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Putting the Up-and-Down in Your Wet-Fly Swing

July 4, 2011 By: Marshall Cutchin

In his weekly Fly Fishing Jazz column, Kirk Deeter gets serious about swing—and reminds us that it’s more than the side-to-side that makes swinging flies so effective.

“Many times, I have found myself in sight fishing situations where I saw a big trout in a river, and it is surfing the hydraulic ‘cushion’ in front of a rock in the current. I’ve tried the standard high-stick nymph rig to catch those fish, to no avail. I swerve streamers over their faces… and that works sometimes.”