THOMAS MAHAN

The Guide Behind Swingwater

My name is Thomas Mahan

I have been mesmerized by figuring out how to move a fish in moving water for over 30 years. I grew up in the upper reaches of Northern California and and could walk to a river or creek whenever I wanted to. Tricking fish in moving water was engrained in me at a very young age and it is the game I still choose to play. 

The Spey rod has given me the rabbit hole i’ve always naturally wanted to go down. I am, by nature, analytical and very inquisitive. Inherently the details have presented themselves along my journey. Those details have given me tools to pass on in my teachings of everything Spey. 

I have guided and fished the Spey rod from Alaska all the way down to Northern California and most of the great Steelhead rivers in between.Through it all, upper, Northern California is my favorite place to hunt fish with a Spey rod. Throughout the PNW, Northern California is steeped in deep traditions of swinging the fly in some of the most beautful rivers on planet earth. I am a Northern California Spey Guide and i am very proud to call Norcal my home.

Swingwater Fly Fishing - Northern California Spey &Amp; Flyfishing Guide
Swingwater Fly Fishing - Northern California Spey &Amp; Flyfishing Guide

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Swingwater Fly Fishing - Northern California Spey &Amp; Flyfishing Guide
Swingwater Fly Fishing - Northern California Spey &Amp; Flyfishing Guide