Ed Engle began writing a column about small flies for Fly Tyer magazine in 1996. His previous books include Tying Small Flies and Splitting Cane: Conversations with Bamboo Rod Makers. He lives in Colorado, where he guides and instructs fly fishers on the South Platte River.
FREESTYLE NYMPHING isn't as new as it sounds. It's actually the way that many of us learned how to fish larger nymph imitations. We later applied that knowledge to fishing small flies with a tiny split shot attached to the leader before strike indicators were in widespread use. Most recent innovations for weighting tiny flies have made pure freestyle...