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Tag: nymph

Learn How to Tie the Pheasant Tail Attractor Nymph

Kent Klewein writes that he is “a firm believer in utilizing a bright attractor nymph in my tandem nymph rigs during the winter months.” And in this post, presents one of his favorite patterns for cold weather conditions: The Pheasant Tail Attractor Nymph. Via Gink & Gasoline.

How to Fish High Mountain Creek Pools

Question: I fly fish steep-gradient creeks in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in California. Many of these streams are not fishable except in the pools averaging four to seven feet deep. What is the best method to fish this type of water? And would one fish nymphs or streamers in such pools? —Dave B Answer: Best method? I’ll get to that. Let’s start with...

"An Emerger By Any Other Name"

Question: “Looking at my assortment of flies collected through the years, I cannot tell which are emergers and which are dry flies. Is there a way to tell the difference?” —Matt J Answer: Funny you should ask, Matt, I mean that you should ask now—I’m just finishing up a new class on fishing emergers (and soft-hackles and wet flies) for a...

Smaller and Quieter Can Be Better, Part II: No Hatch

As often as tiny flies are right for matching hatches, they can be right just for fooling trout when no hatches are underway. Let’s say you can see a trout holding down close to the pale cobble bottom in a clear river. You work a big Woolly Bugger ever deeper until at last it swims up to the trout’s mouth. The fish darts to the side to avoid the fly...

Basic Nymphing and Drop-Shot Rigging

Kelly Galloup: "Today we're going to talk about nymphing.  I'm going to go over some real basic stuff about nymph fishing. Three weeks ago I did a podcast with Roger Maves on 'Ask About Fly Fishing' and  it generated just hundreds of emails about how the setup was and things like that. And so what I want to go over is basics, real basics for spring...

How to Overhand, or Roll (Stack), Mend

"I'm going to give you what I think is the most important nymph fishing tips about mending that I have ever learned. I wish I'd learned this 10 years ago—my gosh I woulda got my clients into way more fish and I would have got a lot more fish myself. Today's tip is going to be titled 'overhand mending.' One of the problems with mending—and I do a lot of...

How to Tie a Body Glass Caddis

This super simple fly has been a moneymaker in the Black Hills this last season. The chartreuse and black version works great, but you can tie this pattern in any variety of color combinations. Great weight fly or point fly on a Czech nymph rig. Super durable and easy tie! "This is Ryan from Dakota Angler and Outfitter and today we're going to be tying a...

"Stuck"

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: "I lost many flies to the bottom last year (which seemed to be the only way to catch fish). I tend to just straighten my rod and pull when I am snagged, because if I try to save the fly I thrash around and ruin the fishing. Every time I break off, however, I have to re-tie...

Nymphing Techniques

Question: Since I can't see a nymph because it is underwater, what are the best ways to fish with it? Answer: Biologists say that about 80 to 90 per cent of a fish’s life is spent foraging beneath the surface of the water, so to be successful that’s where your fly should be for much of your fishing time. Fly anglers generally group the stages of a...

Experts' Top Ten Dry and Wet Flies

Have a question you want answered? Email it to us at [email protected] Question: How do you organize your fresh water fly boxes? Do you have a Top-10 list of dry & wet flies that you'll always carry? Mark C., Chattanooga, TN Answer: There are lots of ways to organize your flies: by season, by species, by kind of water, by fly style, by color, and so...