Re: Nymph rig for Western Carolina
It can mess with your casting, as can multiple nymphs, shot above a nymph, etc. But I tend to lob weighted nymphs with an indicator rather than cast as I might a dry. Yes the indicator helps detect a strike, suspend the fly at a certain depth, and helps you see if the fly is dragging. However it will be pulled at the speed of the top of the water column, if the nymph is in slower water near the bottom it would move faster than the other stuff the fish sees above the bottom. 2x the depth is a good place to start. Slower water / heavier nymphs can be less than 2x and faster water / lighter nymph can need more. Look to tick bottom and/or periodically hang up to know you are near the bottom.
- William Jensen