I use three rods for swinging for trout. 7'9" #4 cane, 8'8" #6, Scott G, and a Winston micro spey #5. Which I choose to use depends on the size of the river I am fishing. I use a team of flies, locally the limit is three flies, so I swing 3 flies most of the time. I use two lines, a dry and a sink tip. The sink tip is a type 3, with 10 feet of sinking line. Poly leaders when fishing the micro spey. I line the micro spey with a old Tactical Steelhead head from Airflo. Kind of cool how Wet Fly fishing is coming back around. When I started fly fishing you either fished a dry fly or swung wet flies. Those that fished nymphs used a full sinking line using the Leisenring Lift or a sink tip using the Brooks method. I was never able to master either method, but I could catch them on the swing, with wet flies. Swinging flies for trout took a back seat when bobber nymphing came about. It wasn't until Dec came out with his light line two handers, 12 years ago, that I returned to swinging for trout. I have had some crazy fun days on the South Fork of the Snake, Henry's Fork and Utah's Green River as well as the smaller not so well known streams, swinging flies. I am always ready to swings, no mater where I am fishing. It does not take a long rod to effectively swing flies, however the longer rods with a double handle do have a great feel and the two handed casts are pretty effective, even on the smaller rivers. I have found I can catch fish on the swing, even when there is no hatch activity. I do not limit myself to just soft hackles/spiders. I tie and fish all the old school flies as well as some of the traditional Irish wet flies. The Hares Ear, March Brown, and Ginger Quill are among my favorite. Fun stuff for sure.
Last edited by Marty; 04-13-2017 at 12:44 PM.