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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2020, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm an old fisherman and apparently getting left behind by younger fisherpeople.

Growing up when we went out with a rod and reel etc. we were going fishing.
And if fly fishing we fished either "dry fly" or "wet fly"

Now I read in the forum that people don't go fishing anymore.
And they don't fish wet or dry.
They go "swinging"
They look forward to "swinging" or are travelling somewhere to go "swinging"
Or looking forward to "swinging" with a new rod or reel or fly.

This is causing me much confusion.

In my day swinging happened when someone said they would "swing" by for coffee in a hour or so.
Or Mickey Mantle was swinging for the fences,
Or if they were going "swinging" it meant taking their wife or SO and heading off for an evening of frolic with other "swingers" to exchange things etc.

Is this a sign that people aren't going fishing anymore because there are no fish in the rivers?
And as no fish will be caught the activity has been renamed "swinging"
Do we need to clarify if a person is posting about going to a swinging party with other like minded swingers and taking his partner?
Or out swinging on a river possibly with other like minded swingers but not engaging in that kind of swinging on the riverbank.

You can see where there can be great confusion and possible grave social blunders.

Person A "I took my rod out and went swinging. Had a great time. Met a lovely women. We agreed to go swinging together again. She can really show a thigh.
Person B " I took my rod out and went swinging. Had a great time. Met a lovely woman. We agreed to go swinging together again. She can really throw a fly.

Is it time for a new term to avoid problems?
Can we blame the government for this?
All help is appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-16-2020, 02:55 PM
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Yes, you're old, confused, and being left behind by a younger generation. Welcome to the 21st century.

A youthful 71 here. I was at the fly fishing show in Lynwood yesterday, and when I stopped to talk with a vendor, he asked if I'd been fishing. I mentioned yes, that I had been out Wednesday. He asked about my success. I answered that I had one grab and that was it. He said, "Grab? Oh, steelhead; on the swing?" I answered, "How else do you fish for steelhead in the winter?"
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I'm an old fisherman and apparently getting left behind by younger fisherpeople.

Growing up when we went out with a rod and reel etc. we were going fishing.
And if fly fishing we fished either "dry fly" or "wet fly"

Now I read in the forum that people don't go fishing anymore.
And they don't fish wet or dry.
They go "swinging"
They look forward to "swinging" or are travelling somewhere to go "swinging"
Or looking forward to "swinging" with a new rod or reel or fly.

This is causing me much confusion.

In my day swinging happened when someone said they would "swing" by for coffee in a hour or so.
Or Mickey Mantle was swinging for the fences,
Or if they were going "swinging" it meant taking their wife or SO and heading off for an evening of frolic with other "swingers" to exchange things etc.

Is this a sign that people aren't going fishing anymore because there are no fish in the rivers?
And as no fish will be caught the activity has been renamed "swinging"
Do we need to clarify if a person is posting about going to a swinging party with other like minded swingers and taking his partner?
Or out swinging on a river possibly with other like minded swingers but not engaging in that kind of swinging on the riverbank.

You can see where there can be great confusion and possible grave social blunders.

Person A "I took my rod out and went swinging. Had a great time. Met a lovely women. We agreed to go swinging together again. She can really show a thigh.
Person B " I took my rod out and went swinging. Had a great time. Met a lovely woman. We agreed to go swinging together again. She can really throw a fly.

Is it time for a new term to avoid problems?
Can we blame the government for this?
All help is appreciated.
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I think the term "swinging", has stemmed from the want to separate ourselves from other types of fishing. Steelhead fishing has seemingly increased exponentially ever year, and the fish numbers have gone in the opposite direction. With low fish numbers I think there are two main schools of thought; "Swing flies, catch less fish, and be cool with it" AND "Fish as effectively as possible, to hook as many as possible." The first school of thought is one that I imagine most on this sight share, where fishing for steelhead, is swinging a fly. The later however, is shared by not only gear guys, but also fly guys who nymph. I'm not here to judge a specific style of fishing, just state facts, and the facts are nymphing and gear is just more productive, meaning a larger impact on the fishery. With one school of thought focused on quality, the other is focused on quantity; they are completely opposite. So, one school of thought naturally tries to separate itself from the other, making sure to emphasize their perceived impact on the fishery. Also, swinging, is quite literally a word describing what they are doing, so that's a large part too.

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