Video: Deep Water Nymphing with Gary LaFontaine

May 28, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Gary LaFontaine gained wide notoriety for his sparkle pupa series of fly patterns and for his classic book Caddisflies. But to the people who were lucky enough to know him, he was more than just another very knowledgeable fly fisher. He was, as one friend told me, “the kind of guy you could sit down and have a beer with, and come away with some bit of knowledge you’d never considered before.” The fly fishing world lost one of its great mentors when LaFontaine died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2002.
This week we’re happy to begin a series of showings from the DVD “Successful Fly Fishing Strategies,” in which LaFontaine and former major league outfielder Dick Sharon demonstrate a wide range of situational strategies. Besides being another example of Jeffrey Pill’s truly fine filmwork, the DVD is packed with tips on how to handle everything from small stream pocketwater to undercut banks. This first segment covers “Deep Water Nymphing” and shows how indicators and weight are effectively employed in high water.