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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Swinging a Lake shore

Location: Rotorua region Central North Island, NZ.
The wife had a conference to attend there so I tagged along to fish a lake that had been on my radar to fish for some time. It was a perfect opportunity to use my ACR 1175 armed with a Beulah Elixir 325gr and fish the wave/wind drift that would run down an exposed shore line. The lake holds mainly hatchery fish that congregate around their release sites in early winter with some lake bed spawning occurring. I fished a inter clear poly, 6-8ft tippet as the water is very clear and size 10 smelt patterns. The drift/swing with the wave/wind was perfect and I added small strips to jazz the movement of the fly through its path back to the shore, through a rotation of about 75 degrees from delivery out from the shore line. In the lake shot I'm fishing the fly left to right, making casts out to about 70' which was more than ample. Even though I was fishing after the full moon phrase (kills the bite ) the few fish (27") that came on put a smile on my face, especially when the NORMAL fly fishers there that day blanked. Next time there it will be a sinking scandi to target Tiger Trout
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 06:23 PM
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Great report !!
That is an interesting way to swing ... great thought behind it !! Could open up some opportunities for others close by to lakes. I know that I associate swinging only with rivers, but using the wind and waves on a lake is ingenious
Cool little patterns too !!


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A few months back on Pyramid lake, in Nevada we had some similar conditions. Wind and currents were strong enough to drive the line pretty fast - I've swung flies slower than that on some spring creeks! A usual technique is to dredge some stripped flies right near the bottom for the huge lahonton cutthroats, but most people were using indicators in that particular spot due to the rocks. If there is anything worse than indicator fishing it is indicator fishing on a lake, so I decided to just take off the bobber and joked I was going to do some "swinging". It was reallly nice to have contact with the flies again, I can tell you - and it worked great catching fish too.

Impossible to tell exactly where these current were coming from, and an hour later the water started moving in the opposite direction for no reason I could figure out.
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I use this trick a lot on our highland lakes where I try to get on a shore with a quartering wind. Don't really give a rats ass which quarter because I have spey rods. With the wind strong (creating lots of noise in the water) it is even possible to wade offshore and fish in toward the bank. Another trick in the still water is to find a point jutting out into the lake.There is almost always wind down here in the roaring forties and therefore water being accelerated around the structure one direction or another. The cunning Mr.Brown knows that this creates a food conveyor much like a bubble line in any river. Its a lovely place to swing a few wets. Cheers...Jimmy
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Hmmmmm. I might know a place or two that meets the criteria.
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nice write-up. the buck rainbow pictured is really pretty too. I bet that fish put up a fight.
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As Tasmania Spey mentioned wind is the key element, with a wave action running with it, these waves will also impart movement in the fly as the floating line rides it through its arc. You also mentioned points which are hot spots, its pulse raising when you wade a point and sight fish surfing the "break" in a beat. The wind in our part of the world is often never ending, not constant either so reading a squall as it approaches is handy not only for casting but adding the swing, the casts are often big open loopy sails travelling with the wind which suit short scandi lines with their back end mass and fine tips for some stealth (surface chop hides so much) at the end of the day the fly gets delivered into the zone while single handed fishers struggle and give up
Steelchromedome: Thanks, yes they gave a good run out to the drop off and would then run down wind seeing plenty of backing in the process, that's thousands of clicks :
GR8LAKES FLYER: Easy flies to tie, try to use soft materials with the more gentle conditions in a lake, the tan rabbit version really pulsed Cheers.
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Shore based "Shark Fishing" i call it, in the waves......Shark Fishing is a term used here in Tassie to describe sight fishing or Blind Flogging (usually in a boat drifting downwind)for Browns and Rainbows. Can be an Adrenalin rush at times and very productive.....most here use a single hand rod but not all.......".some of us have seen the light "

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