Swinging flies for steelhead or trout! With Spey or single hand rod?Ill be getting a raft this summer, and it's primary purpose will be to anchor up above pools to swing flies through. A lot of areas around me have steep drop-offs from the bank and no access by foot, and can not be waded so for this fishing out of a boat makes sense.
This post reminds me of a day Sweetandsalt and I were anchored in a long dry fly slick on the Beaverhead. As we were sitting there two guys in a Rocky Mountain skiff came floating down the river. One guy standing in the bow while his partner back rowed the skiff keeping the caster in prefect position to present to risers on the far bank. My pard pointed out one they had passed by. The man on the sticks deftly maneuvered the boat back up stream into position for Eric Troth to make the perfect presentation. The fish ate it. No, not a Elk Hair Caddis, a PMD Thorax Dun. Al, would have been proud of them, anyway...I prefer the boat. Nothing better than getting that long 100-150 ft drift with the hopper 4 inches from the bank waiting for the water to explode or slamming thru the deeper canyon sections picking and popping every rock cushion, eddy, or seam and quickly picking back up and hitting the next one and the next one and the next one. Just talking about it makes me want to call the fly shop and make a reservation