Techniques and Tactics For Nymphing
Just like dry fly fishing, there are many, many ways to fish anymph. Which one you should use really boils down to how skilledyou are in nymph fly fishing and what you are attempting to catchand where you are doing it. Make sense? Probably not, but let'smove forward to give you some idea on the different nymphingtechniques available when fly fishing.
This e-book goes over the easiest method for beginners to use. The more effective Dead Drift Method is covered in a bit.
Nymph Fly Fishing Technique : Beginner Method
This method of fishing nymphs is probably the easiest for anybeginner to use, and is certainly a good way to get introduced tonymphing in general. This nymph fly fishing technique, whichinvolves casting the nymph directly across the river and thenletting is float all the way down to a point on the riverdirectly below the angler, removes many of the problems of nymphfly fishing for the new anglers.
The beginner method of fly fishing with nymphs is quite simple. First, just cast your nymph directly across the stream from whereyou stand. Then, let the fly float down the river, keeping theline tight as it floats away as well as following the fly withyour fly rod. Eventually, the nymph will be at a point directlydownstream from you. This is the point you want. Due to the current, here the nymphwill begin to "rise" out of the depths due to the current of theriver. The current will also wiggle the little nymph all around. Thus, when the nymph is directly downstream from you, hold thenymph there for a couple of seconds, and then gradually raise thetip of your fly rod, which will bring the nymph a bit further upfrom the depths of the river. This is the most likely point of astrike using this method.
This is a nice method for beginners, as it is all done by feel, not by sight. You do not need to use a strike indicator for thisnymph fly fishing method. Instead, since the fly line will betense at all times, you will feel a trout strike immediately. Moreover, setting the hook is a snap too, since the trout willhook itself when it takes your fly - due to the tight tension inthe fly line.
So, what's wrong with this beginner method? A number of things, actually. First, the only point this method is likely to draw anystrikes is right at the point where your nymph begins to lift offfrom the depths of the river. This greatly narrows the scope ofthe effectiveness of this fly fishing method; since the vastmajority of the float of the nymph is "wasted" (trout areunlikely to take a nymph that is careening at weird angles acrossa river).
Secondly, since the point of the strike will occur directly belowyou, you need to make sure that you are able to be directlyupstream of this point. If, for some reason (and there are lotsof potential reasons) you can't get directly upstream of thispoint, you're unlikely to get your fly there.
And, lastly, this method won't work from a boat very well. Thisbeginner method is mainly designed for the angler who is flyfishing with nymphs from the shore.
This page covered the "beginners nymphing method", for lack ofbetter terminology. While this method is an excellent way for thebeginner to get started in nymph fly fishing, there are bettermethods available.
So, let's look more closely at advanced nymphing techniques, particularly the Dead Drift Method for Nymph Fishing.
The method listed above is an excellent method for beginneranglers to use when fly fishing with wet flies. However, thereare a modifications of this basic method that will improve yourfly fishing productivity and are not much more difficult to learnhow to do. This page discusses several of these methods.
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