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Tag: nymphing

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...

Swimphing 101

It used to be a steelheader had to choose between artistry and soul—a.k.a., the swing—and their desire to catch every fish in the river—a.k.a., indy nymphing, chuck & ducking, and so on and so forth.  Today we bring you a hybrid creature, a slippery customer.  It's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll. Today we bring the swimph. That...

DVD Review: "European Nymphing – A Strategic Approach"

FLY FISHING IN NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. Tie on a fly, put it in front of a fish, detect the strike, hook the fish and land the fish. That's all there is to it. Really. Though Aaron Jasper may not put it in exactly those words, that's the underlying message that I get from his European Nymphing video series. In this second video of the series, "European Nymphing...

Fly Fishing Jazz: Country Music, Czech Nymphing, and Tube Jigs

I bet you’re wondering how I’m going to pull all these things together into one “Fly Fishing Jazz” column… For starters, I’ll say that Willie Nelson—that’s right, the pigtailed country troubadour—is one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time. The classic song “Crazy,” written by Willie and perhaps made most famous by the great...

Fly Fishing Jazz: How Deep is the Ocean?

I’ll borrow from this jazz standard, best covered by Billie Holliday and Charlie Parker, to make a very important point about fly fishing, especially fly fishing with nymphs and wet flies. The depth at which your flies float through the presentation zone matters at least 10 times more than the subtleties of the fly patterns you fish. As such, I will...

Small-Fly Freestyle Nymphing

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...