a while before beginning the next cast.

Fish downstream will only see your fly after you have dangled it so you have to allow a few extra minutes for your line to straighten out completely.

PS: Watch This Video On Youtube To See How Swinging Flies is Done

Final thoughts

When it is properly done, swinging a fly, and catching fish can seem like pure magic. All anglers worth their salt swing streamers but different fly patterns can be detrimental to the swing.

While wet flies are many anglers favorite, they have been proven repeatedly to work over swinging flies. Either way, to each their own. Regardless of what you are swinging do not forget to be patient and wait for that anticipated yank.

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Erick Thompson

Hi, I'm a fishing & kayaking enthusiast who likes to share tips and tidbits with newbies, intermediates, and experienced anglers alike.

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