The fly-fishing world is full of sub-communities, and one of the more passionate groups is made up of anglers who love the swung fly. Among trout fishers, swinging wet flies and Soft Hackles is not as popular as it once was, but it does seem like the technique is enjoying a resurgence. It’s really the steelhead-and-salmon crowd who preach the joys of swinging.
The latest issue of Swing the Fly magazine, which is online now, offers something for swingers of all kinds, with features on such traditional subjects as Spey fishing and as cutting edge as swinging for golden dorado. Trout fishermen who has stuck to the dry-nymph-streamer regimen may enjoy seeing the photo essay on swinging for trout on the Upper Columbia.