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Default Re: Better nymphing....need tips

One more secret to nymphing. Flows at depth.
The speed of the surface water is much faster than the flow near the bottom.
(3 to 10 x faster.)
When fishing a dry, we can track the drift by comparing the fly's position to bubbles on the surface. A dead drifted fly keeps pace with the surface flow.
But, if your nymph is near the bottom, not only will you see a "tick" from the bottom rocks, but the surface bubbles will pass the indicator by.
The slower water near the bottom"grabs" your fly.
To get a visual, try dropping your offering in the shallows and count down till it hits bottom.
(4 seconds for two ft. aprox.) On your next cast, count down from the minute your flies land on the water. At the point it reaches the "Laminar flow" near the bottom, your indy will slow way-down. If you don't see this slow-down, you are not getting the drift.
If you practice this a few times, you will be able to "see" if you are getting the drift. I adjust my indy in 4-6" increments.
Be heads up, shortly after getting the drift, you may see a fish.....Happy nymphing!

Jim
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