08-27-2014, 04:42 PM
Re: Nymph Fishing on long leader
I think the members of the forum who are in the USA may not be aware that in Europe, floats or strike indicators of the type normally used in the USA are NOT legal and so nymphers must direct line nymph (Euronymphing).
With that in mind, I pretty much agree with your post that longer leaders and thinner tippets are the way to nymph deep waters. The 2.5 meter average depth means 8.5 feet and a 5 meter leader would be 16 feet long. Euronymphing leaders can be as long as 25 - 30 feet long for the French and Spanish styles of euronymphing.
Whether strike indicator nymphing or direct line nymphing, an angler must at or close to the bottom and the only way to know you are fishing at the correct level is if you are occasionally bumping the bottom during each drift. As you note in your article, an occasional lost fly is the price we pay.
I have coined a term for being at the correct level, "Effective Drift Length" (EDL). I explain the concept in this post.
What is EDL - "Effective Drift Length"
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