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I know certain guides and anglers have been really successful swinging flies at putah. Not expecting any hand holding since I know many like to keep their putah tricks to themselves but curious if there are any tips or techniques related to swinging/stripping bigger flies at putah.

 

 



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I’ll be honest with you here. Master nymphing first. It’s hard enough . Then....branch out into other disciplines.

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So i should throw my spey rods and anything over a 5wt in the trash? Come on man, I'm asking about swinging putah.

I always take a nymph rod and a swing rod with me. Just curious about swinging more.

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For the most part I just swing woolly buggers and it's great. With my 9ft 5wt. Ten ft leader putah small no need for a switch rod or spey lol I can roll cast acrost most all of it.

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I mentioned the spey rods in reference to mastering one discipline from Mudhen .I would never use a soey it switch at putah .

 

Your set up sounds like what I have been using but I have a sinking line on usually. It's a slow sink like 5 ips or less.



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Oh hey man, I'm sorry. I mistook you for the new guy on here. Yeah, swing away, there are fish to be caught. The only problem is that stripping streamers means covering a lot of ground, and at Putah, it can be hard to get around. Try the frog water, you may be surprised.

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Swinging flies is my favorite way to fish; its the only way i fish for steelhead. As you probably know, not the most productive
method at all but very fun when you hook up and sort of a cerebral and enjoyably simple way to fish. Ive never had a bite swinging/stripping streamers on putah, but havent spent more than maybe 8-10 hours doing it. it definitley works on putah for those that put the time in though, and people hook some of the bigger fish doing it.

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Swinging or stripping a sculpin or leach pattern can be very effective on Putah, particularly in low light conditions.  Don't linger too long in any one place: cover an area, move down several steps, cover the next area, repeat.  Maybe not as many fish as nymphing, but always a thrill getting the grab when they are on it.   



-- Edited by Phasesofwatersports on Monday 5th of November 2018 07:59:26 PM

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Sometimes I put a soft hackle as point fly and let it "hang" at the end of a drift for 10 or 20 seconds. If a fish followed the fly, it will grab it just before or while you lift the rod to recast. Feeling a grab is very exciting and when I'm out of practice I jerk the rod too soon and lose the fish.

I caught many fish at the creek with this method. It's been my experience that you only get one chance at the that willing fish. If you don't get him the first time he won't give you a second chance.

Best place to swing flies used to be Lower Yuba. I hear it's been meager so far this year. Hopefully it'll pick up when it opens back up in December. A good place to go while Putah trout spawn.



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I used to have good luck on the Yuba swinging flys in the dead of summer. 100+ temps don't always make for a pleasant fishing experience but the water is always cold. I've only got a few fish swinging flys on Putah, as mentioned above, they were on a sculpin pattern down by the big island.

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