I love to swing soft-hackle flies. It’s one of the best fishing methods I know for trout in steadily moving water with a generally constant depth.
Below, RIO Products Brand Manager Simon Gawesworth shows you what kind of water you’ll be looking for when you’re out to swing soft-hackles, and he’ll give you some gear tips.
I also enjoy using Simon’s method of one-handed spey casting—RIO makes a great one-handed spey line that makes swinging soft-hackles a ton of fun, and super easy to cast, once you master the technique (which, if you fly fish regularly and have ever employed the roll cast, won’t take you long at all).
Check it out.