The dry fly purist in me says it’s time to wake up.
If you’ve followed me for any decent amount of time, you’ll know that I am primarily a dry fly and hopper guy. It’s what I love to fish, what I love to tie and how I learned both.
2016 is the year that I wake up and focus more on nymphing and nymphing techniques.
But no matter how much I love drys and hoppers, I’m not blind to that the fact that nymphs simply catch more fish. I’ve never really been a nymph guy, but that’s going to change in 2016. Mostly because I’m ready for something different, but also because I know it’s just a matter of time before I’ll be there anyway.
Most of the locations I fish, and the times of year I fish, have rarely warranted venturing into nymphing tactics. Drys and hoppers always did a pretty good job of tricking trout. But I’ve always ended the day curious about what else I might have been able to catch if I were more comfortable with nymphing.
As I’ve started fishing more in the Winter months, nymphing has become as important as ever. We’re also experiencing very high, very fast water conditions on my local waters right now, which is where I’ve always heard nymphs (and streamers) excel.
I’ve dabbled with a dry/dropper setup a few times in the past, and even did so yesterday. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s really not any more difficult than just throwing a single fly. I need to work on it more, and I plan on it. Like all things fly fishing, it comes down to the right presentation to make it happen.
I’m also not a fan of using a strike indicator, but again, I have very little experience with doing it. I’ve been working on some homemade yarn indicators for this though, and I plan on putting much more effort into this technique in the near future.
I’ve tied plenty of nymphs as I’ve learned more about fly tying. Knowing that nymphs were going to be high on the list this year, I’ve started cranking out more of them at the vise. I keep my nymphs really simple, especially knowing that I plan to lose plenty of them.
I’m mainly tying caddis pupa, brassies and zebra midges at the moment. And of course, I’m stocking up on Pheasant Tail’s and my variations of those.
Stay tuned as I hit the waters a little more and get schooled on the fine art of nymphing for trout in local waters. It will probably be really bad or really good.
Got any nymphing tips or techniques that you want to share? Drop me a comment below, as I’d love to hear them.