Originally Posted by nawilliams
Hey I'm tryin to expand my understanding of techniques and I'm wanting to see how everyone, if you do, fishes with nymphs, i.e., favorite nymphs, favorite rig to use, ect. Any advice is awesome as well!
I have tried throwing nymphs before, both as a dropper an with a float, but never seem to have any luck, nor do I have any confidence in it. I always end up wanting to just dump all my nymphs in the water and walking away!
Go fish with someone who knows how to effectively fish nymph rigs and observe. If that means hiring a guide, make that happen.
Learn how to control your drifts by managing your line. Learn how to mend your line and how to limit the amount of drag on the line by the current.
It varies. I am mostly a match the hatch kind of guy.
If I am going to strictly nymph, I have a dedicated leader system. It starts with three feet of heavy butt section material (30 pound test). If I use an indicator, it is placed on the butt section. Connected to that, I will have five to six feet of 2x or 3x leader material. That makes the leader body. I connect the butt section and the leader body with a small swivel. I will connect about 1.5 to 2 feet of smaller diameter tippet to the leader body. I use a tippet ring between the leader body and the tippet. I place my weight above the tippet ring.
Get a 7.5 to 9 foot leader. Tie a piece of tippet to it. Put an indicator about one to one and a half the depth of the water from the first fly. Add some weight about six inches to a foot above your fly if you need to. Find a fishy piece, and enjoy.
The reality of it all is that nymphing is probably the most effective way to fly fish once you get the technique down. During the day, most fish will hunker down deep picking off food that drifts down their way.
If you continue to have issues nymphing, go back to my best advice.