The thinking behind S-Mends
"Mending" normally refers to moving the fly line after it has landed on
the water in order to overcome the effects of drag on the fly.
In contrast an S-Mend uses the current to
induce movementin the fly.
- In his book 'Advanced Salmon Fishing', Reg Righyni wrote: "
At temperatures in the lower fifties, it often becomes necessary to let
the salmon have a good view of the bait only during a rather
- He used this diagram to show the spinner making a
U-turnahead of the fish. He remarked that sometimes
"a fish will take while the bait is traveling rapidly downstream"
- Finally he wrote:
"When the fish are lively enough to respond to this type of presentation,
sport can be possible from steep, heavily treed banks where there are lies
that cannot be covered effectively in any other way."
The S-Mend technique was inspired by these valuable insights into salmon
Reference: Reg Righyni, 'Advanced Salmon Fishing', published by Macdonald,
Trowbridge, Wiltshire,1973, p110-115.